The Accused

Overview

Based on a real-life 1983 incident, The Accused tells the story of Sarah Tobias Jodie Foster, a working-class party girl who likes to live it up with her friends and flirt hard with the guys. After a fight with her boyfriend, she heads to a local bar to cool down -- and after a few drinks, plus some dancing and flirting, she finds herself thrown on top of a pinball machine and gang-raped by a bunch of locals, while others watch and cheer the proceedings. District attorney Kathryn Murphy Kelly McGillis takes ...
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Overview

Based on a real-life 1983 incident, The Accused tells the story of Sarah Tobias Jodie Foster, a working-class party girl who likes to live it up with her friends and flirt hard with the guys. After a fight with her boyfriend, she heads to a local bar to cool down -- and after a few drinks, plus some dancing and flirting, she finds herself thrown on top of a pinball machine and gang-raped by a bunch of locals, while others watch and cheer the proceedings. District attorney Kathryn Murphy Kelly McGillis takes Sarah's case but quickly negotiates a plea bargain in which the attackers' charges are reduced to reckless endangerment. Her reason: defense attorneys could use Sarah's not-so-pretty past to paint her as "asking for it," getting their clients off completely. But a stunned Sarah accuses Murphy of selling her out, and when the lawyer sees how the incident continues to destroy Sarah's life, she decides she must seek true justice. This time, she goes after the crowd of onlookers for "criminal solicitation" -- those who were egging the rapists on. Foster won the Best Actress Oscar for her performance.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Theatrical Trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Jonathan Kaplan's fact-based drama, one of the most thoughtful examinations of the crime of rape on film, features an Academy award-winning performance by Jodie Foster. An account of the gang rape of a free-living waitress (Foster) by some of the male patrons of a dive bar, the film exposes the manner in which the pre-feminist blame-the-victim attitude toward rape victims, still predominant in many areas, is also hard-wired into the legal system. A more subtle secondary theme concerns the role of social class, and the difficulty experienced by the working-class victim in being heard, especially by her well-bred attorney (Kelly McGillis). When, driven by her client's rage, the lawyer finally brings the rape's bystanders to trial, the film means to implicate a society which has always maintained an unwritten code which would shrug off such behavior. Tom Topor's low-key script largely avoids melodrama, following the waitress' case through the various stages of the victim services and legal grievance system, where the perfunctory treatment she's accorded explains her growing anger, and desire for retribution. While McGillis seems a bit slow and stolid to be playing a litigator, Foster is brilliant as this troubled, nearly inarticulate woman who slowly gains an awareness that nothing she did could possibly have justified the ordeal she was forced to endure.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/2013
  • UPC: 883929302581
  • Original Release: 1988
  • Source: Paramount Catalog
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:50:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 13,874

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kelly McGillis Kathryn Murphy
Jodie Foster Sarah Tobias
Bernie Coulson Kenneth Joyce
Leo Rossi Cliff Albrecht
Ann Hearn Sally Frazer
Carmen Argenziano Paul Rudolph
Steve Antin Bob Joiner
Tom O'Brien Larry
Peter van Norden Attorney Ted Paulson
Woody Brown Danny Ruskin
Allan Lysell Al Massi
Terry David Mulligan Det. Duncan
Scott Paulin Attorney Wainwright
Kim Kondrashoff Kurt
Stephen E. Miller Polito
Andrew Kavadas Defendant Matt Haines
Tom McBeath Defendant Stu Holloway
Rose Weaver Nurse
Linda Darlow Carol Hunnicutt (Rape Center Woman)
Veena Sood Woman Orderly
Anthony Holland Plea Bargain Lawyer
Kevin McNulty Plea Bargain Lawyer
Jerry Wasserman Plea Bargain Lawyer
Barney O'Sullivan Trial Judge
Christianne Hirt Angela
Frances Flanagan Mrs. Albrect
Mike Winlaw TV Commentator
Deryl Hayes Court Officer
Dana Still Jury Foreman
Denalda Williams Sarah's Mother on Phone
Babs Chula Woman Lawyer
Rebecca Toolan 911 Operator
Stephen Dimopoulos Complaining Customer
Freda Perry Receptionist
Dave Sheridan Sally's Son
Gary Chalk Courthouse Reporter
Garwin Sanford Courthouse Reporter
Gloria Lee Courthouse Reporter
Michelle Goodger Courthouse Reporter
Thomas Heaton Bartender Jesse
Pamela Martin TV Commentator
Wally Marsh Bail Hearing Judge
Technical Credits
Jonathan Kaplan Director
Michelle Allen Casting
Ralf Bode Cinematographer
Barry W. Brolly Set Decoration/Design
O. Nicholas Brown Editor
Kerrie Cullen Stunts
Sally Dennison Casting
Brad Fiedel Score Composer
Jerry Greenberg Editor
Sheila Haley Art Director
Stanley Jaffe Co-producer
Trish Keating Costumes/Costume Designer
Sherry Lansing Co-producer
Jack Roe Associate Producer
David W. Rose Asst. Director
Julie Selzer Casting
Tom Topor Screenwriter
Richard Kent Wilcox Production Designer
Rob Young Musical Direction/Supervision, Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Accused
1. Chapter 1 [:18]
2. Chapter 2 [:09]
3. Chapter 3 [2:32]
4. Chapter 4 [4:32]
5. Chapter 5 [6:03]
6. Chapter 6 [1:56]
7. Chapter 7 [4:29]
8. Chapter 8 [6:33]
9. Chapter 9 [:25]
10. Chapter 10 [5:03]
11. Chapter 11 [2:03]
12. Chapter 12 [:43]
13. Chapter 13 [6:15]
14. Chapter 14 [1:06]
15. Chapter 15 [5:52]
16. Chapter 16 [1:15]
17. Chapter 17 [6:26]
18. Chapter 18 [5:56]
19. Chapter 19 [:56]
20. Chapter 20 [7:11]
21. Chapter 21 [4:49]
22. Chapter 22 [3:05]
23. Chapter 23 [6:59]
24. Chapter 24 [6:59]
25. Chapter 25 [1:39]
26. Chapter 26 [5:57]
27. Chapter 27 [1:57]
28. Chapter 28 [2:13]
29. Chapter 29 [3:09]
30. Chapter 30 [3:40]
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