The Accused

  • Film
  • Thrillers
A young waitress, bruised, clothes ripped, runs screaming from a bar. Sarah Tobias (Foster, excellent) has been gang-raped, and her case is taken on by cool and efficient Deputy DA Kathryn Murphy (McGillis). When Murphy makes a deal with the accused men to reduce the charge to reckless endangerment, Sarah is enraged; and Murphy, beginning to feel the pangs of guilt, decides to prosecute the men who did not take part in the rape but encouraged the others. Surrounded by a storm of controversy - mostly generated by the inclusion of the explicit, some say exploitative, gang-rape scene -the film was written and directed by men, and produced by the Jaffe-Lansing Fatal Attraction stable, which hasn't helped its cause. And though it does make a clear stand on vital social and legal questions, one is left feeling distinctly uneasy at the inclusion of the scene.

Release details

Duration: 111 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Jonathan Kaplan
Screenwriter: Joan Tewkesbury, Tom Topor
Cast: Kelly McGillis
Jodie Foster
Bernie Coulson
Leo Rossi
Ann Hearn
Carmen Argenziano
Steve Antin

Average User Rating

5 / 5

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Ronny shome

The film is superb in highlighting the injustice of the legal system, however, the true story on which this film is based is , sadly much more unpleasant! It would have been much more apt if the film focussed more on the additional harassment and death threats faced bythe victim, as was the case in the true story!

Ronny shome

The film is superb in highlighting the injustice of the legal system, however, the true story on which this film is based is , sadly much more unpleasant! It would have been much more apt if the film focussed more on the additional harassment and death threats faced bythe victim, as was the case in the true story!