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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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Matthew Carroll ...
Andy
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Jane Bertish ...
Carole Findlater
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Cliff Davis
Paul Mooney ...
Clive Gunnell
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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
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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Biography | Crime | Drama

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9 August 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bailar con un extraño  »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,174,622

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,260,519
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Debut theatrical movie of Miranda Richardson. 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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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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Brilliant
26 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

This is a haunting, finely-crafted film that transports the viewer to another time and place from the very first frames of the movie. The sets, lighting, fashions, and make-up all unify to create a special cinema experience. It is restrained, refined, mature, and civilized. In its dark way, this film captures a type of story-telling magic that only movies can create. It is an eternal, personal favorite, and one of the best films of the decade. Miranda Richardson is irreplaceable; she inhabits the role, completely. The supporting cast is equally effective. Unfortunately, the latest DVD cover lacks the powerful, simple black-and-white design of vintage promotional material. The original imagery was as classic and elegant as the film, itself. It is a fine piece of movie-making. I wish more directors aspired to this type of work.


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