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Dance with a Stranger (1985)

 -  Biography | Crime | Drama  -  9 August 1985 (USA)
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A woman can not accept that her boyfriend dumped her.

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David Blakeley
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Desmond Cussen
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Morrie Conley
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Christine
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Anthony Findlater
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Carole Findlater
David Troughton ...
Cliff Davis
Matthew Carroll ...
Andy
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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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love | beach | dance hall | orchestra | nylons | See more »

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Biography | Crime | Drama

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9 August 1985 (USA)  »

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$138,359 (USA)
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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 »

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Anthony Findlater: She
[his wife]
Anthony Findlater: eats like a bird...
Ruth Ellis: Really? My son tells me birds eat twice their own weight every day.
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I Came, I Saw, I Conga'd
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Written by John Redmond, Frank Weldon and James Cavanaugh
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Compelling
24 October 2010 | by (Saffron Walden, UK) – See all my reviews

A grim slice of 1950s Britain is expertly recreated in Mike Newell's film 'Dance with a Stranger'. Miranda Richardson gives an expertly judged performance as Ruth Ellis, an ageing nightclub hostess whose desire to keep a little glamour in her life, coupled with a powerful mutual sexual attraction, led her into a relationship with a man who, while not exactly evil, was utterly self-absorbed and prone to intermittent violence. The story ends in murder, and Ellis is now famous as the last woman to be executed in Great Britain. Obviously, the film is sympathetic to her, and while her victim scarcely deserves death, the tale is compelling; and it makes one wonder how many of those killed by the state may have done a terrible thing, but may also have had a tale of their own. Some will argue that in cases such as these, there is no alternative in judgement but to assign absolute individual responsibility; personally, I think it's a more civilised country that retains the capacity to forgive.


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