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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbara Kreuster
Constance Jones ...
Reporter A.J. Roberts
Lee Ritchey ...
Joe Mullarkey
Motel Waitress
Cindy Waite ...
Jesse De Luna ...
Supervising Guard
Vernon Grote ...
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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The crime is clear. The truth is not.


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

21 February 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das Leben des David Gale  »

Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$19,593,740 (USA) (28 March 2003)

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Did You Know?


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 »


Constance mentions Illinois' death penalty moratorium, which went into effect in 2000. However, she died in 1994. See more »


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The Life Of David Gale
12 October 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is one of the only films I've seen which tackles the widespread problem of false-rape accusations, showing just how easily such accusations can be made, the often trivial reasons behind them and the ruins of lives that can be left behind when they are made. Few people know or want to know just how commonplace such accusations are made, and how many men have had their lives destroyed on the whims of a bored, angry, or mentally unstable person. Most people would rather continue to believe such things never happen, and that 'a woman wouldn't make up something like that'. But, as one of the characters in the film says, "When it comes to rape, an accusation's as good as a conviction: it sticks like sh*t".

I wasn't expecting any of that going in, so was fascinated & moved at the attention and compassion given to mens lives and humanity in this film. I knew, of course, that a twist was coming, and I dreaded that the only twist it could be was that the Spacey character was going to be 'guilty' (in some way) after all. I saw this rumbling over the horizon right from the first 5 minutes but hoped it would turn out to be something more original, instead of another Basic Instinct or Jagged Edge.

And in fact it was, and the way it makes sense of what has gone before gives one much to ponder on afterwards, about convictions and morality and self-sacrifice. It works because you realise the film is about something other than you thought it was only at the very end.

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Critique from Roger Ebert Congo39
The ending nullifies the entire point the film was trying to make. the-twist
So Gale basically committed...... jami1331
Is this movie pro- or anti- death penalty? ts_flanders
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