The Accused

  • 18
  • Jonathan Kaplan (1988)
  • US
  • 105 min
The Accused
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Jodie Foster won her first best actress Oscar for her moving performance here as Sarah Tobias, the brash working-class waitress who is gang raped in a bar and then endures public scrutiny so her attackers and those who watched can be brought to justice. Jonathan Kaplan's controversial movie raised a storm of protest on its release from those who believed its content veered too close to gratuitous voyeurism - yes, the rape scene is explicit and designed to shock. But both Foster and Kelly McGillis, as the crusading lawyer, are superb and the film raises some pointed questions about an emotive subject.

Plot Summary

Drama starring Jodie Foster and Kelly McGillis. When Sarah Tobias is brutally raped by three men in her local bar, assistant district attorney Kathryn Murphy is assigned as prosecutor. As the investigation proceeds, she discovers that Sarah may have acted provocatively. Believing, however, that nothing can justify rape, Kathryn embarks on an onerous fight for justice.

Cast and crew


Sarah Tobias
Jodie Foster
Kathryn Murphy
Kelly McGillis
Kenneth Joyce
Bernie Coulson
Cliff "Scorpion" Albrecht
Leo Rossi
Sally Fraser
Ann Hearn
DA Paul Rudolph
Carmen Argenziano
Bob Joiner
Steve Antin
Tom O'Brien
Peter Van Norden
Lieutenant Duncan
Terry David Mulligan
Woody Brown


Jonathan Kaplan

Other Information

Violence, swearing, drug abuse and nudity.
Available on video and DVD
Certificate 18