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(1988)

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Upon seeing a pre-screening of the film, Jodie Foster thought her performance as Sarah Tobias was so awful that she immediately began preparing for and taking the GRE's for graduate school. She was prepared to leave her film career behind and focus on academia...until she won the Academy Award for her performance.
Kelly McGillis was offered the role of Sarah Tobias, but having survived a violent sexual assault in 1982 by two men who broke into her apartment, she declined the role and instead fought for the part of Kathryn Murphy.
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.
To prepare for the role she was cast, Jodie Foster attended meetings of rape support groups and read stories of rape experiences.
According Jodie Foster in her interview in Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters (2006), producer Stanley R. Jaffe felt she was "not sexy enough" for the role and wanted to cast another actress.
The film's original title was "Reckless Endangerment", which is the charge the accused rapists initially plea-bargain their convictions down to.
Demi Moore, Daryl Hannah, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Brooke Shields and Molly Ringwald all turned down the role of Sarah. They found the film to be exploitative trash masquerading as social commentary.
Brad Pitt auditioned for the role of Ken Joyce.
Jodie Foster, the actress who got the part of Sarah Tobias, was actually the fourth choice.
This is the first film since Two Women (1960) to win the Best Actress Academy Award without being nominated in any other category.
Jodie Foster has since acknowledged that she purposely gave a trite performance in her audition so that studio executives would feel that she was a safe choice. (Foster had been going through a bit of a dry spell at the time and badly needed a big role in a mainstream movie.)
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Brian De Palma was originally assigned to direct the movie.
The part of Sarah Tobias was written for Andie MacDowell who was the first choice to play the part.
In the music store where Sarah encounters Cliff, all the VHS tapes visible are Paramount catalog titles, the same production company of this film.
Annabeth Gish, Jennifer Beals, Alyssa Milano and Uma Thurman all auditioned for the role of Sarah.
Valerie Bertinelli, Jennifer Grey, Meg Ryan, Mia Sara, and Kelly Preston were considered for the role of Sarah Tobias.
Heather Locklear tried to audition for the role of Sarah, and Ally Sheedy was considered, but she backed out.
Kristin Davis auditioned for the role of Sarah Tobias. It was her first film audition.
In their separate careers several years after the release of The Accused (1988), both leading ladies, Kelly McGillis and Jodie Foster, publicly and proudly acknowledged their homosexuality. McGillis came out in 2009, and Foster in 2013.
The movie's release was affected by the WGA strike in 1988. Originally, its date of release was for April 21, but was delayed until October.
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Jane Fonda, Ellen Barkin, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sigourney Weaver, Debra Winger and Geena Davis were all reportedly offered the role of Kathryn, but turned it down.
Kathleen Turner was considered for the role of Kathryn.
Kelly LeBrock auditioned for the role of Sarah Tobias, but turned it down.
Joan Cusack turned down the role of Sarah Tobias.
Phoebe Cates reportedly turned down the offer to play Sarah.
Madonna, Diane Lane, Brigitte Nielsen, Elisabeth Shue, Bridget Fonda, Mariel Hemingway and Virginia Madsen were considered for the role of Sarah. Rosanna Arquette and Kay Lenz were offered the role, but both declined the offer.
Justine Bateman turned down the role of Sarah, in order to stay on the TV series Family Ties (1982)
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The song playing when Sarah enters The Mill is called "Middle of Nowhere" by The Go-Go's. The drummer of that band, Gina Schock, reportedly had a close personal relationship with Jodie Foster when she was in college.
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