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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Jodie Foster is absolutely brilliant

Author: kbouck from Phx, AZ
12 November 1999

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

***Possible Spoiler****This is by far Jodie Foster at her best. Her performance in this movie is stunning. Jodie plays a "white trailer trash" woman who happens to get gang raped in a bar one night. Her attorney is Katherine Murphy who not only wants to go after the men who commited the actual rape, but she wants to prosecute the men who cheered it on. Some interesting points are made in this movie.

1 Should people who didnt actively participate in a crime but cheered it on be prosectued? Yes in my opinion.

2 Just because a woman is drunk and stoned and has a it still possible for her to be brutally raped? Of course. And should her past be brought up in court?

3 Just because one of the defendents is a young,clean cut college kid with a bright future ahead of him should that make a difference in his sentence? No in my opinion.

The scene where Sarah burts into her attorneys house after finding out her Katherine did a plea bargain behind her back is phenomenal acting. The script in this movie is brilliant and creative and very to the point.

Sadly, the woman who this story is based on was killed a few years ago in a car crash. The brutal rape scene in this movie is very difficult to watch as it is very realistic.

This is a great movie with a very happy ending. I give this movie 9/10 stars. Jodies Oscar in this movie was well deserved.

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2 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Spoiled men

Author: esteban1747 from Spain
2 June 2005

This is not another thriller, it is a film with a solid and socially important message worth to be seen by young people as well as adults. Here there is nothing to guess, the facts are given and you will become upset each time you see how some young men treat the women, particularly Sarah Tobias (Jodie Foster). Bad treatment could be by words or even by violation. Law is something flexible as a gum, and the film tries also to indicate this fact. If the attorney Kathryn Murphy (Kelly McGillis) did not adopt a different approach to this case probably all guilty people would have been free and not caring about what they did to that young lady. The story is not real according to the film, but I took it as real. The message of the film after its end is really very sad. It is clear that economical wealth is not a synonym of good values in the society, so more civil education is always required, and less excess of drugs and alcohol.

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2 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

A Good Story Line, but done as well as it could of been done

Author: Donna Lee ( from San Diego, CA
24 August 2002

"The Accused" a movie about a rape victim getting vindication rather than ridicule from our legal system and society, is PERFECT! However, even though the 'story line'was something worth expressing, the film, which gave Jodie Foster an Oscar, just didn't have the 'structure/direction' it should of had. There were a few really good lessons that could be learned from the various film characters, but for the most part, I feel the movie didn't and couldn't run under it's own steam; it had to be 'kick started'a few times throughout. There were just too many places that your attention would begin to ebb in the movie and it is the overall basic premise of the film (rape vindication)that seems to carry you through. One of the reviews commented on the placement of the 'actual rape scene, claiming it was only added at the end to 'tittilate'; I'm kind of in agreement with that; either it should of been done in the film's 'real time' sequencing, or not at all. Because it wasn't focused on at the beginning and just more or less alluded to, I don't feel the viewer is able to get the full impact of what rape really is; how it affects the woman in every aspect of their life nor does it give a clear picture of the rapist. Rape is a violent assault against another person, and has nothing to do with what having sex with your partner is suppose to be about. Instead of 'love' and 'sensual' feelings shared between two people, rape is completely opposite; it'rooted in and shows 'hatred' and 'a desire for only self-gradification'.

I think by placing the 'rape scene' in the film's 'real time' sequence, the viewer would of been able to get a much better understanding of what the film was saying and not just become 'tittilated' by it.

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2 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

hard-hitting, but seems a little forced

Author: m_madhu from chennai, india
12 March 2002

the accused is a gripping tale of one woman's fight for justice. jodie foster pulls out a brilliant performance, the movie is hard-hitting, disturbing and very evocative. however at times it seems a little forced and unnatural. a lot of it is due to the inept acting of kelly mcgillis who gives a horrible performance.

the story raises a lot of questions about how we perceive people by what comes out first, without looking beyond the external appearances. however this could have been a much better film if handled a little more sensitively.

most of the performances are downright horrible and the rape scene shown only at the end seemed a little forced and unnecessary. despite all these flaws the movie is touching and is worth a watch if you're willing to spend a serous 2 hours.

A disturbing 7!!

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2 out of 5 people found the following review useful:


Author: Karok-2 from Spain
3 December 1999

Just the fact of having Jodie Foster in this movie means two thinks. A good movie, and a great interpretations. The movie itself is not the best one I have ever seen, but the plot is interesting. Since the way people reacts on does things on front of a thing like a violation of a woman. What is better to do. Accuse your friend of rape, or help a victim to put her agressors in jail! The movie shows how society (not just in USA, it does in the all world), would react in a situation like that.

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2 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

A Great story with a important message to send.

Author: HotStone from Massachusetts
13 September 1998

"The Accused" is a great movie that makes you see into other peoples' eyes about how you would act and deal with a crime being committed right in front of you. It also shows you how easily people get swayed in kidding themselves that nothing bad happened, it was something that the lady was asking for. The crime committed was rape done by three different men in a small bar to one lady "Sarah Tobias" played by "Jodie Foster". This role for Jodie won her first "Academy Award" in 1988 for "Best Actress" for her. When you watch it you will just see by her powerful performance exactly why she received it. How Sarah arrived at the bar was she got into a argument with her boyfriend and went to talk with one of her friends that was a waitress at it. Sarah is a frequent drinker and druggie, so she had a few drinks and smoked some pot at the bar. Then a little later in the night a man came over to her and bought her a drink and started to dance with her.... When Sarah finally got out of the bar she ran outside and someone picked her up and brought her to the hospital. The hospital is where she meets her attorney played by "Kelly McGillis" who is un-knowingly going to have to go over many obstacles along her way in order to do the case. During the case both of them find surprise after surprise coming out of the woodwork by many places and people. What is interesting no one needed to come up with this story because it was a true story that took place in Eastern Massachusetts. You will get from this movie a great plot and characters that you feel for.

