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      The Accused

      1988, Drama, 1h 50m

      27 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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      Movie Info

      Out drinking one night after a fight with her boyfriend, Sarah Tobias (Jodie Foster) is brutally raped by three men in a bar while people watch and cheer. District Attorney Kathryn Murphy (Kelly McGillis) takes the case, however allows the rapists to receive a mild sentence. A distraught Sarah decides to seek punishment for the men who witnessed and encouraged the rape. To get justice, Sarah must take the stand and revisit the night of her attack in this drama based on true events.

      • Rating: R

      • Genre: Drama

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Jonathan Kaplan

      • Producer: Stanley R. Jaffe, Sherry Lansing

      • Writer: Tom Topor

      • Release Date (Theaters):  original

      • Release Date (Streaming):

      • Box Office (Gross USA): $29.6M

      • Runtime:

      • Distributor: Paramount Pictures

      • Production Co: Paramount Pictures

      • Sound Mix: Surround

      Cast & Crew

      Kelly McGillis
      Jodie Foster
      Leo Rossi
      Ann Hearn
      Carmen Argenziano
      Steve Antin
      Peter Van Norden
      Brad Fiedel
      Ralf D. Bode
      Sheila Haley
      David W. Rose
      Tom Topor

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      • Apr 03, 2021

        Essential. 'The Accused' demands discussion rather than "solves the problem", because frankly, how could it? It's a candid dissection of how regularly extreme cases of violence against women are shelved and stifled by factors other that the pertinent, simply because IT'S EASIER. It's unflinching, it's complex, it upset me, it is anchored by an important relationship between women (McGillis is solid, but Foster is excellent), and - though the film teeters into the melodramatic at moments - it drove me to angry tears on multiple occasions. Constructed to enrage as well as educate, there's no hand-holding throughout this and thank God for that. The "bad guys" are not merely the rapists, but we as a collective for what we justify and thus allow to endure, whether you're male or female, a bystander in a bar, a prosecutor in a court room, a state lawmaker, a reporter delivering the evening news, or merely a viewer on the couch. At the heart of it all, there is always a woman whose life is destroyed while being reminded systematically that what happened to her "doesn't really matter". 33 years later, not a drop of this film is outdated. Fine, maybe the hairstyles. andmaybethescore.

        marisol m Super Reviewer
      • Feb 19, 2019

        So hard to watch. Great acting.

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      • Mar 28, 2017

        Jodie Foster delivers the goods and how (a shotgun in your face, think young Brando's Kowalski) as a white trash waitress who is cruelly victimized and so must fight for her human dignity. Released in 1988 this one is beginning to show it's age but Foster's performance keeps everything else glued together.

        kevin w Super Reviewer
      • Feb 25, 2015

        Jodie Foster & Kelly McGillis' empowering performances shed light on a dark and difficult story. The Accused is gut-wrenching and somewhat unbearable to view that it leaves its audience speechless, emotional and cautious of this heinous action/situation that still occurs to this day. 4/5

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