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The Accused (1988)

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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Jonathan Kaplan

Writer:

Tom Topor
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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Storyline

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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Being a victim was her only crime. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Reckless Endangerment See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,316,369, 16 October 1988

Gross USA:

$32,078,318

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$32,078,318
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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. See more »

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When Bernie Coulson visits Steve Antin in prison they talk through telephones with a glass barrier between them. Yet, the whole conversation is heard through the telephone whether the scene is shot from the side of the speaker or not. See more »

Quotes

Cliff 'Scorpion' Albrect: No, I don't know her. She's a whore, the last time I saw her she was doing a sex show.
Kathryn Murphy: You watched?
Cliff 'Scorpion' Albrect: You bet your ass I watched she put on a great show!
Kathryn Murphy: I thought she was raped?
Cliff 'Scorpion' Albrect: Raped? She fucked a bar full of guys then she turns round and blames them for it? Listen lady, she loved it, she had an audience, she did the show of her life!
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Powerful, Disturbing Stuff
31 May 2000 | by Bondfan-4See all my reviews

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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