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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

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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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Trivia

Phoebe Cates reportedly turned down the offer to play Sarah. See more »

Goofs

When Sarah, after the rape, goes back to The Mill, her red car is first shown dry and shiny and without a rear license plate. A few seconds later, in a close-up shot, we see the same car is wet from rain drops and with the license plate 'SXY SADI' on the back. See more »

Quotes

Kathryn Murphy: Either you tell me right now what you saw or you can tell it to me on the witness stand.
Ken Joyce: Why? This isn't my business. I don't care about this.
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Courtesy of Rhino Records, Inc.
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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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