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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.

Cast & Crew

Kelly McGillis
Kathryn Murphy
Jodie Foster
Sarah Tobias
Leo Rossi
Cliff 'Scorpion' Albrect
Ann Hearn
Sally Fraser
Carmen Argenziano
D.A. Paul Rudolph
Steve Antin
Bob Joiner
Peter Van Norden
Attorney Paulsen
Brad Fiedel
Original Music
Ralf D. Bode
Cinematographer
Sally Dennison
Casting
Sheila Haley
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Critic Reviews for The Accused

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (2)

Audience Reviews for The Accused

  • 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reminded systematically that what happened to her "doesn't really matter". 33 years later, not a drop of this film is outdated.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 M. 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
    Eugene B Super Reviewer

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