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The Accused -- Jodie Foster gives an Oscar--winning performance as the hard--living, fiercely independent Sarah Tobias, who is gang--raped in the back of a neighbourhood bar. But that is only the beginning of her ordeal. Now Sarah finds herself battling the legal system, not once but twice, as she and her attorney go after both her attackers and the onlookers whose cheering fueled and encouraged the assault.
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Release Date:
14 October 1988 (USA) See more »
On April 18th 1987, Sarah Tobias stops for a drink at a bar called The Mill. See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kelly McGillis ... Kathryn Murphy

Jodie Foster ... Sarah Tobias
Bernie Coulson ... Ken Joyce

Leo Rossi ... Cliff 'Scorpion' Albrect

Ann Hearn ... Sally Fraser

Carmen Argenziano ... D.A. Paul Rudolph

Steve Antin ... Bob Joiner

Tom O'Brien ... Larry

Peter Van Norden ... Attorney Paulsen
Terry David Mulligan ... Lieutenant Duncan
Woody Brown ... Danny

Scott Paulin ... Attorney Wainwright
Kim Kondrashoff ... Kurt
Stephen E. Miller ... Polito
Tom Heaton ... Bartender Jesse

Andrew Kavadas ... Defendant Matt Haines

Tom McBeath ... Defendant Stu Holloway

Rose Weaver ... Nurse

Linda Darlow ... Rape Center Woman

Veena Sood ... Woman Orderly
Allan Lysell ... Assistant D.A. Massi
Antony Holland ... Plea Bargain Lawyer

Kevin McNulty ... Plea Bargain Lawyer

Jerry Wasserman ... Plea Bargain Lawyer
Barney O'Sullivan ... Trial Judge

Christianne Hirt ... Angela

Frances Flanagan ... Mrs. Albrect
Marsha Andrews ... TV Commentator
Mike Winlaw ... TV Commentator
Pamela Martin ... TV Commentator

Walter Marsh ... Bail Hearing Judge (as Wally Marsh)
Deryl Hayes ... Court Officer
E. Andrea Klann ... Court Reporter
Bryan Johnson ... Bailiff
Dana Still ... Jury Foreman
Denalda Williams ... Sarah's Mother on Phone

Babs Chula ... Woman Lawyer
Peter Bibby ... Dinner Party Date

Rebecca Toolan ... 911 Operator
Stephen Dimopoulos ... Complaining Customer
Laurie O'Byrne ... Complaining Customer
Freda Perry ... Receptionist
John H. Cox ... Policeman
Jim Bedard ... Second Bartender
Kirsten Keane ... Sally's Daughter
David Sheridan ... Sally's Son

Garry Chalk ... Courthouse Reporter (as Gary Chalk)

Garwin Sanford ... Courthouse Reporter
Gloria Lee ... Courthouse Reporter
Stephen Brent Lambert ... Courthouse Reporter
Matt LaFleur ... Courthouse Reporter
Michele Goodger ... Courthouse Reporter
Scott Walden ... Record Store Clerk
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jim Browning ... 2nd Bailiff (uncredited)
David Paul Hewitt White ... Hockey Fan (uncredited)

Directed by
Jonathan Kaplan 
Writing credits
Tom Topor (written by)

