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The Accused (1988)

R | | Drama | 14 October 1988 (USA)
After a young woman suffers a brutal gang 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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Bernie Coulson ...
Ken Joyce
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Sally Fraser
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D.A. Paul Rudolph
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Larry
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Attorney Paulsen
Terry David Mulligan ...
Lieutenant Duncan
Woody Brown ...
Danny
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Attorney Wainwright
Kim Kondrashoff ...
Kurt
Stephen E. Miller ...
Polito
Tom Heaton ...
Bartender Jesse
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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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Reckless Endangerment  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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$32,069,318 (USA)
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Astrology is discussed four times in the movie. See more »

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In both scenes when characters are playing the pinball machine we can hear the ball rolling around, scoring points and making the usual pinball machine noises but the score on the machine never changes. See more »

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Kathryn Murphy: This is what the jury is going to see. And they are going to see the girl too and you can't tell it from these. But she's tiny. She's the most defenceless looking thing you you ever saw.
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Referenced in Perfect Blue (1997) See more »

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By Brad Fiedel & Ross Levinson
Performed by Vanessa Anderson
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a serious and troubling study of sexism at its worst
1 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The shocking true story of a bar room gang rape is lifted from the headlines to become, with dramatic license, a serious and troubling study of sexism at its worst, when the victim herself is accused of 'asking for it'. Jodie Foster offers a courageous performance as the tough but vulnerable Sarah Tobias, whose behavior on the night of the crime was certainly provocative, but as the flashback re-enactment shows all too clearly no amount of provocation could justify such a brutal response. Up until those final scenes the film is a well-crafted but largely conventional topical drama, with lots of predictable bonding between Foster and her conscience stricken attorney Kelly McGillis. But the attack itself, teasingly saved until the final reel, is so graphic and degrading it obliterates the memory of everything that happened earlier. The scene is pure exploitation, but it serves a purpose, putting audiences in the same, ugly position as the cheering onlookers in the bar, who in many ways were even guiltier than the rapists themselves.


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