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The Stranger Beside Me (2003)

Not Rated | | Biography, Crime, Drama | TV Movie 21 March 2003
While working at a Seattle clinic for women in the 1970s, aspiring crime writer, Ann Rule, unwittingly becomes friends with serial killer Ted Bundy.

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Paul Shapiro

Writers:

Matthew McDuffie (teleplay by), Matthew Tabak (teleplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Campbell ... Ted Bundy
Barbara Hershey ... Ann Rule
Suki Kaiser ... Kelly Parker
Brenda James ... Margo
Jay Brazeau ... Judge Cowart
Benjamin Ratner ... Joe Foley
Matthew Bennett ... Detective Payton
Kevin Dunn ... Dick Reed
Meghan Black ... Leslie Rule
Aaron Douglas ... Prosecutor Baines
Kimberley Warnat ... Julie Wyatt
Claudette Mink ... Victoria
Alison Matthews ... Beverly Neal
Roger Haskett ... Psychiatrist
Maureen Thomas ... Therapist
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Storyline

While working at a Seattle clinic for women in the 1970s, aspiring crime writer, Ann Rule, unwittingly becomes friends with serial killer Ted Bundy.

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The Ted Bundy Story.


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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ann Rule Presents: The Stranger Beside Me See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Near the start of the Movie during the attempted suicide, the paramedics appear at the scene seconds after the call is made and immediately report blood pressure which takes a little preparation and time to perform. See more »

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Version of The Deliberate Stranger (1986) See more »

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Somewhat decent but not as good as the book!
14 May 2003 | by SylviastelSee all my reviews

Ann Rules' books including the Stranger Beside Me offers a detailed complex and complicated version of the events around Ted Bundy. Who would have thought that even a seasoned policewoman turned writer would be sitting next to a serial killer on Tuesdays nights for a Suicide hot line. There is no wonder that Ted Bundy got away with so much. He was brilliant and conscious. He graduated college and was attending law school. But there was a dark side behind the image of a charming, intelligent political promising young man and that is what Ann Rule tries to bring forth to the public in her book and in her movie. Sadly, the movie does touch on some bit of his past including the possible connection with a young girl's disappearance and the horrifying crimes against the women in the film. Not all of the victims were shown but the film can scare anybody from hitchhiking away for sure. Ann Rule was a lot stronger than the portrayal. She has three other children which are not at all mentioned. Barbara Hershey did a favorable job in playing Ann Rule. The actor, Billy Campbell, played Ted Bundy was absolutely chilling and tragic all at once. You just cringed with sadness when you heard the judge's remarks about him and if he had only chosen another way to live.


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