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Dance with a Stranger
     

Dance with a Stranger

Director: Mike Newell, Miranda Richardson, Rupert Everett, Ian Holm

Cast: Mike Newell, Miranda Richardson, Rupert Everett, Ian Holm

 
This acclaimed British thriller -- featuring a star-making performance from Miranda Richardson -- gets an effective presentation for its North American release on DVD. Dance With a Stranger has been transferred to disc in its original widescreen aspect ratio of 1.66:1, while the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono. The film was shot in English, and

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This acclaimed British thriller -- featuring a star-making performance from Miranda Richardson -- gets an effective presentation for its North American release on DVD. Dance With a Stranger has been transferred to disc in its original widescreen aspect ratio of 1.66:1, while the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono. The film was shot in English, and optional Spanish and French subtitles are included on this edition. As a bonus, the disc also includes the film's original theatrical trailer, and an alternate, unused ending sequence.

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A precisely cut social commentary, Dance with a Stranger captures the twin woes of austerity and repression that characterized 1950s Britain. Director Mike Newell keeps polemics to a minimum, treating his subject as a carefully observed study of class tension and sexual obsession. He dissects the Ellis-Blakely affair in the measured, diligent manner that one might employ to reconstruct a catastrophic train wreck; since the outcome is a foregone conclusion, Newell finds drama in the forces leading to that conclusion. The film works best as a grim character study, in which character is seen (by society) as an outgrowth of class. As Ruth Ellis, Miranda Richardson exemplifies what happens when one becomes a prisoner of both character and class; coming across as an icy Marilyn Monroe knock-off, Ellis is ruled by the misfortune of loving a man outside both her class and the possibility of human affection. She is ably supported by Rupert Everett, petulant and pretty as her spoiled brat lover, and Ian Holm as Desmond Cussen, whose own quiet obsession with Ellis forcefully complements her obsession with Blakely. Both obsessions are fraught with irrational desperation, but Cussen's ends with a whimper, while Ellis' ends with a fatal bang.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/23/2001
UPC:
0027616857675
Original Release:
1985
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:41:00

Special Features

alternate ending, french and spanish subtitles, original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Miranda Richardson Ruth Ellis
Rupert Everett David Blakely
Ian Holm Desmond Cussen
Matthew Carroll Andy
Tom Chadbon Anthony Findlater
Jane Bertish Carole Findlater
David Troughton Cliff Davis
Paul Mooney Clive Gunnell
Stratford Johns Morrie Conley
David Beale Man in Little Club
Charon Bourke Ballroom Singer
Charles Cork Policeman
Patrick Field Builder
Sallie-Anne Field Claudette
Ian Hurley Policeman
Miki Iveria Landlady
Michael Jen Wilf
Susan Kyd Barbara
Lesley Manville Maryanne
Tony Mathews Customer "Madgala"
Nicholas McArdle Landlord
Lizzie McKenzie Woman in Launderette
Martin Murphy Roy
Elizabeth Newell Baby
Colin Rix Landlord "Madgala"
Alan Thompson Actor
Tracy-Louise Ward Girl with David Blakely
Joanne Whalley Christine

Technical Credits
Mike Newell Director
Mick Audsley Editor
Paul Cowan Producer
Shelagh Delaney Screenwriter
Peter Hannan Cinematographer
Richard Hartley Score Composer
Pat Hay Makeup
Andrew Mollo Production Designer
Pip Newbery Costumes/Costume Designer
Roger Randall-Cutler Producer
Adrian Smith Art Director
Alison Stewart-Richardson Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Scene Selections
0. Scene Selections
1. Title/Credits/Intro [1:49]
2. Ruth Meets David [8:41]
3. Fast Track [6:52]
4. Stagnant Waters [5:38]
5. Racing Time [8:08]
6. Stormy Weather [5:38]
7. Until We're Married [8:52]
8. School Boys [4:56]
9. Broken Record [5:54]
10. Another Try [4:56]
11. Christmas Surprise [6:10]
12. A Small Matter [5:42]
13. Shadowy Figures [7:52]
14. Let Down [8:52]
15. Last Straw/Epilogue [6:56]
16. End Credits [3:41]

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