The Accused

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Released 1988

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Director:
Jonathan Kaplan
Released:
1988
Rating:
R
The Accused is a 1988 Academy Award-winning drama directed by Jonathan Kaplan. One night, Sarah Tobias (Jodie Foster) decides to go to a local bar called The Mill to drink alcohol and dance. A few hours later, she runs out of the building in a panic and tells police that she has just been gang raped by patrons of the bar. In order to prove her claim, Sarah must undergo a humiliating evidence collection process at the hospital. Sarah faces further humiliation when Kathryn Murphy (Kelly McGillis), the district attorney assigned to her case, begin to scrutinize her character. Since Sarah was wearing revealing clothing at the bar and has a history of drug abuse, Kathryn tells Sarah that no jury will find the men guilty of rape. Despite the obstacles that stand in her way, Sarah is determined to bring everyone involved in her brutal rape to justice, including the cheering spectators who watched it happen.

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  • 100

    Empire

    Foster is simply fantastic as the tough Sarah, unshakeable in her belief that justice has not been done and that she has a right to demand it. McGillis, from a slow start, builds b...

  • 90

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    A consistently engrossing melodrama, modest in its aims and as effective for the cliches it avoids as for the clear eye through which it sees its working-class American lives.

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    For some men, the movie will reveal a truth that most women already know. It is that verbal sexual harassment, whether crudely in a saloon back room or subtly in an everyday situat...

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