Director: Jonathan Kaplan Cast: Jodie Foster, Kelly McGillis, Bernie Coulson, Leo Rossi, Ann Hearn, Carmen Argenziano, Steve Antin, Tom O’Brien, Peter Van Norden, Terry David Mulligan, Woody Brown, Scott Paulin, Kim Kondrashoff, Stephen E. Miller, Tom Heaton, Christianne Hirt
Academy Awards: Best Actress in a Leading Role (Jodie Foster)
I First Saw In: 2015
Synopsis: After a young woman suffers a brutal rape in a bar one night, a prosecutor assists in bringing the perpetrators to justice, including the ones who encouraged and cheered on the attack.
Quotables: SARAH TOBIAS: Your best friend is some great guy. And I’m just this lowlife whore who he gang raped. You’re not like the others: you’re worse!
And now a Word from the Guise:
This is an important film. It was released in 1988 and still – nearly 30 years later – we think it’s important to ask the victims of rape what they were wearing and doing prior to being raped, as though her apparent “sexual promiscuity” is a justifiable cause for her having been raped. The legal system was engineered by men and it continues to be run by men, and they will stop at nothing to guarantee that they “have each other’s backs” as it were, attempting to discredit female rape victims by asking such patriarchal questions as “Were you dressed provocatively?” and “How many drinks did you have?” And the jury probably would have bought into the defendant’s argument had the prosecution not received testimony from a male witness. And there is another piece of the issue: it’s not enough for a woman to say she was raped, they have to have corroboration from a male that she was raped. Approximately 68% of sexual assaults are not reported to the police, and it’s because of fear: fear of further assault, fear of being shamed, fear of injustice. It’s past time we change our perception of rape: it is never the victim’s fault, and it is never justifiable.
Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233