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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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Being a victim was her only crime. See more »

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14 October 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Reckless Endangerment  »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$32,069,318
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Brian De Palma was originally assigned to direct the movie. 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 »

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Sarah Tobias: You don't understand how I feel! I'm standing there with my pants down and my crotch hung out for the world to see and three guys are sticking it to me, a bunch of other guys are yelling and clapping and you're standing there telling me that that's the best you can do. Well, if that's the best you could do, then your best sucks! Now, I don't know what you got for selling me out, but I sure as shit hope it was worth it!
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Powerful, Disturbing Stuff
31 May 2000 | by See 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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