The Accused

After a young woman suffers a brutal rape in a bar one night, a prosecutor assists in bringing the perpetrators to justice, including the ones who encouraged and cheered on the attack.

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Film Cast:

  • A.D.A. Kathryn Murphy: Kelly McGillis
  • Sarah Tobias: Jodie Foster
  • Kenneth Joyce: Bernie Coulson
  • Cliff “Scorpion” Albrect: Leo Rossi
  • Sally Fraser: Ann Hearn
  • D.A. Paul Rudolph: Carmen Argenziano
  • Bob Joiner: Steve Antin
  • Larry: Tom O’Brien
  • Attorney Paulsen: Peter Van Norden
  • Attorney Wainwright: Scott Paulin
  • Lieutenant Duncan: Terry David Mulligan
  • Danny: Woody Brown
  • Polito: Stephen E. Miller
  • Kurt: Kim Kondrashoff
  • Bartender Jesse: Tom Heaton
  • Defendant Matt Haines: Andrew Kavadas
  • Defendant Stu Holloway: Tom McBeath
  • Nurse: Rose Weaver
  • Rape Center Woman: Linda Darlow
  • Woman Orderly: Veena Sood
  • Assistant D.A. Massi: Allan Lysell
  • Plea Bargain Lawyer: Antony Holland
  • Plea Bargain Lawyer: Kevin McNulty
  • Plea Bargain Lawyer: Jerry Wasserman
  • Trial Judge: Barney O’Sullivan
  • Angela: Christianne Hirt
  • Mrs. Albrect: Frances Flanagan
  • TV Commentator: Marsha Andrews
  • TV Commentator: Mike Winlaw
  • TV Commentator: Pamela Martin
  • Bail Hearing Judge: Walter Marsh
  • Court Officer: Deryl Hayes
  • Jury Foreman: Dana Still
  • Sarah’s Mother on Phone: Denalda Williams
  • Woman Lawyer: Babs Chula
  • 911 Operator: Rebecca Toolan
  • Complaining Customer: Stephen Dimopoulos
  • Receptionist: Freda Perry
  • Courthouse Reporter: Garry Chalk
  • Courthouse Reporter: Garwin Sanford

Film Crew:

  • Editor: Gerald B. Greenberg
  • Original Music Composer: Brad Fiedel
  • Casting: Sally Dennison
  • Director of Photography: Ralf D. Bode
  • Special Effects Supervisor: Gary Paller
  • Producer: Stanley R. Jaffe
  • Producer: Sherry Lansing
  • Director: Jonathan Kaplan
  • Casting: Julie Selzer
  • Construction Foreman: Mike Rennison
  • Costume Design: Trish Keating
  • Screenplay: Tom Topor
  • Stunt Coordinator: Kerrie Cullen
  • Costume Supervisor: Debbie Geaghan
  • Production Design: Richard Wilcox
  • Sound Editor: Ira Spiegel
  • Sound Editor: Louis Bertini
  • Script Supervisor: Lara Fox
  • Sound Editor: Bitty O’Sullivan-Smith
  • Associate Producer: Jack Roe
  • ADR Editor: Deborah Wallach
  • Hair Department Head: Sherry Linder-Gygli
  • Art Direction: Sheila Haley
  • Supervising Sound Editor: Michael Kirchberger
  • Makeup Department Head: Sandy Cooper
  • Supervising Music Editor: Allan K. Rosen
  • Set Decoration: Barry W. Brolly
  • Sound Editor: Neil L. Kaufman
  • First Assistant Director: David W. Rose
  • Camera Operator: Paul F. Birkett
  • Production Coordinator: Tammy Oates

Movie Reviews:

  • CinemaSerf: We start this film with the image of a young woman, half dressed, running in the rain screaming for help. It turns out she is “Sarah” (Jodie Foster) and after a passer-by takes her to hospital we learn that she has been gang raped in the games room of a bar. Deputy DA “Murphy” (Kelly McGillis) is assigned to the case, and although she believes her client, she is reluctant to prosecute as she doesn’t think she can win. Her DA boss “Rudolph” (Carmen Argenziano) insists that they must change the accused three men with something, so they settle on a lesser charge after some plea bargaining. Needless to say, “Sarah” is livid, and tempers really flare when one of the other men from the bar that night, goads her into ramming her car into his. This is the point when the ambitious lawyer has a bit of a volte-face and despite the objections this time of her boss, she initiates a prosecution of the others in the bar for egging on the rapists – criminal solicitation. Can she prove these men are guilty? If so, that will also ensure those who got off lightly will also end up serving full sentences and have the nature of their sexual assaults placed on their criminal records. Foster is impressive here. She offers us a compelling portrayal of a young woman who suffers an heinous assault and struggles for justice. McGillis also delivers well, as does Bernie Coulson – the young “Ken” upon whom much of the chances of conviction rest. The graphically violent scenes towards the end of the trial stages are harrowing, disturbing and effective, and they also provide for an unnervingly nauseating performance from the vocal architect of her assault “Scorpion” (Leo Rossi). The drama is tough to watch, and offers food for thought as to just how victims can ever receive fair treatment in a legal environment that all too frequently takes a “was she asking for it?” approach, and is so oft just automatically stacked against them.

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