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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


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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Release Date:

14 October 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Reckless Endangerment  »


Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

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1.85 : 1
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In the music store where Sarah encounters Cliff, all the VHS tapes visible are Paramount catalog titles, the same production company of this film. See more »


When Sarah is going through the rape exam, and she is first shown with her face, she does not have abrasions or bruising on her lip or chin. Then when she's laying down for the rest of the exam she has bruising, an abrasion on her lip, and chin. See more »


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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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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