16. What Happened at the Bar
Film: The Accused (1988)
Director: Jonathan Kaplan
Stars: Kelly McGillis, Jodie Foster, Bernie Coulson
Loosely inspired by a real crime, The Accused is a courtroom drama. The crime? Rape. Jodie Foster's character is gang-raped by several drunk men at a bar one night. Adding to the trauma, multiple patrons watch the event but fail to act.
Not only are you forced to watch, but you're forced to others watching and not doing anything. It's a reminder of the dangers of passively absorbing on-screen violence. It's an indictment of the viewr. —RS