Charles Dance OBE (born October 10 1946) is an English actor.
Dance was born in Redditch, Worcestershire to Eleanor Perks, a cook, and Walter Dance, an engineer. Dance was set for a career in graphic design from the Plymouth College of Art before turning to acting. He was married to Joanna from 1970 until 2004 and they have two children Oliver and Rebecca. He currently resides in Devon, England.
Dance made his screen debut in 1974, but his big break came ten years later when he played the major role of Guy Perron in The Jewel in the Crown, an adaptation of Paul Scott's novels that also made stars of Geraldine James and Art Malik. He has appeared in numerous films, including Plenty (1985) with Meryl Streep, The Golden Child (1986) with Eddie Murphy, Hidden City (1987), Pascali's Island (1988), Alien 3 (1992), Last Action Hero (1993), China Moon (1994), Michael Collins (1996), Hilary and Jackie (1998), Gosford Park (2001), Dark Blue World (2001), Ali G In Da House (2002), Dolls (2006) and
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Swimming Pool is a psychological thriller released in 2003. It was directed by François Ozon and stars Charlotte Rampling and Ludivine Sagnier.
Sarah Morton (Rampling), a middle-aged English mystery writer, is having writer's block that is stopping her from completing her next book. She has written a long, successful and very popular series of novels featuring a single detective, and feels jaded. In the opening sequence, a reader recognizes her during a trip on the London Underground, but Sarah denies being the author pictured on the book jacket and quickly gets off the train.
Sarah's publisher, John Bosload (Dance), offers her his country house near Lacoste, France for some rest and relaxation. After becoming comfortable with the run of the house, Sarah's vacation is interrupted by a girl claiming to be the publisher's daughter, Julie (Sagnier). She shows up one night claiming to be taking time off from work herself. She also claims that her mother used to be Bosload's mistress,...,
Black and White is a 2002 Australian film, directed by Craig Lahiff and starring Robert Carlyle, Charles Dance, Kerry Fox, David Ngoombujarra, and Colin Friels. Louis Nowra wrote the screenplay and Helen Leake and Nik Powell produced the film. The film won an Australian Film Institute award in 2003 for David Ngoombujarra as Best Actor in a Supporting Role.Based on real events, it tells the story of Max Stuart (Ngoombujarra), a young aboriginal who was sentenced to death after being found guilty of the murder of a nine year old girl on what was considered questionable evidence. It follows the fight by his lawyers David O'Sullivan (Carlyle) and Helen Devaney (Fox) to save Stuart from execution, as well as Crown Prosecutor, Roderic Chamberlain (Dance) efforts to convict Stuart. Rohan Rivett editor of an Adelaide paper, The News, and its publisher, Rupert Murdoch (Ben Mendelsohn) also feature as leading the public response in the campaign to save Stuart.Max Stuart appeared in the film as...,
Ali G Indahouse: The Movie is a 2002 movie directed by Mark Mylod starring the fictional character Ali G, performed by the British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen.
The film is the first in a sort of trilogy of films based of Baron Cohen's characters from Da Ali G Show television show, the second being Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, and the rumoured third being Brüno: Delicious Journeys Through America for the Purpose of Making Heterosexual Males Visibly Uncomfortable in the Presence of a Gay Foreigner in a Mesh T-Shirt.
Ali G is the leader of Da West Staines Massiv, a fictional gang composed of a group of wannabe gangstas from Staines (a small, affluent, suburban town to the west of London); their chief rivals are Da East Staines Massiv. After he goes on a hunger strike and is spotted chained to some railings by the nefarious Deputy Prime minister David Carlton (played by Charles Dance), he is drawn into a world of seedy political...,
Gosford Park is an award-winning 2001 film, directed by Robert Altman. The screenplay is by Julian Fellowes, based on an idea by Altman and producer Bob Balaban. It features an ensemble cast including Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Kristin Scott Thomas, Jeremy Northam, Bob Balaban, Ryan Phillippe, Stephen Fry, Kelly Macdonald, Clive Owen, Helen Mirren, Eileen Atkins, Emily Watson, Camilla Rutherford, Tom Hollander, Alan Bates, Derek Jacobi, and Richard E. Grant.
