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Dance with a Stranger

Dance with a Stranger is a tale of dark passions based on a true story of the London underworld during the 1950s.

Miranda Richardson Rupert Everett Ian Holm Matthew Carroll Tom Chadbon Jane Bertish

Dance with a Stranger is a tale of dark passions based on a true story of the London underworld during the 1950s.

Film charts the rocky course of the relationship between Ruth Ellis, a divorcee and prostitute-turned-nightclub manageress, and the upper-class dropout David Blakeley. He’s too emotionally immature to care while she’s too infatuated to take the commonsense course of ending the affair. Film ends with Ellis entering mythology as the last woman to be hanged under British law, for her shooting of Blakeley.

The script is densely packed with social and psychological nuances. Audiences are left largely to draw their own conclusions as to what drew the seemingly ill-matched couple together.

Miranda Richardson’s performance as Ruth Ellis is firstrate. With her rolling eyes and impulsive gestures, she captures the delicate nuances of an attractive girl who’s both cool and coquettish. Major flaw is Rupert Everett’s inability to convey more about David Blakeley than that he’s set to fail consistently in work and life.

Dance with a Stranger


Production: First Picture/Goldcrest/NFFC. Director Mike Newell; Producer Roger Randall-Cutler; Screenplay Shelagh Delaney; Camera Peter Hannan; Editor Mick Audsley; Music Richard Hartley; Art Director Andrew Mollo

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1985. Running time: 101 MIN.

With: Miranda Richardson Rupert Everett Ian Holm Matthew Carroll Tom Chadbon Jane Bertish

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