The Accused (1988) Poster



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.
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.
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.
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. He felt that 24-year-old Jodie Foster did not have the right talent for the role.
Brad Pitt auditioned for a role.
The film's original title was "Reckless Endangerment", which is the charge the accused rapists initially plea-bargain their convictions down to.
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.
Jodie Foster, the actress who got the part of Sarah Tobias, was actually the fourth choice.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus was considered for the role of Sarah Tobias, but was later discarded because she was "too nice" for the part.
This is the first film since The Three Faces of Eve (1957) to win the Best Actress Academy Award without being nominated in any other category.
Valerie Bertinelli, Jennifer Grey, Meg Ryan, Mia Sara, and Kelly Preston were considered for the role of Sarah Tobias.
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.
In the music store where Sarah encounters Cliff, all the VHS tapes visible are Paramount catalog titles, the same production company of this film.
Brian De Palma was originally assigned to direct the movie.
Kathleen Turner was considered for the role of Kathryn.
Debra Winger turned down the role of Sarah. Heather Locklear tried to audition for the role, and Ally Sheedy was considered to play Sarah, but she backed out.
Ellen Barkin, Sarah Jessica Parker, Carrie Fisher, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sigourney Weaver, Debra Winger, and Geena Davis were all reportedly offered the role of Kathryn, but turned it down.
Kristin Davis auditioned for the role of Sarah Tobias.
Kelly LeBrock auditioned for the role of Sarah Tobias, but turned it down.
Annabeth Gish, Jennifer Beals, Alyssa Milano and Uma Thurman all auditioned for the role of Sarah.
Phoebe Cates reportedly turned down the offer to play Sarah.
The part of Sarah Tobias was written for Andie MacDowell who was the first choice to play the part.
Joan Cusack turned down the role of Sarah Tobias.
Justine Bateman turned down the role of Sarah, in order to stay on the TV series Family Ties (1982)
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.

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