Dance with a Stranger

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"It wasn't simply love. It was a case of cold-blooded passion."
  • R
  • 1985
  • 1 hr 42 min
  • 6.6  (2,931)

In the 1950s, England was still recovering from the horrors of World War II. The country was undergoing seismic shifts in its social, economic, and political landscapes, and the people were struggling to find a way forward from the trauma and destruction of the past. Against this backdrop, Dance with a Stranger tells the true story of Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in Britain.

Ruth Ellis (Miranda Richardson) is a stunningly beautiful woman, blonde and glamorous, living in London in the early 1950s. She works as a nightclub hostess, a job that allows her to wear expensive clothes and be surrounded by wealthy men. But Ruth is also trapped in a world of poverty and abuse, with a failed marriage and a young child to support. Desperate for a way out, she begins a relationship with David Blakely (Rupert Everett), a wealthy racing driver with a reputation for violence and cruelty.

Their relationship is marked by a fierce, passionate love, but also by brutal fights and abuse. David is controlling and jealous, and Ruth struggles to maintain her independence and sense of self. As their relationship spirals out of control, Ruth becomes increasingly isolated and desperate, turning to drink and drugs to cope with the pain.

Meanwhile, Jack Gale (Ian Holm), a private detective hired by David's family to keep an eye on Ruth, becomes increasingly fascinated by her. He is struck by her beauty and vulnerability, and begins to develop feelings for her. But Jack also knows that Ruth's life is spiraling out of control, and that her relationship with David is putting her in grave danger.

As the story moves towards its inevitable conclusion, Ruth and David's relationship becomes more and more fraught. Ruth becomes increasingly unstable, and David becomes even more violent and controlling. Jack, caught between his feelings for Ruth and his duty to protect her, becomes embroiled in a dangerous game of cat and mouse with David.

Dance with a Stranger is a haunting, melancholy film that captures perfectly the atmosphere of 1950s Britain. The sets and costumes are stunningly detailed, transporting the viewer back to a time when women were expected to be submissive and obedient, and men were permitted to be violent and cruel. The performances are outstanding, with Miranda Richardson giving a career-defining turn as Ruth Ellis, capturing both her beauty and her vulnerability.

Overall, Dance with a Stranger is a powerful, emotionally-charged film that presents a searing portrait of a tragic figure. It is a testament to the power of love, and a warning against the dangers of passion and obsession. It is a film that will stay with you long after the credits have rolled.

Dance with a Stranger is a 1985 crime movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 42 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.6.

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    1 hr 42 min
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    6.6  (2,931)