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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.

Director:

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 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 »

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Drama

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$32,069,318
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In their separate careers several years after the release of The Accused (1988), both leading ladies, Kelly McGillis and Jodie Foster, publicly and proudly acknowledged their homosexuality. McGillis came out in 2009, and Foster in 2013. See more »

Goofs

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

Sarah Tobias: What time is it?
Kathryn Murphy: You just asked me that.
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References Deliverance (1972) 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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a serious and troubling study of sexism at its worst
1 November 2010 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

The shocking true story of a bar room gang rape is lifted from the headlines to become, with dramatic license, a serious and troubling study of sexism at its worst, when the victim herself is accused of 'asking for it'. Jodie Foster offers a courageous performance as the tough but vulnerable Sarah Tobias, whose behavior on the night of the crime was certainly provocative, but as the flashback re-enactment shows all too clearly no amount of provocation could justify such a brutal response. Up until those final scenes the film is a well-crafted but largely conventional topical drama, with lots of predictable bonding between Foster and her conscience stricken attorney Kelly McGillis. But the attack itself, teasingly saved until the final reel, is so graphic and degrading it obliterates the memory of everything that happened earlier. The scene is pure exploitation, but it serves a purpose, putting audiences in the same, ugly position as the cheering onlookers in the bar, who in many ways were even guiltier than the rapists themselves.


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