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The Accused (1988)

R | | Drama | 14 October 1988 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Kathryn Murphy
... Sarah Tobias
... Ken Joyce
... Cliff 'Scorpion' Albrect
... Sally Fraser
... D.A. Paul Rudolph
... Bob Joiner
... Larry
... Attorney Paulsen
... Lieutenant Duncan
Woody Brown ... Danny
... Attorney Wainwright
... Kurt
... Polito
... Bartender Jesse
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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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On April 18th 1987, Sarah Tobias stops for a drink at a bar called The Mill. See more »

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14 October 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Reckless Endangerment  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,316,369, 16 October 1988, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$32,069,318
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1.85 : 1
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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 Ken visits Bob in prison, Bob is seeing wearing a ring in the first two scenes, then the ring disappears after that. See more »

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Sarah Tobias: What are our chances?
Kathryn Murphy: 50-50 at the most. Good night.
Sarah Tobias: Good night.
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Referenced in Wedding Crashers (2005) See more »

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Kiss Of Fire
By James Harman, Kid Ramos, Willie J. Campbell & Stephen T. Hodges
Performed by The James Harman Band
Courtesy of Rhino Records, Inc.
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Jodie's brain
22 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

The same year Jodie Foster got an Oscar for "The Accused" Meryl Streep was nominated for "A Cry In The Dark" Both films climax in a court room. Look at Jodie and look at Meryl. Jodie (don't get me wrong she's always been one of my favourites) but her intelligence, her brain, overshadows her character's predicament. Her "anguish" in the witness box lacks the emotion it requires because there is something about Jodie that tells us, she is really on top of it. She is acting, beautifully, but acting. Meryl, on the other hand, is heartbreaking in the witness box in "A Cry In The Dark" the intelligence of the actress doesn't come to interfere with the character's. The actress is in total control. Jodie is a very good actress, Meryl is a genius. At the centre of "The Accused" is Jodie's brain, so compelling in "Silence of the Lambs" so distracting in "The Accused"


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