Produced by
Stanley R. Jaffe .... producer
Sherry Lansing .... producer
Jack Roe .... associate producer
Original Music by
Brad Fiedel 
Cinematography by
Ralf D. Bode (director of photography) (as Ralf Bode)
Film Editing by
O. Nicholas Brown 
Gerald B. Greenberg  (as Jerry Greenberg)
Casting by
Sally Dennison 
Julie Selzer 
Production Design by
Richard Wilcox  (as Richard Kent Wilcox)
Art Direction by
Sheila Haley 
Set Decoration by
Barry W. Brolly 
Costume Design by
Trish Keating 
Makeup Department
Sandy Cooper .... head makeup artist
Sherry Linder-Gygli .... head hair stylist (as Sherry Linder)
Beverly K. Sewers .... assistant hair stylist
Jo-Anne Smith-Ojeil .... assistant makeup artist (as Jo-Anne Smith)
Production Management
Warren Carr .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Wendy Chesal .... third assistant director
Paul Etherington .... additional second assistant director
Patrice Leung .... second assistant director
Gina Power .... dgc trainee
David W. Rose .... first assistant director
Art Department
John G. Anderson .... carpenter helper
Mel Bourne .... design consultant
Kim Brown .... lead painter
Gordon Brunner .... set dresser
Hope Caton .... set decoration buyer (as E. Hope Caton)
Richard H. Fahlman .... set dresser
Jurgen Gottschlag .... head painter
Dan Hanen .... set dresser
Kenneth H. Hawryliw .... assistant property master (as Ken Hawryliw)
Alan Hoffman .... storyboard artist
Avo Liva .... greens
William Matthews .... set decorator laborer
Kim Mooney .... draughtsman
Peter Nicol .... carpenter
Michael O'Connor .... assistant set decorator
Lawrence F. Pevec .... graphic designer
Mike Rennison .... construction foreperson
Rick Stranan .... carpenter (as R.M. Stranan)
Grant Swain .... property master (as Grant R. Swain)
Faye Thorp .... set dresser
Elizabeth Wilcox .... set decoration buyer
Arthur Wills .... lead carpenter
David Willson .... construction coordinator
Dean Willson .... carpenter
Sound Department
Andy Aaron .... sound effects recordist
Louis Bertini .... sound editor
Kristine Bulakowski .... assistant sound editor (as Kris Bulakowski)
Randall Coleman .... assistant adr editor
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist (as Marco Costanzo)
Graham Crowell .... boom operator
David M. Cyr .... cable person trainee
Rick Dior .... re-recording mixer: New York
Ken Eluto .... assistant sound editor
Harriet Fidlow .... adr editor (as Harriet Fidlow Winn)
David W. Gray .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Cecelia Hall .... dubbing editor: Los Angeles
Neil L. Kaufman .... sound editor (as Neil Kaufman)
Michael Kirchberger .... supervising sound editor
Dan Korintus .... assistant sound editor
Gregg Landaker .... sound re-recording mixer: Los Angeles
Robert Nichols II .... sound re-recordist: Los Angeles
Bitty O'Sullivan-Smith .... sound editor
Sergio Reyes .... re-recording mixer: Los Angeles
Gary Ritchie .... sound re-recordist: Los Angeles
Elizabeth Schwartz .... assistant sound editor
Paul P. Soucek .... apprentice sound editor (as Paul Soucek)
Ira Spiegel .... sound editor
Leo Trombetta .... assistant sound editor
Elliot Tyson .... re-recording mixer: Los Angeles
Deborah Wallach .... adr editor
George Watters II .... dubbing editor: Los Angeles
Rob Young .... sound mixer
Ken Dufva .... foley artist (uncredited)
George A. Lara .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Jim Rosenthal .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Gary Paller .... special effects supervisor
Roy Schultz .... special effects assistant (as Roy Schulz)
Kerrie Cullen .... stunt coordinator
Tony Morelli .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Oliver Berg .... grip
Paul F. Birkett .... camera operator
Rob Bojeck .... grip
Peter Borkent .... lamp operator
John L. Brown .... dolly grip (as John Brown)
Richard Buckmaster .... generator operator (as Richard James Buckmaster)
Douglas Craik .... first assistant camera
Barry Donlevy .... assistant chief lighting technician
Theo Eglseder .... additional first assistant camera
Les Erskine .... chief lighting technician
Dale Garrison .... lamp operator (as Dale 'Tiny' Garrison)
John Helme .... lamp operator
R.K. Hill .... second grip
Tim Hogan .... key grip
Richard G. Mason .... additional camera operator
Rob McEwan .... still photographer
Klaus Melchior .... video playback operator
Rod Parkhurst .... additional camera operator
John Sprungman .... second assistant camera
Peter A. Stursberg .... camera trainee (as Peter Stursberg)
Peter F. Woeste .... additional camera operator (as Peter Woeste)
Casting Department
Michelle Allen .... casting: Canada
Nancy B. Black .... extras casting coordinator
Coreen Mayrs .... casting assistant
Patrick Rush .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Debbie Geaghan .... costume supervisor
Grace Keating .... costumer
Tish Monaghan .... assistant costume designer
Diana Patterson .... costumer
Maria Taipale .... costumer
Monique Marie Long .... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Susan Sklar Friedman .... apprentice editor (as Susan Sklar)
Bruce Giesbrecht .... second assistant editor: Canada
Terry Haggar .... color timer
Michael Smith .... first assistant editor: Canada
Tara Timpone .... first assistant editor
Bryan H. Carroll .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Colleen Nystedt .... location manager
Scott Walden .... assistant location manager
Music Department
Tim Boyle .... music scoring mixer
Brad Fiedel .... orchestrator
Allan K. Rosen .... supervising music editor
Shirley Walker .... conductor
Transportation Department
Wayne Becker .... driver
Rodney Beech .... driver
Bob Dennett .... driver
George A. Grieve .... transportation co-captain (as George Grieve)
Larry Hafichuk .... driver
Dennis Houser .... transportation captain
Scott Irvine .... transportation coordinator
Ron James .... driver
Dale Johnson .... driver
Wayne Johnson .... driver
Mitch LaFleur .... driver
Bill McCurraugh .... driver (as Bill McCurrach)
Murray Mills .... driver
Terry Newton .... driver
Mike Porohowski .... driver
Other crew
Geoffrey Abrams .... courtroom technical consultant
Lynn Elston .... accountant
Lara Fox .... script supervisor
Sulla Hamer .... assistant: Mr. Kaplan (as Sulla Kay Hamer)
Andrea Jaffe .... publicity consultant
Gloria Lee .... production assistant
Robert Lee .... production assistant
Carol Mann .... assistant to producers
Trisha O'Brien .... assistant to producers
Robin O'Neil .... animal handler
Tammy Oates .... production coordinator (as Tammy S. Oates)
Don Petrie .... production auditor
Timothy Prince .... consultant: 24 frame video (as Tim Prince)
Brigitte Prochaska .... unit publicist
Michael A. Provost .... production assistant (as Michael Provost)
Vanessa Ross .... title designer (as Ross)
Joanne Ryan .... craft service
Joanne Ryan .... first aid
Nina Saxon .... title designer
Carol Schafer .... assistant to producers
Emilia Wagner .... assistant production coordinator
Howard Blank .... live audience coordinator: ice hockey scenes (uncredited)
David H. Kramer .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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111 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?

Kathleen Turner was considered for the role of Kathryn.See more »
Miscellaneous: 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 »
Sarah Tobias:What time is it?
Kathryn Murphy:You just asked me that.
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114 out of 141 people found the following review useful.
Powerful, Disturbing Stuff, 31 May 2000
Author: Bondfan-4 from Mamaroneck, NY

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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