The Accused

By 16th January 2012 No Comments

What are the limits of justice? Of social responsibility? The Accused is a 1988 dramatic film starring Jodie Foster and Kelly McGillis directed by Jonathan Kaplan The film was written by Tom Topor. The original music score is composed by Brad Fiedel. Foster was awarded the 1988 Best Actress Oscar and Golden Globe award for this film. Foster studied hard for her role in this film, she attended meetings of rape support groups and read stories of rape experiences, and Kelly McGillis is herself a real-life rape victim. The film is marketed with the tagline “The first scream was for help. The second is for justice,” it is well remembered for its brutally realistic rape scene and remains one of the first films to tackle the issue in a forthright manner. The film grossed approximately $40 million worldwide making a relatively large profit on the $6 million budget.

The Accused takes a powerful and thought-provoking look at human nature and individual moral conscience, and a judicial process that treats the victim like a criminal. Jodie Foster gives an Oscar-winning performance as the hard-living, fiercely independent Sarah Tobias, who is gang-raped in the back of a neighbourhood bar. But that is only the beginning of her ordeal. Now Sarah finds herself battling the legal system not once but twice as she and her attorney (Kelly McGillis) go after both her attackers and the onlookers who’s cheering fuelled and encouraged the assault.

The Accused is a highly controversial and explicit drama which shows a unique side of the coin in regards to the crime at hand and portrays it brilliantly. Jodie Foster is excellent and is 100% deserving of her Academy award, showing great capabilities in all aspects of the word, this was a truly great performance. The story itself gets a huge thumbs up, not only being extremely realistic in tackling a very sensitive subject it does it with a lot of style as to leave the viewer very satisfied. The flaw with the film I found was that it became very slow in places and some of the dramatical elements were emphasised a little too much, becoming a little over the top in places. However, despite this I really enjoyed The Accused and can recommend this with high praise.