A 1988 drama film written by Tom Topor and directed by Jonathan Kaplan, starring Creator/JodieFoster and Kelly [=McGillis=], and based on the real-life gang rape of Cheryl Araujo that occurred at Big Dan's Bar in New Bedford, Massachusetts, on March 6, 1983. ''The Accused'' was one of the first Hollywood films to deal with rape in a direct manner.

Foster won an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for her role.


* BastardBoyfriend: Sarah's boyfriend is one.
* EvilDetectingDog: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted.]] Sarah's dog Sadi gets into a barking fit the moment Kathryn walks into the door--even though she's the DA assigned to the case, and one of the heroines.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Sarah cuts off her hair shortly after the rape.
* FanDisservice: Jodie Foster wears a low-cut top and does a sexy dance... then gets brutally gang-raped.
* FlashBack: The rape scene is shown this way, visualizing what the college boy witness tells the court at the second trial.
* FreakOut: Sarah after running into one of the guys who cheered the rapists on and he verbally abuses her ("Wanna play pinball?") just to gloat how he [[KarmaHoudini wasn't punished]] for inciting her rape. She reacts by driving her car into his truck several times.
* GoodVictimsBadVictims: Explored. Sarah is not seen as a good victim due to her flirty nature and pot smoking.
* GreaterScopeVillain: Sarah's boyfriend could count, as his argument with Sarah led to her going to the bar where she would be raped.
* {{Jerkass}}: Sarah's BastardBoyfriend could count as one, asking her when she'll "get over this" after she dismisses his advances, saying that "this is getting ''boring''". Also, one of their spats is what led Sarah to attend at the bar where she would be eventually raped. Brought UpToEleven with the guy with the scorpion tattoo who cheered the rapists on and then gloated after running into and recognizing Sarah on how he got away with this.
* NotIfTheyEnjoyedItRationalization: The argument made by the man with the scorpion tattoo who cheered on the rape. Of course, the fact that Sarah ''didn't'' enjoy it is just one of the issues at hand here....
* RapeAsDrama
* RaceLift: Arajuo and her attackers were all Portuguese-American in RealLife, not so in the film.
* RippedFromTheHeadlines: The script was loosely based on the gang rape of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheryl_Araujo Cheryl Ann Araujo]], which occurred in 1983.
* SeinfeldianConversation: Sarah repeatedly converses with Kathryn over what the latter's astrology symbol is. It's indicated she's trying to reach out to someone after the incident.
* SkewedPriorities: The emergency service operator seemed more concerned with getting the spectator's name than listening to him explain what the problem was. While attempting to get a caller's name is a reasonable action, if it becomes clear they aren't going to divulge it, it seems as if an emergency operator should move on and focus on the reason behind the call, especially when the call is recorded and made on a traceable phone.
* SlutShaming: Sarah is blamed for her rape due to her clothing and flirty behavior.
* SmallRoleBigImpact: Turns out Sarah's boyfriend and her fight with him led to that fateful tragedy at the bar.
* VillainBall: Two of the rapists remain at the bar to be identified by Sarah--long enough for her to have been medically examined and to converse with Kathryn Murphy over what happened.