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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. ~ Don Kaye, Rovi

  • Release date:October 14, 1988

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Jodie Foster Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1988 Winner
National Board of Review Jodie Foster Best Actress 1988 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jodie Foster Best Actress 1988 Winner
Berlin International Film Festival Jonathan Kaplan In Competition 1989 Nominee

Cast

Kelly McGillis
as Kathryn Murphy
Jodie Foster
as Sarah Tobias
Bernie Coulson
as Kenneth Joyce
Leo Rossi
as Cliff Albrecht
Ann Hearn
as Sally Frazer
Carmen Argenziano
as Paul Rudolph
Steve Antin
as Bob Joiner
Tom O'Brien
as Larry
Peter van Norden
as Attorney Ted Paulson
Woody Brown
as Danny Ruskin
Allan Lysell
as Al Massi
Terry David Mulligan
as Det. Duncan
Scott Paulin
as Attorney Wainwright
Kim Kondrashoff
as Kurt
Stephen E. Miller
as Polito
Andrew Kavadas
as Defendant Matt Haines
Tom McBeath
as Defendant Stu Holloway
Rose Weaver
as Nurse
Linda Darlow
as Carol Hunnicutt (Rape Center Woman)
Veena Sood
as Woman Orderly
Anthony Holland
as Plea Bargain Lawyer
Kevin McNulty
as Plea Bargain Lawyer
Jerry Wasserman
as Plea Bargain Lawyer
Barney O'Sullivan
as Trial Judge
Christianne Hirt
as Angela
Frances Flanagan
as Mrs. Albrect
Mike Winlaw
as TV Commentator
Deryl Hayes
as Court Officer
Dana Still
as Jury Foreman
Denalda Williams
as Sarah's Mother on Phone
Babs Chula
as Woman Lawyer
Rebecca Toolan
as 911 Operator
Stephen Dimopoulos
as Complaining Customer
Freda Perry
as Receptionist
Dave Sheridan
as Sally's Son
Gary Chalk
as Courthouse Reporter
Garwin Sanford
as Courthouse Reporter
Gloria Lee
as Courthouse Reporter
Michelle Goodger
as Courthouse Reporter
Thomas Heaton
as Bartender Jesse
Pamela Martin
as TV Commentator
Wally Marsh
as Bail Hearing Judge
Anthony Holland
as Plea Bargain Lawyer
Dana Still
as Jury Foreman
Terry David Mulligan
as Det. Duncan
Pamela Martin
as TV Commentator
Thomas Heaton
as Bartender Jesse
Stephen E. Miller
as Polito
Garwin Sanford
as Courthouse Reporter
Gary Chalk
as Courthouse Reporter
Freda Perry
as Receptionist
Frances Flanagan
as Mrs. Albrect
Dave Sheridan
as Sally's Son
Christianne Hirt
as Angela
Denalda Williams
as Sarah's Mother on Phone
Deryl Hayes
as Court Officer
Michelle Goodger
as Courthouse Reporter
Linda Darlow
as Carol Hunnicutt (Rape Center Woman)
Rebecca Toolan
as 911 Operator
Mike Winlaw
as TV Commentator
Jerry Wasserman
as Plea Bargain Lawyer
Andrew Kavadas
as Defendant Matt Haines
Kevin McNulty
as Plea Bargain Lawyer
Kim Kondrashoff
as Kurt
Stephen Dimopoulos
as Complaining Customer
Scott Paulin
as Attorney Wainwright
Barney O'Sullivan
as Trial Judge
Rose Weaver
as Nurse
Babs Chula
as Woman Lawyer
Veena Sood
as Woman Orderly
Tom McBeath
as Defendant Stu Holloway
Gloria Lee
as Courthouse Reporter

Crew

Jonathan Kaplan
Director
Tom Topor
Screenwriter
Ralf Bode
Cinematographer
Rob Young
Musical Direction/Supervision
Brad Fiedel
Composer (Music Score)
Jerry Greenberg
Editor
Sheila Haley
Art Director
Sherry Lansing
Co-producer
Stanley Jaffe
Co-producer
Jack Roe
Associate Producer
Trish Keating
Costume Designer
Rob Young
Sound/Sound Designer
Kerrie Cullen
Stunts
Sally Dennison
Casting
Julie Selzer
Casting
Michelle Allen
Casting
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