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The Accused (1988)

R  |   |  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 overview, first billed only:
Bernie Coulson ...
Ken Joyce
Sally Fraser
D.A. Paul Rudolph
Bob Joiner
Attorney Paulsen
Terry David Mulligan ...
Lieutenant Duncan
Woody Brown ...
Attorney Wainwright
Kim Kondrashoff ...
Tom Heaton ...
Bartender Jesse


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 »


Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

14 October 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Reckless Endangerment  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)


$32,069,318 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Justine Bateman turned down the role of Sarah, in order to stay on the TV series Family Ties (1982) See more »


When man is playing the pin-ball machine in the bar his score reads 196,100, but a few seconds later, after a reaction shot of Kathryn, the score is only 14,050. See more »


Cliff 'Scorpion' Albrect: [to Kurt] Gotta see his panties!
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Referenced in Wedding Crashers (2005) See more »


Love In Return
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Performed by House of Schock
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
Special Markets Division
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Powerful, Disturbing Stuff
31 May 2000 | by (Mamaroneck, NY) – See all my reviews

I saw this film with my girlfriend about a year after I graduated from college, where I had lived in the alpha-male, females-as-accessories environment of a fraternity house. While I know of nothing that went on in my fraternity that compares to the horrible events of this film, I was struck that some of the beer-fueled conversations I had with my fraternity brothers could have led to the same results with more likelihood than I realized at the time (or care to admit even to this day). Suffice it to say, I cried all the way home from this movie, as much from shame as anything else.

Twelve years later, I still cannot recall being as horrifyingly struck by a scene as I was during the rape scene at the end of "The Accused" -- and I definitely do not have the stomach to see it again. The movie, in my view, is exceedingly well-acted (Foster's Oscar was well-deserved) and well-told. It has the rare gift of touching the viewer viscerally for the entire duration -- discomfort being the feeling.

This isn't virtuoso film-making like "The Godfather", but at the same time I can think of no greater compliment for a movie than it truly opened my eyes to a new perspective that I was not mature enough to grasp on my own. I left the theater a different person -- how often can that be said?

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