A film inspired by the notorious barroom rape that occurred in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1983. An evening at a local bar turns violent when three men push a woman onto a pool table and rape her -- as many of the bar's patrons cheer them on.
When she learns that the rapists have plea-bargained their way into a lesser charge (meaning that the rape never officially occurred), the woman and her lawyer take a novel approach: they prosecute the "spectators" for encouraging the criminals.
"...A good, tough melodrama....A splendid performance by [Foster]..." - 10/14/1988 New York Times, p.C13
"...[Foster gives] an extraordinary performance, bolstered by an innate gallantry, a tensile strength of skill and an observation of physical detail..." - 10/14/1988 Los Angeles Times, p.C4