The Accused is a 1988 drama film. It stars Jodie Foster and Kelly McGillis.
The film was directed by Jonathan Kaplan . Foster was awarded the 1988 Best Actress Oscar and Golden Globe Award for this film.
The story is of a sexy working-class woman (played by Foster) with a loose reputation. One night in a bar, she is viciously gang-raped by several drunk bar patrons. A district attorney (played by McGillis) is assigned to the rape case. The trial that ensues argues the point
that no matter how much sexual tension and teasing that had previously occurred during the night of the rape, the drunk patrons
were guilty of the crime, not only for actually perpetrating the rape but also for encouraging the rape. The movie is noted for the very realistic and traumatic rape scene.
It is one of the first Hollywood films to deal with rape and sexual rights in a forthright manner.