Dance With A Stranger (1985)

MIKE NEWELL

Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB

United Kingdom, 1985.   Goldcrest Films International, National Film Finance Corporation, Film Four International, First Film Company, National Film Development Fund, Shooting Lodge.   Screenplay by .   Cinematography by .   Produced by .   Music by .   Production Design by .   Costume Design by .   Film Editing by .    Boston Film Critics Awards 1985.  

Miranda Richardson makes her film debut in this true-life drama about Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in Great Britain.  A single woman with a ten year-old son, Ellis meets and enjoys a relationship with an upper-crust gentleman () that turns into a serious affair; he has no interest in sticking with her because of her lower origins, and she is none too pleased about it.  Great acting, and a terrific feel for the period by director Mike Newell (who would later direct Richardson in Enchanted April), but the plotting lacks punch and the film will lose your interest by the end. Richardson’s performance, however, is spot on and it’s interesting to see how powerful she was from the very beginning.

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