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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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Barbara Kreuster
Constance Jones ...
Reporter A.J. Roberts
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Lee Ritchey ...
Joe Mullarkey
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Motel Waitress
Cindy Waite ...
Margie
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Jesse De Luna ...
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Storyline

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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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

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$252,944 (Spain) (6 June 2003)

Gross:

$205,747 (South Africa) (13 June 2003)
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Trivia

The scene where Gale is drunk in downtown Austin (6th street) was somewhat improvised and shot with two lights and a camera. "Most of those people aren't extras," Alan Parker said to an audience at the University of Washington. See more »

Goofs

Huntsville Texas is about four hours away from Austin Texas, yet Bitsy drives back and forth between the two several times during the film and is able to make her 3:00pm meeting time with David in the prison. See more »

Quotes

Braxton Belyeu: I'm no more afraid of the Grim Reaper than I am of a Presbyterian on Mother's Day.
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References The Eiger Sanction (1975) See more »

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23 May 2003 | by (Victoria, Australia) – See all my reviews

This film has been totally underrated. It has a strong and intrigueing storyline and a powerful cast. Kevin Spacey is brilliant as David Gale, a capital punishment activist convicted of murdering a fellow activist (Laura Linney). Kate Winslet has such a strong presence and extreme intensity throughout the movie. For me Kate's performance enhanced the film.I personally rate this very highly, 9/10.


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