Dance With a Stranger

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This tale of murderous revenge focuses on Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be executed by the state in England. Ellis (Miranda Richardson), a former prostitute and single mom, falls for David Blakely (Rupert Everett) when she meets him in a club. Although Blakely comes from an aristocratic background, compared with Ellis's hardscrabble upbringing, the two start a torrid affair. But when David starts to pull away, Ruth is overwhelmed by jealousy and turns to extreme measure to get him back.

Cast & Crew

Rupert Everett
David Blakeley
Ian Holm
Desmond Cussen
Matthew Carroll
Andy
Tom Chadbon
Anthony Findlater
Jane Bertish
Carole Findlater
Paul Mooney
Clive Gunnell
Stratford Johns
Morrie Conley
Robert Randall-Cutler
Producer
Shelagh Delaney
Screenwriter
Richard Hartley
Original Music
Peter Hannan
Cinematographer
Mick Audsley
Film Editor
Andrew Mollo
Production Design
Adrian Smith
Art Director
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Critic Reviews for Dance with a Stranger

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Audience Reviews for Dance with a Stranger

  • Mar 10, 2009
    Good News/Bad News 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. <i>Dance With A Stranger</i> delivers a detailed reenactment of a terminally dysfunctional relationship, but barely hints at the tragic consequences.
    Randy T Super Reviewer
  • Aug 16, 2007
    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.
    Lady D Super Reviewer
  • May 08, 2007
    dark intriguing movie. miranda richardson is sensational.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Feb 20, 2007
    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.
    Robert C Super Reviewer

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