Watch It

On DVD: Now | On Blu-ray: TBD

Dance with a Stranger Details


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 Richardson, in a stark, knock-out performance is outstanding as the cold, calculating Ellis, unscrupulous in her use of everyone to get what she wants. Ian Holm, in an often-overlooked performance, is superb as the man who loves Ellis, supporting her and her teenage son, without ever gaining her love. He is her mainstay and the surrogate father to her teenage son, who Ellis has little time for. In his own, quiet way he is as obsessed as Ellis. The screenplay, adapted by Shelagh Delaney remains faithful to the true story, taking only minor dramatic license. Dance With a Stranger is an uncompromising look at obsessive love and its consequences on others. The story is made even more poignant because of the sad life and eventual suicide of Ellis' real son. ~ Linda Rasmussen, Rovi


Miranda Richardson
as Ruth Ellis
Rupert Everett
as David Blakely
Ian Holm
as Desmond Cussen
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
Tony Mathews
as Customer "Madgala"
Charles Cork
as Policeman
Joanne Whalley
as Christine
Susan Kyd
as Barbara
Colin Rix
as Landlord "Madgala"
Patrick Field
as Builder
Lesley Manville
as Maryanne
Miki Iveria
as Landlady
Elizabeth Newell
as Baby
Martin Murphy
as Roy
David Beale
as Man in Little Club
Nicholas McArdle
as Landlord
Lizzie McKenzie
as Woman in Launderette
Ian Hurley
as Policeman
Charon Bourke
as Ballroom Singer


Mike Newell
Roger Randall-Cutler
Paul Cowan
Shelagh Delaney
Mick Audsley
Adrian Smith
Art Director
Alison Stewart-Richardson
Set Designer
Pip Newbery
Costume Designer
Pat Hay