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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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David Blakeley
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Desmond Cussen
Matthew Carroll ...
Andy
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Anthony Findlater
Jane Bertish ...
Carole Findlater
David Troughton ...
Cliff Davis
Paul Mooney ...
Clive Gunnell
Stratford Johns ...
Morrie Conley
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Christine
Susan Kyd ...
Barbara
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Maryanne
Sallie Anne Field ...
Claudette (as Sallie-Anne Field)
David Beale ...
Man in Little Club
Martin Murphy ...
Roy
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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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Trivia

This movie inspired Bananarama's song "Dance With A Stranger", from their 1986 album "True Confessions". 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

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 Still Believe
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Written by Billy Reid
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Consumed by Love-Hate
17 February 2010 | by (A Place is Just A Place) – See all my reviews

Not a perfect movie, by far. Admittedly, claustrophobically hemmed in by a low budget.

But sometimes, rarely, imperfection is just the thing, the truth that sneaks by the money. (And how many indie movies pretend to be just that?)

Beautifully acted (Richardson), well written (Delaney), and competently directed (Newell, of "Donnie Brasco"), with solid support (Holm).

(Ruth Ellis was the last women killed by capital punishment in England. Thousands demonstrated against her execution. Dozens of MP's protested. She became a "cause." To its credit this movie makes her human, not a poster.)

The movie comes uncomfortably close to the spermy heart of self-destructive sexual obsession, the headless monster that possesses all of us at least once, at least partially, when, unable to sleep, to carry on, desperate to merge with The Other, we are swamped in dissatisfaction, stung by venom, blindly hungry for something we cannot even name.

And who exactly is that "stranger"? Isn't it ourselves?


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