Elementary Rape Education, based very loosely on erroneous news accounts of an actual incident that reportedly took place in front of cheering onlookers in a public bar. (Is the pinball machine on which the rape here occurs -- about as ugly a scene, in about as many different ways, as you'd ever care to see -- an homage to Anatomy of a Murder?) Scriptwriter Tom Topor, author of Nuts, gets to grind his same anti-judiciary axe about putting an honest but "unpresentable" witness on the stand; and although the dubious moral character of the victim -- "a low-class bimbo," in her own words -- gives the case some useful stickiness, it also lets in some deplorable social condescension. Jodie Foster, Kelly McGillis; directed by Jonathan Kaplan. (1988) — Duncan Shepherd
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