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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 <>

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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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The movie is based on a real-life gang rape that occurred on 6 March 1983 at Big Dan's Bar in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The bar lost its liquor license the very next day. 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 »


Sarah Tobias: [Larry tries to kiss Sarah] Stop! Stop!
Larry: When are you going to get over this? Because it's getting really boring!
Sarah Tobias: Get out!
Larry: Fine. I'll be back in a couple of hours.
Sarah Tobias: No. This is my house, and I don't want you in it. Get out!
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No Male Bashing Took Place in this movie
3 November 2004 | by (Chicago, Il) – See all my reviews

I was appalled by one reviewers comments on this movie, stating that a rape victim "got what she deserved". NO one, Woman or man, deserves to be raped, violated or harmed just because they were at the wrong place.

This movie is based on a true story, and the actors were very moving. People make mistakes, someone could be that upset and choose to behave in a manner not appropriate, yet when that Person chooses to stop and say NO, then No is it. No, Stop, Don't, these words do not mean, well, I ask for it. Anyone who thinks otherwise, I feel sorry for because they are sad, lonely and deprived of self worth.

Jodi Foster Is a great actress and puts all her strength in her roles. She is very talented and she and Kelly M. made this movie. Hopefully the person that had to endure this horrid act, is going on, with strength and success.

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