Starring Jodie Foster as
Sarah Tobias and Kelly McGillis as Kathryn Murphy, the
Accused was a drama released in 1988. The movie was
loosely based on the real life gang rape of a girl named
Cheryl Araujo that took place in a bar in Massachusetts
in 1983. Jodie Fosterís portrayal of Sarah Tobias
earned her an Academy Award for Best Actress. The movie
did very well with critics, and continues to rank high.
It earned an estimated $26 million dollars in profits.
In this movie, Foster
stars as Sarah Tobias, a small town bad girl who is
often doped up. After being gang raped in a bar one
night, she decides to file charges, only to find that
her attackers are given a light sentence based on
Sarah's bad reputation. The assistant district attorney
prosecuting the case, Kathryn Murphy (McGillis),
initially wanted to drop the case. Furious about the
light sentence her attackers received, Sarah convinces
Kathryn to prosecute the witnesses of the rape for
criminal solicitation, considering they did nothing to
stop it. In the end, the truth is revealed, and Sarah
is somewhat vindicated.