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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 ... 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 »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

A lot of actresses turned down the role of Sarah because they felt the film was exploitative trash masquerading as sincere social commentary. See more »

Goofs

Just before Sarah knocks on Kathryn's car window to apologize we see a sign in the street near a man playing the saxophone that says 'Media Centre', revealing that this scene was shot in Canada and not Washington state. See more »

Quotes

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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Featured in The 61st Annual Academy Awards (1989) See more »

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Love To The Limit
By Paul Sabu & Debrah Neal
Performed by Only Child
Courtesy of Rhino Records, Inc.
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Amazing Performances Raise Rough Film.
6 July 2002 | by tfrizzellSee all my reviews

One of the roughest films ever produced that is pure misery to sit through due to its realism and Jodie Foster's striking Oscar-winning performance. Foster stars as a sexual victim who tries to get prison sentences imposed upon the men who cheered on her gang rape at a sleazy roadhouse. Foster is far from being an angel herself and every little thing in her past seems to come back and haunt her. A great supporting turn from Kelly McGillis (who plays Foster's lawyer) just adds to Foster's show-stopping role. Not a film I love, but a good film that displays the seemingly ungodly cinematic talents of Jodie Foster. 4 stars out of 5.


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Country:

Canada | 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:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,316,369, 16 October 1988

Gross USA:

$32,078,318

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$32,078,318
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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