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Dance with a Stranger (1985)

A stormy relationship, complicated by the strictures of 1950s social class and gender roles, ends in death. Based on the life of Ruth Ellis, the last woman hanged in Britain.

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Cast

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David Blakeley
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Desmond Cussen
Matthew Carroll ...
Andy
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Anthony Findlater
Jane Bertish ...
Carole Findlater
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Cliff Davis
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Clive Gunnell
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Morrie Conley
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Susan Kyd ...
Barbara
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Sallie Anne Field ...
Claudette (as Sallie-Anne Field)
David Beale ...
Man in Little Club
Tracy-Louise Ward ...
Girl with David Blakely
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Storyline

Ruth Ellis lives with her 10-year old son Andy next to a night club. One night she meets David Blakely, and they start a love affair. However, for David with his upper-class background it is impossible to uphold the relationship. He breaks up with her, something which makes Ellis, obsessed by him, very upset... Written by Mattias Thuresson

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It wasn't simply love. It was a case of cold-blooded passion.

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9 August 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bailar con un extraño  »

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$138,359 (USA)
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The film won the Award of the Youth for a Foreign Film at the 1985 Cannes Film Festival with the gong being awarded to director Mike Newell. See more »

Goofs

Ruth switches on a radio which begins to play immediately. In those times, vacuum-tube radios had to warm up for about 20 seconds. See more »

Quotes

David Blakeley: You brought us to a den of vice, Desmond.
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Connections

Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Buried Treasures - 1987 Edition (1987) See more »

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She Wears Red Feathers
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Written by Bob Merrill
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Stunning Performance by Ms. Richardson
24 February 2001 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

When I saw this film nearly 15 years ago, I immediately became a fan of Miranda Richardson. Her unforgettable performance reminded me of a young Bette Davis in 'Of Human Bondage' (another story of a tragic, doomed woman). Few actresses could have matched the intensity of her Ruth.


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