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The Accused (1988)

Director:
Jonathan Kaplan
COUNTRY
Canada
GENRE
Drama
NORWEGIAN TITLE
De tiltalte
RUNNING TIME
111 minutes
Producer:
Stanley R. Jaffe
Sherry Lansing
Screenwriter:
Tom Topor


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
A.D.A. Kathryn Murphy Kelly McGillis
Sarah Tobias Jodie Foster
Ken 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
Lieutenant Duncan Terry David Mulligan
Danny Woody Brown

 

Review

A powerful performance from an offensive-minded young Jodie Foster is at the core of this social realism slash courtroom drama, based on real-life events. The subject matter is rape, society's stance to it, and the fine lines all the involved parties walk. The film is an intelligent dissection of a harrowing act, even if director Jonathan Kaplan seems to have let his film become a little sloppy and simplified during the middle part. Fortunately though, what may have seemed like one-dimensional characters and mere surface-grazing turns out to be a powerful and highly thought-provoking drama in a brilliant finale, in which the story's many aspects are fully documented. Kelly McGillis plays the D.A., looking amateurish beside the brilliant Foster.

Copyright 24.11.2012 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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