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The Accused [DVD]
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on 26 January 2018
The Accused is a 1988 American drama film written by Tom Topor and directed by Jonathan Kaplan. It stars Jodie Foster and Kelly McGillis. The film is set in Washington state and was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The film was loosely based on the 1983 gang rape of Cheryl Araujo in New Bedford, Massachusetts, and the resulting trial, which received national coverage. This film was one of the first Hollywood films to portray rape graphically

This is a must watch and a very powerful piece of film making even to this day.
Jodie Foster gives one of her best performance from a list of many as do all the cast.
This was a standout film in the 80s and shows that you don't need CGI or over the top action sequences like today to get people involved in character and emotional connection.

Simply stunning
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 25 May 2015
This 1988 drama opens with a college student running out of a roadside bar and calling the police to report an assault on a girl, moments later a dishevelled girl runs out of the same bar. So begins the tale of Sarah Tobias (Jodie Foster) as she makes accusations of rape against three men whilst others cheer and goad them on. Enter Kathryn Murphy (Kelly McGillis) as the assistant district attorney assigned to the case. The problem is Sarah has a liberated lifestyle, drinking heavily, using pot, going to bars on her own and lives with her latest boyfriend in an isolated caravan. There is little chance of a conviction so Kathryn plea bargains for a lesser charge [which excludes rape] and the men are given a short sentence. Sarah feels betrayed and eventually Kathryn decides to bring charges of ‘solicitation to rape’ against those that cheered them on and the real film begins.
For a film dealing with a vicious and violent rape, the sex is very low key and until the end we only get the spoken descriptions. This is a great strength of the film as we do not really know the extent of Sarah’ ‘willingness’ as Kathryn is always thrown onto her back foot as Sarah continually hides information, whereas many other films would have turned this into a sexploitation movie. Instead we get a clever and moving film in which Sarah has to prove she’s not the ‘trailer trash’ everyone thinks she is.
This film was one of the first of its genre to deal with rape in a direct manner, and identified onlookers as just as guilty as the perpetrators of the crime. The movie also sparked a massive ’No! means No!” anti rape campaign bringing the crime fully into public view. Excellently acted, this is a definite ***** movie and shouldn’t be missed.
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on 15 December 2016
Sarah Tobias is seen running away, delirious and partly clothed from a night club, why? This film is about a gang rape, egged on by a raucous and enthusiastic inebriated male crowd: get in there, etc. The acting and the storyline is compelling. Sarah does come across as a slut, nevertheless, a case is built up and finally goes to court. A key witness is encouraged to take the stand and through his testimony, graphic scenes of the actual rape are portrayed. This film deserves a place in every DVD collection.
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on 15 September 2013
I don't like what the films entails but the actual story and portrayal of jodie fosters character sarah is excellent also is kelly mcgillis who plays lawyer catherine the story begins with sarah fleeing the mill which is the place where she has been put through a horrific experience being attacked by 3 men and jeering crowd she eventually gets the chance to go to court to tell her story of the attack and ultimately get the guys who jeered brought to justice catherine makes sure of this with her defence the perpitraitors are brought to justice and rightly so (slimebags) but this story is worth watching have the tissues ready can see why jodie foster won an oscar for her performance.
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on 12 April 2015
Excellent film based on real life. Jodie Foster is excellent, as always. The film really questions society and women being seen as meat- the view being that if you get drunk and wear a mini skirt, then you are looking to be raped. Very powerful film with justice sought and eventually obtained, but no thank to societal views. Buy it!
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on 15 December 2016
Best Jodie Foster film I have seen. I felt a bit sorry for that young kid who got sentenced but that bloke who was egging them on I hated with a vengeance.
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on 7 October 2014
This is an old classic Jodie Foster film which has a good plot in which she gets attacked in a bar and enlists a lawyer to help bring the perpetrators to justice, Jodie is great in this and really shows what a brilliant all round actress she is, Highly reccommended!!
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on 16 January 2018
kelly is good jodie is better
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on 13 February 2018
good
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on 4 August 2017
As described
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