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The Accused (1988)

Kelly McGillis , Jodie Foster , Jonathan Kaplan  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kelly McGillis, Jodie Foster, Bernie Coulson, Leo Rossi, Ann Hearn
  • Directors: Jonathan Kaplan
  • Writers: Tom Topor
  • Producers: Jack Roe, Sherry Lansing, Stanley R. Jaffe
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: April 16, 2002
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005Y1UT
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,047 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Accused" on IMDb

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A young woman is gang raped in a bar. She battles the legal system twice as she and her attorney go after both her attackers and the bystanders who cheered them on.
Genre: Feature Film-Drama
Rating: R
Release Date: 28-MAR-2006
Media Type: DVD

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Unforgettable Learning Experience March 13, 2004
Format:DVD
Jodie Foster and Kelly McGillis star in the unforgettable 1988 film "The Accused". Its plot of a young woman, Sarah, getting raped and struggling to get past it is emotional through every second. Its hardhitting scenes, namely the rape scene, hold enough power to hit audiences' hearts like nothing else. Such events express truth in the court system about rape cases. It teaches audiences that it's difficult to convict rapists, even with a lot of evidence. The emotional stance of the film is true. The trauma and fears during and after is expressed to the fullest. Every struggle keeps audiences interested in every event, leading to a surprising conclusion. Its certain graphic scenes were necessary to film to show the issue's depth. The details prove that the writers researched rape to its fullest, which deserves them tremendous respect.
Jodie Foster's Oscar winning role (Best Actress) as Sarah is one of her career bests. She performs with every drop of heart and soul that adds to the film's powerful message. Kelly McGillis's role as Sarah's determined lawyer is wonderful. However, she was wrongfully overlooked by the Oscars for Best Actress. As a real-life rape victim, she used her own life experiences as influence for her performance quality. It resulted highly powerful. All other actors, major or minor, also performed their roles wonderfully.
"The Accused" is a great film for everyone to watch. This is sure to touch many viewers for a long time. Afterwards, keep the film playing for a few more seconds after it ends. The rape statistics shown are interesting, yet shocking.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When no means no. April 21, 2006
Format:DVD
The Accused is a excellent movie about how a woman is treated after being raped. Kelly McGillis and Jodie Foster make a great team. Foster plays a gang-raped survivor looking for justice in hyprocritical world where men are not held responsible for their actions. Foster received a well-deserved Oscar as her fearless performance of Sarah. There is a graphic rape scene towards the closing of the film that is to be expected since the main theme of this film is about the outcomes of a terrible and vicious rape. Unfortanely, females are still considered "damaged goods" when something this hineous occurs. McGillis's character seeks justice from the men who raped her in a downtown bar and even goes after the men who watched and cheered on the rape and did nothing to stop it. A powerful and superb film all around. This film will force you to see the truth and make you want to change the legal system. Not recommend for younger viewers.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Foster is brilliant March 18, 2005
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The Accused is a powerful movie to educate the ignorant world about the law. The movie focuses on the fact that it is not only a crime to commit a rape, but it also a crime to induce, persuade, and convince a person to continue or and commit a rape. The second thing that this true story focused on was, no matter how you dress, how you act, how many lovers you've had, how you talk, or where you live, you deserve a fair trial, fair treatment, and justice like anyone else. The most brilliant thing about this film is they showed the actual rape scene. Once you see it, you have a whole new perspective on things. You sympathize for the victim even more. You also realize that she didnt ask for it what so ever. This really took place in a small town back east, but some details were changed as with all based on a true story films. The woman was actually gang raped on a pool table, not a ping ball machine. Thing movie was not a male basher. I.E. kennenth joyce, the good guy who reported the rape. He witnessed the rape, knew they were raping her, and felt sympathy for Sarah Tobias. It was just a trashy bar full of desperate guys who behaved badly and were criminals. Smiling, lifting eyebrows, and dancing, does not mean a woman is asking to get raped. She was the victim and was just at the wrong place at the wrong time. Another senstitive subject for me is these big shot defense attorneys who tear a person's character apart. They dig up past mistakes that a person made and try to make a jury think that the victim deserved it, or asked for it. Being premiscuos in the past has nothing to do with the NO MEANS NO LAW. It's your body, you can say no. Foster is a brilliant and talented actress who does not agree to roles that are meaningless. Read more ›
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Star is Born November 26, 2005
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Jodie Foster became an actress to watch with this movie. This movie is definitely influenced by early Law & Order. First a movie about a crime, then a movie about society's responsibility in the crime.

Jodie Foster is a fiery independent woman who goes to a local bar after a fight with her boyfriend. She has mischief on her mind but when a group of frat boys decide they will not take no for an answer, they rape her on the pinball machine.

She then faces further humiliation of the police and the degradation of trial where she, the victim, is put on trial. After the perpetrators are acquitted, the prosecutor (Kelly McGillis) puts the spectators on trial. This movie says that not only are the people who commit the crime responsible but those who stand by and encourage it to happen.

Tom Topor wrote the outstanding screenplay. He also wrote the play and screen adaptation of Nuts, another great courtroom drama. His heroine is not a clean cut responsible person but a flawed woman trying to make a living and a life. This is more realistic than other films that would have a perfect Sarah.

Jodie Foster gives a well deserved Oscar winning performance. This was her coming out party. She was no longer a child star or a sensation. Kelly McGillis gives her best performance of her career. She also should have been nominated but Foster overshadowed her.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good perforance by Jodie.
Published 13 hours ago by Eugene T. Sawyer
1.0 out of 5 stars Not good
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss this
A gritty and powerful performance from Jodie Foster. Emotionally draining, makes you feel helpless, disgusted and triumphant.
Published 1 month ago by Darryl K Stapleton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Jodie acts her part wonderfully. Movie worth watching.
Published 1 month ago by Rose L
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Excellent acting, and a some riveting scenes.
Published 1 month ago by soliflore
5.0 out of 5 stars Great acting. It's riveting
Intense story. Great acting. It's riveting. It's difficult not to get drawn in and root for justice.
Published 1 month ago by New Leaf
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
super fantastic job
Published 2 months ago by russ gaggens
4.0 out of 5 stars Great way to understand
Had to watch it for a human sexuality class. Great way to understand rape
Published 2 months ago by Briana Raheem
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie, worked well
I was pleased with the quality. Jodi Foster is great in this. This is a tragic story about rape. It is a bit different than the case it was based on but still got a good message... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Desiree Soper
5.0 out of 5 stars Based on a true story.
Jodie and Kelly did a believeable portrayal of what a rape victim suffers during and after inside and outside a courtroom.
Published 4 months ago by Debbie C.
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