Dance with a Stranger (1985)

R  |   |  Biography, Crime, Drama  |  9 August 1985 (USA)
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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 overview, first billed only:
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Matthew Carroll ...
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David Troughton ...
Cliff Davis
Paul Mooney ...
Clive Gunnell
Stratford Johns ...
Morrie Conley
Susan Kyd ...
Sallie Anne Field ...
Claudette (as Sallie-Anne Field)
David Beale ...
Man in Little Club
Martin Murphy ...


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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Release Date:

9 August 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bailar con un extraño  »

Box Office


$138,359 (USA)

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This major motion picture is based on a true story. See more »


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 »


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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Music by Ena Baga
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21 May 2006 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Andy of Flatlands, yes maybe it was boring to you as it was based on fact, and face it the average working class person who lived in post war Britain had a boring and hard life. It is a damn good film, and you need to be able to work out the relationships for yourself without being spoon fed. I found it quite easy. I think you have missed the whole point of the miscarriage of justice that happened. Her speaking voice was typical of a working class women trying to be something she wasn't. Does the term "fur coat no knickers" mean anything to you? I suggest you watch it again. It is factual, damn good and worth watching. Miranda Richardson played the part really well as did all the cast. Their performances really were a great portrayal of the characters. By the way she was hanged (as a past tense and a past participle of hang, is used in the sense of "to put to death by hanging)not hung

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