Dance with a Stranger (Goldcrest 1985, Miranda Richardson, Rupert Everett)

Dance with a Stranger is a dramatised account of the true story of Ruth Ellis (Miranda Richardson), who on July 13, 1955 became the last woman sentenced to death in England. Divorced ex-prostitute Ellis works at a tawdry nightspot, where she falls obsessively in love with a member of the upper crust, David Blakely (Rupert Everett). But when Blakely leaves Ellis so he can marry within his own class, she shoots Blakely dead.

Dance with a Stranger though is not the first film to tackle the Ruth Ellis story. Yield to the Night (1956; aka Blonde Sinner), starring Diana Dors and based on a John Henry novel, was heavily inspired by the events from the year before, right down to the locations.

Dance With A Stranger

Miranda Richardson as Ruth Ellis
Rupert Everett as David Blakeley
Ian Holm as Desmond Cussen
Matthew Carroll as Andy
Tom Chadbon as Anthony Findlater
Jane Bertish as Carole Findlater
David Troughton as Cliff Davis
Paul Mooney as Clive Gunnell
Stratford Johns as Morrie Conley
Joanne Whalley as Christine
Susan Kyd as Barbara
Lesley Manville as Maryanne
Sallie Anne Field as Claudette
David Beale as Man in Little Club
Tracy-Louise Ward as Girl with David Blakely

crew details
Director: Mike Newell
Producer: Roger Randall-Cutler
Director of Photography: Peter Hannan
Editor: Mick Audsley
Composer: Richard Hartley
Screenwriter: Shelagh Delaney
Production Designer: Andrew Mollo

production details
Country: UK
Network and Production Companies: Goldcrest – Film Four
Year of Release: 1985
Duration: 102 minutes

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