The Accused (1988) – Encore Review

“[to Sarah Tobias] Hey, wanna play pinball?” – Cliff ‘Scorpion’ Albrect

Number of Times Seen – at least 5 times (Cable in the 80/90’s, 27 Nov 2014 and 31 Oct 2020)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – After a woman is raped in a bar one night, her lawyer decides to also prosecute the men in the bar who cheered on the crime.

My Take on it – This is a film that really makes people think about their actions in certain situations.

The story is all about trying to discover who is responsible for certain crimes and the question that they raise here is whether spectators can be help accountable.

The story is multi-layered and works quite well here.

The fact that this story is based on a true event makes things even more powerful to watch unfold.

The film’s leads played by Jodie Foster and Kelly McGillis are both superb here and really make the viewer think about things on a much deeper level.

Foster win an Oscar for Best Actress for her portrayal here which is really interesting to watch.

Her character is transformed over the course of the film by the events of the story and we can also see how much she suffered from everything that transpired.

The rape scene is quite intense and not easy to watch because it is shown in such a realistic way.

In addition, this film has some great courtroom scenes that help make the message much more powerful and clearer as things progress.

Bottom Line – Fascinating film that works on numerous levels. The premise is quiet intriguing and the fact that it’s based on a real story adds so much weight to things. Foster and McGillis are both superb here in their roles. Foster won an Oscar for Best Actress for her work on this film and gives such an emotional performance because we can really feel how much her character has suffered and how much she has changed due to everything that happened. The rape scene is depicted in a very intense way that makes things seem so realistic. The film has some powerful courtroom scenes which also help the film’s message be even more clearer. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Kelly McGillis was offered the role of Sarah Tobias, but having survived a violent sexual assault at knifepoint by two men who broke into her NYC apartment in 1982, she declined the role and instead fought for the part of Kathryn Murphy. (From IMDB)

Rating – ?? Worthy (?/10) (no change from original review)


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