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Dance with a Stranger (1985)

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This darkly haunting slightly fictionalized film is a retelling of the life and death of Ruth Ellis (Miranda Richardson), the last woman to be executed in England. Ellis, a divorcee and ex-prostitute works as a "hostess" in a tacky nightclub. There she meets and begins an obsessive love affair with upper-class David Blakely (Rupert Everett), who eventually discards her. Still obsessed and jealous because of David's upcoming marriage to a woman of his own class, Ellis murders him. Miranda

Jan 23, 2001

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Miranda Richardson gives a brilliant performance as Ruth Ellis in Mike Newell's gloomy and dowbeat film noir, based on the life of the last British femme to be hanged for murder.

July 16, 2005 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

An unforgettable performance by Miranda Richardson.

August 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Compelling fact-based drama

August 26, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Brilliantly exposes the dark underside of the supposedly happy and benign decade of the 1950s.

February 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
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Audience Reviews for Dance with a Stranger

Based on the story of Ruth Ellis - the last woman to be hanged in Britain. The film provides the tale of the build up toward her crime of passion.

Miranda Richardson (possibly better known for her comedy roles) plays a great role here as a woman who doesn't suffer fools gladly and a fiesty, perhaps controversial character of her time and has a weakness in the man she loves. I am unaware of how factual this film is, but it made for entertaining viewing.
January 5, 2011
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Good News: Miranda Richardson is incredible. Beyond her command of the character, which in itself is remarkable, is her sheer screen presence. To quote Steve Wiecking, she looks like a "delicious chilled confection".

Bad News: The film has a BBC-made-for-television feel to it, especially the sound reproduction and score.

Good News: The docudrama presentation lends itself well to detail and, as far as I can tell, historical accuracy. Ruth's debilitating codependency with her abusive and alcoholic beau is laid before us with excruciating clarity.

Bad News: Except for a postscript reference, there are no details about Ruth's trial, incarceration, execution, or the impact it all had [if any] on public attitudes and perceptions. Dance With A Stranger delivers a detailed reenactment of a terminally dysfunctional relationship, but barely hints at the tragic consequences.
December 11, 2009
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Randy Tippy

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dark intriguing movie. miranda richardson is sensational.
May 8, 2007
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jay nixon

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To describe this as the true story of the last woman ever hanged in England, would be a disservice. It's a touching and sad story, wonderfully acted. This is the film in which I first fell in love with Miranda Richardson (and Rupert Everett). Great performances by all.
February 20, 2007
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