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The Life of David Gale (2003)

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A man against capital punishment is accused of murdering a fellow activist and is sent to death row.

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Reporter A.J. Roberts
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Lee Ritchey ...
Joe Mullarkey
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Jesse De Luna ...
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When anti-death-penalty activist David Gale is convicted and condemned to death for the murder of a colleague, reporter Bitsey Bloom sets out to learn the story behind Gale's crime. What she finds challenges her belief in Gale's guilt and, finally, in the justice system. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The crime is clear. The truth is not.

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Rated R for violent images, nudity, language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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21 February 2003 (USA)  »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)

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$7,117,225 (USA) (21 February 2003)

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$19,593,740 (USA) (28 March 2003)
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The diner scene on the morning after Bloom and Stemmons arrive in Texas was originally shot at a different diner. During the original shooting, they were hit by a tornado and the cast and crew had to huddle together in the kitchen until the tornado passed overhead. See more »

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When Constance is telling David he's on sabbatical, she says, "It was four to two," but her mouth is not moving at all. See more »

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Berlin: There once was a girl named Berlin. Who wanted it now and again. Not "now and again". But Now! And again and again and again.
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References Dead Man Walking (1995) See more »

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Sand
(1966)
Written by Lee Hazlewood
Performed by Einstürzende Neubauten
Courtesy of Thirsty Ear Recordings / Some Bizarre, Ltd.
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An extremely thought provoking movie
18 October 2004 | by (Townsville, Australia) – See all my reviews

Kevin Spacey stars as David Gale, a life long campaigner against the death penalty finds himself on death row after being found guilty of the rape and murder of a fellow anti-execution campaigner. Kate Winslet is the reporter who interviews Gale during his last three days and she is convinced of his guilt and need to be executed, but as she interviews Gale she begins to question his guilt.

This was a great story very well told without deteriorating into a 'execution is wrong' lecture. And as usual, Kevin Spacey's performance is fantastic. Because of the twists and the amount of after-thought it provoked, I give 'The Life of David Gale' 8/10.


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The ending nullifies the entire point the film was trying to make. the-twist
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