The Stranger Beside Me (TV Movie 2003)

The Stranger Beside Me (TV Movie 2003)

Released: 2003
Genre: Animation, Crime, Drama, Genre
Director: Paul Shapiro
Starring: Suki Kaiser, Barbara Hershey, Billy Campbell, ,
Run time: 90 min
IMDb: 6.1/10
Country: Canada
Views: 61722

Synopsis

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.
User Reviews: This film is a fictional portrayal of Ann Rule’s relationship with serial killer Ted Bundy (played by Billy Campbell). How true it is or not, I have no idea. It relies on Rule’s point of view, with Rule being portrayed by Barbara Hershey, and some scenes do not even involve her, so at the very least the dialogue is just a bunch of bull.

Ted Bundy working with crime writer and ex-cop Ann Rule at a crisis hotline, where they have paramedics tracing the calls and arriving in record time. Also, Bundy as a Republican fundraiser and personal aide who knows the governor of Washington. I admit I never knew much about Bundy, but this is more interesting than I had imagined.

How Bundy, after being accused of murdering a dozen girls, gets out on bail is beyond me. He says that after one semester of law school he knows enough to "torpedo" the prosecution, but I have no idea how this can be true.

I appreciate the reference to Gary Gilmore and how Norman Mailer is writing a book about him. Gilmore is a far less-known killer, but treated here as though he is much bigger (which was probably true at the time). How he then escapes from Colorado and gets to Florida, gets a car, a fake identification and more… he is truly a criminal mastermind.

As I am not well-versed in Ted Bundy’s story, and not not say how accurate this film is, I can say it was very well made. I was engaged, and enthralled by how interesting it was. And to be able to have both Ann Rule and Bundy’s story told simultaneously adds a really good angle, since Bundy’s story by itself would be more exploitative than anything.

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