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3 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

Sent Shivers down my Spine, Well done Jodie Foster!

Author: c_L_a_R_m_E_d from Australia
27 March 2004

Lolita, Lars Von Treir's best, the bloodiest Tarantino has to offer, no film had ever quite disturbed me before The Accused. What shook me the most was not the frightening rape scene, but a monolouge by Jodie Fosters character, Sarah Tobias, towards the beginning of the film. I cannot say if it was the content of what she spoke, or the honest, almost career-best performance by Jodie Foster, most likely a combination of them both. The scene sent a shiver down my spine, and has inspired me to write my first IMDb review.

But back to the begining...the story follows the gang rape of Sarah Tobias, committed on the pinball machine of a bar. After her lawyer messes up her case against the three men that raped her, they set out to punish the men who cheered on and encouraged her rape.

This a harrowing tale, which strikes inside and makes you think hard about the sick state of this 'Mans-World'. What makes the movie as great as it is, is a brilliant, rightfully Oscar winning performance by Jodie Foster.

Prepare for a hard to digest movie, and prepare to like it. 8/10 or ****

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3 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

a movie with a moving message

Author: Sunshine14clr from texas, u.s.a
13 August 2003

i saw this movie not too long ago. its pretty disgusting what goes on in our society not to mention our legal system. what a terrible thing to do to a human being. i know that sarah tobias was a "questionable character" doesn't make the crime less of a crime. i mean they took advantage of her!! although i find it very stupid for her to have taken drugs though. jodie foster and kelly mcgillis make a great pair. awesome acting. good job to all the actors and actresses.

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4 out of 9 people found the following review useful:

Thought-provoking at best

Author: AnneSLReid ( from UK
24 August 2003

Whilst this film attacks stereotypes about the model rape victim I feel it fails in PERSUADING the viewer that rape, against any woman, is wrong. In the main its major weaknesses were the diabolically corny script and B-movie quality.

Firstly, if Alicia Silverstone wants to walk around butt-naked in Harlem then she should be able to - just as any man would if he wanted to! Men should never assume that women lose the right to personal autonomy in some sort of bargain for their right to sexual expression and independence. Ultimately, the Accused (feebly) attempts to convey this: It is men who should exercise control over their actions and responses - not women.

Obviously the main thread is that once a woman becomes reckless and unsavoury (i.e. behaves like a man), she becomes the Accused, undeserving of justice, of support from her mousy friend Sally (the traditional good, hard-working domestic mother), of loyalty from her lawyer Kathryn (the post-modern career woman), and undeserving of understanding from any man, including her boyfriend, except for Kenneth Joyce - a stranger and a man on whom she ironically comes to rely.

So for all the latent chauvinists (or chauvinazis if we want to be petty) with "mother" issues - this film is not indicating that all men are capable of rape!

However, the film does fundamentally contradict itself. The only time the viewer really sympathises with Sarah as PERSON and not as a VICTIM is when she starts acting (and looking) like a vulnerable, little girl -which is increasingly noticeable as the film develops from the car crash. This is exactly what the film was trying to crush.

Although the rape scene was graphic I did not think it was gratuitous and anybody who could get off on those scenes is just sick. The sequence was mostly filmed from Sarah's point of view - which has never been done before or since. The remaining shots focused on the crowd, Rossi and his troop, and Coulson's disgusted face, with few of the actual penetration. Indeed, I thought the scene was both sensitive yet shocking.

Foster's portrayal of Sarah was good, but a little melodramatic at times. Whilst I agree that McGillis' acting was a little wooden, I think it is understandable considering she had been raped in real life not long before the Accused was filmed. Indeed, her steely performance showed how even career women - those women who you think would be more feminist and supportive towards rape victims - can still be as unemotional and prejudiced as anybody else. Coulson's character was played with adequate warmth and sentiment but nothing more than what was required. Hearn's character and her act of cowardice could have been explained better.

May I briefly explain something to those who cannot get their heads around the law of rape and "criminal solicitation"?! It is not at all surprising that charges were brought against the ones who cheered and there was no clever twist of the law or logic - it was simply charging those who had very simply committed the crime of aiding and abetting. Whether the crime of rape had been committed or not is irrelevant to the case at hand - the question is whether they believed a crime was being committed. There is, indeed, an English case where a soldier witnessed a gang-rape in the soldiers' barracks. He was convicted for aiding and abetting for doing a lot less than the "applauders" in the Accused!

Secondly, such rapes as these do happen and are quite common. This particular rape was based upon a poolroom rape in Massachusetts in 1983, so the story cannot be that incredulous! Indeed, most rapes are not the "stranger in the dark alley" rape (which constitutes only 7% of rapes), but mostly marital and date rapes.

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5 out of 11 people found the following review useful:

Foster and McGilis send a strong message out

Author: stephen_thanabalan_fans from Australia
19 September 2005

I'm very glad that Jodie Foster and Kelly McGilis really put this film out and thereby sending out a strong message to the world regarding the horrors and resulting complications (legal and otherwise) surrounding the tragedy and trauma of rape. Dealing with the material in a very direct and brutally honest way, McGillis (a victim of an assault before - part of the reason why she took up this film) and Foster (who showcases her unbelievably powerful acting skills) shine some light on an otherwise unchartered and undiscussed area of not just women's rights, but human rights and the issues and possibilities behind some of the human race's ugliest sides. A great film that can both act as a beacon for the subject, albeit arguably brutally direct, or as merely if nothing else as a platform to take the many more and multi-polar complexities regarding rape as an issue to the public domain of debate at least.

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