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The Accused (1988)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  14 October 1988 (USA)
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After a young woman suffers a brutal rape in a bar one night, a prosecutor assists in bringing the perpetrators to justice, including the ones who encouraged and cheered on the attack.

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Cast

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Bernie Coulson ...
Ken Joyce
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Sally Fraser
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D.A. Paul Rudolph
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Bob Joiner
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Larry
Peter Van Norden ...
Attorney Paulsen
Terry David Mulligan ...
Lieutenant Duncan
Woody Brown ...
Danny
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Attorney Wainwright
Kim Kondrashoff ...
Kurt
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Polito
Tom Heaton ...
Bartender Jesse
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Storyline

Sarah Tobias goes to her local bar and is gang-raped by three men. The district attorney on the case is Katheryn Murphy who wants to prove that although Sarah had taken drugs that night and was acting provocatively while in the bar, this is no reason for her to be so brutally attacked and the men responsible should be brought to justice. Written by Sami Al-Taher <staher2000@yahoo.com>

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The first scream was for help. The second is for justice. See more »

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Crime | Drama

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14 October 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Reckless Endangerment  »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$32,069,318 (USA)
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In the music store where Sarah encounters Cliff, all the VHS tapes visible are Paramount catalog titles, the same production company of this film. See more »

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Kelly McGillis's Character is credited as "Kathryn Murphy", but after Sarah walks out of her office and the door is shut, we can see a sign on the office door with the name "Katheryn Murphy" See more »

Quotes

Kathryn Murphy: Ladies and Gentleman, Mr. Paulson has told you the testimony of Sarah Tobias is nothing. Sarah Tobias was raped but that is nothing. She was cut, bruised, and terrorized but that is nothing. All of it happened in front of a howling crowd and that is nothing. Well, it may be nothing to Mr. Paulson, but it is not nothing to Sarah Tobias and I don't believe it's nothing to you. Next, Mr. Paulson tried to convince you that Kenneth Joyce was the only one in that room who knew that Sarah Tobias was ...
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By Gina Schock, Vance DeGeneres & Paul Sanchez
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This movie is about more than rape
29 July 2004 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

This movie is about more than rape. It's about societal views of rape and the objectification of the female in a patriarchal society. The actual courtroom drama portion is not prosecuting the rapists, but the men who cheered on and encouraged the gang rape of a woman in a public place. As you watch the movie, look at the image of the woman on the pinball machine; look at the friend who turned away; the boyfriend who expects the victim to "get over it;" the lawyer who thinks it's OK to cut a deal that removes a rape charge in order to get the rapists behind bars, without thought for the life of the victim afterward. Society is on trial here.


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