Ann Rule Presents: The Stranger Beside Me (2003)
"The Stranger Beside Me" (original title)

TV Movie  |   |  Biography, Crime, Drama  |  21 March 2003 (USA)
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While working at a Seattle clinic for women in the 1970s, Ann Rule becomes friends with Ted Bundy. Based on a book by Ann Rule.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ann Rule
Dick Reed
Kelly Parker
Judge Cowart
Joe Foley (as Benjamin Ratner)
Detective Payton
Leslie Rule
District Attorney Baines
Julie Wyatt
Beverly Neal
Roger Haskett ...
Maureen Thomas ...


While working at a Seattle clinic for women in the 1970s, Ann Rule becomes friends with Ted Bundy. Based on a book by Ann Rule.

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Ted Bundy's VW Beetle was a 1968 model. The one seen in several scenes in the film is a later model, manufactured from 1974 onwards. The rear light clusters were larger in size on the 1974 onwards models than the 1968-1973 models. See more »


References The Towering Inferno (1974) See more »

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Somewhat decent but not as good as the book!
14 May 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ann Rules' books including the Stranger Beside Me offers a detailed complex and complicated version of the events around Ted Bundy. Who would have thought that even a seasoned policewoman turned writer would be sitting next to a serial killer on Tuesdays nights for a Suicide hot line. There is no wonder that Ted Bundy got away with so much. He was brilliant and conscious. He graduated college and was attending law school. But there was a dark side behind the image of a charming, intelligent political promising young man and that is what Ann Rule tries to bring forth to the public in her book and in her movie. Sadly, the movie does touch on some bit of his past including the possible connection with a young girl's disappearance and the horrifying crimes against the women in the film. Not all of the victims were shown but the film can scare anybody from hitchhiking away for sure. Ann Rule was a lot stronger than the portrayal. She has three other children which are not at all mentioned. Barbara Hershey did a favorable job in playing Ann Rule. The actor, Billy Campbell, played Ted Bundy was absolutely chilling and tragic all at once. You just cringed with sadness when you heard the judge's remarks about him and if he had only chosen another way to live.

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