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The Accused (1988)

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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Justine Bateman turned down the role of Sarah in order to stay on Family Ties (1982). See more »

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In both scenes when characters are playing the pinball machine we can hear the ball rolling around, scoring points and making the usual pinball machine noises but the score on the machine never changes. See more »

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Cliff 'Scorpion' Albrect: [to Danny] Fourth and one, my man, stick 'em!
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Spoofed in Family Guy: Stewie Loves Lois (2006) See more »

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Performed by Vanessa Anderson
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Dominating Performance...Average Film
1 June 2012 | by LeonLouisRicciSee all my reviews

Gang Rapists are brought to Justice, but what about those Loathsome, Wretched, Disgusting Bystanders who Vicariously and by Proxy take part in the Assault. This is the Theme here and Caring, Sensitives will have Little Doubt that it is Sinful if not Illegal.

Jodie Foster's Oscar Winning Performance is, arguably, Justified because She no less then Dominates every Scene. However, this is partly Due to the Weakness of the Film as a whole. The Men Accused, Trial, and backdrop of the Movie are all so Flat, Uninteresting and Unremarkable it Weakens the Exposition and the actual Rape Scene seems Exploitative.

A Social Sickness ("a rape is reported in the US every 6 minutes") that certainly is Ineffectually Addressed and Approached is in dire Need of Our Attention and Consultation.


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