The film is set in 1932 at an English country house. A party of wealthy Britons and Americans, all accompanied by their servants, gather at the home of Sir William McCordle for a weekend of pheasant shooting. A murder occurs in the middle of the night. The Plot presents the murder from the perspective of the servants. But rather than a simple mystery to be solved, the film uses the whodunit format to create a drama showcasing the tensions of the British class system. Many intertwining subplots detail the complex...,
Dark Blue World (Czech: Tmavomodrý svět) is a 2001 film by Czech director Jan Svěrák about Czechoslovakian pilots who fought for the British Royal Air Force during World War II. The screenplay was written by Zdeněk Svěrák, the father of the director. The film stars Ondřej Vetchý as František (Franta) Sláma, Kryštof Hádek as Karel Vojtíšek and Tara Fitzgerald as Susan. There is also an appearance from Charles Dance. About one third of the film takes place in 1950, after the war, when the returning Czechoslovak pilots were imprisoned by the new communist government for colluding with the capitalists. Most of these scenes are the interactions between Sláma, and his fellow inmates in the prison hospital (an ex-SS doctor and a convicted burglar). The film switches back between the war and the prison. The first scene in the film is in the workshop of the prison. Sláma is at a sewing machine when he collapses and is taken to the hospital. The film proper begins in 1939, just days prior to...,
Michael Collins a 1996 biopic about Michael Collins, the Irish patriot and revolutionary who died in the Irish Civil War. Liam Neeson stars as the title character. Also starring are Aidan Quinn (as Harry Boland), Stephen Rea (as Ned Broy), Alan Rickman (as Eamon de Valera), Julia Roberts (as Kitty Kiernan), Ian Hart and Charles Dance. It was scripted and directed by Neil Jordan. The soundtrack was written by Elliot Goldenthal. The film was an international co-production between companies in Ireland, the UK and the USA.In Ireland, the film was extremely successful, becoming the second most successful movie in Irish box-office history and the most successful Irish-made film of all time. The film received generally positive reviews, but was criticized for its historical inaccuracies.With a budget estimated at between $35 to $40 million, receiving 10% to 12% of its budget from the Irish Film Board, the film was one of the most expensive films ever...,
Alien³ is a science fiction/horror film that opened May 22, 1992. It was the feature film debut of director David Fincher. The third installment in the Alien franchise, it is preceded by Ridley Scott's Alien and James Cameron's Aliens and is followed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Alien: Resurrection.
In deep space the spaceship Sulaco experiences an onboard fire and launches an escape pod containing Ellen Ripley, Newt, Corporal Hicks, and the damaged Bishop android in cryonic stasis. The pod crashes on Fiorina 'Fury' 161, a mining facility and penal colony inhabited by all-male former inmates with "double-Y" chromosome patterns. As the inmates recover the pod's passengers, an alien facehugger is seen approaching their dog. Ripley is taken in and awakened by Clemens (Charles Dance), the facility's doctor, and learns that she is the only survivor of the crash. Many of the ex-inmates have embraced an apocalyptic, millenarian religion which forbids sexual relations, and Ripley is warned that...
Plenty is a 1985 movie directed by Fred Schepisi. It was adapted from David Hare's play of the same name.The plot focuses on Susan Traherne, irreparably changed by her experiences as a fighter for the French Resistance during World War II. She is determined to achieve what she wishes in the post-war world which, after her time away, she finds trivial and inadequate, while acting with complete disregard for everybody around her.Meryl Streep as Susan Traherne Charles Dance as Raymond Brock Tracey Ullman as Alice Park John Gielgud as Sir Leonard Darwin Sting as Mick Ian McKellen as Sir Andrew Charleson Sam Neill as LazarUllman and Gielgud were nominated for BAFTA Awards, and Gielgud was named Best Supporting Actor by both the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the National Society of Film Critics....,
Pascali's Island is a novel by Barry Unsworth, first published in 1980.The film version, produced in (1988), was written and directed by James Dearden. It stars Ben Kingsley, Charles Dance and Helen Mirren.The novel is set in a Greek island outpost of the Ottoman Empire in 1908. Basil Pascali is a spy who reports regularly to Constantinople on the activities of the local people. He expects to be found out at any moment. When an English archaeologist arrives on the island, Pascali is suspicious of him, and the archaeologist's involvement with the woman Pascali loves creates further tensions....
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