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.


Jonathan Kaplan


Tom Topor
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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


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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


On April 18th 1987, Sarah Tobias stops for a drink at a bar called The Mill. See more »


Crime | Drama


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Did You Know?


Jodie Foster was told by her agent and publicist that her career would be ruined if she didn't take Julian Sands to the Oscars. Her whole "bisexual" persona was done in an attempt to keep her career going until the sociocultural climate shifted in the late 1990s. See more »


When man is playing the pin-ball machine in the bar his score reads 196,100, but a few seconds later, after a reaction shot of Kathryn, the score is only 14,050. See more »


Cliff 'Scorpion' Albrect: [to Kurt] You think we'll pull down your pants and see little silk panties?
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Featured in 70th Golden Globe Awards (2013) See more »


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Effective courtroom drama
6 September 2010 | by Samiam3See all my reviews

I don't watch many courtroom dramas. I've seen most of the great ones: 12 Angry Men, Witness for the Prosecution, To Kill a Mockingbird. Of all the ones that predate The Accused, Not many push as far into the red zone as this. As you go back through the decades of Hollywood cinema, films get more and more censored. In parts, The Accused is quite brutal. It would probably have seemed even more so to those who viewed it upon release 20 years ago. There are two trials in this movie. For the first, the accused persons have been charged with rape. For the second, the accused persons (different people) are charged with the crime of cheering it on (to put it in more casual terms). What the movie gives us a taste of is extremely inhumane, worse than murder even. That and two good actresses at the top of their game, results in a credible, involving courtroom drama. The screenplay is a tad over written in some places, so it's not a brilliant movie, but it is a fine specimen to sample for those who enjoy this genre.

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Release Date:

14 October 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Reckless Endangerment See more »


Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,316,369, 16 October 1988

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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