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The Life of David Gale (2003)

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

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Barbara Kreuster
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Joe Mullarkey
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Margie
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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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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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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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Das Leben des David Gale  »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$19,593,740 (USA) (28 March 2003)
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2.35 : 1
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Alan Parker's two sons, Alexander Parker and Jake Parker composed the incidental music for the film. His younger son, Alex, composed and performed the end credits track. See more »

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Towards the end of the film, Sharon Gale, David's wife, receives the silver suitcase with the post card from Berlin in it. The postcard was mailed from San Francisco to Texas but has no postmark on it in the upper right hand corner as it should. See more »

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Berlin: [referring to her black panties] Rip them.
David Gale: Huh?
Berlin: Rip them off.
[Berlin then proceeds to take off David's pants, he then props her up on the bathroom sink and has sex with her]
Berlin: No, from behind.
[He thrusts into her hard from behind]
Berlin: Do it hard.
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Features The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) See more »

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La Peña Huasteca
(2001)
Written by Rafael Samperio, Willy Samperio
Performed by Correo Aereo
Courtesy of Correo Aereo
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Very Underrated
26 September 2007 | by (Lisbon, Portugal) – See all my reviews

Directed by the legendary Sir Alan Parker, this is the story of David Gale, a University of Texas professor of philosophy against capital punishment who is accused of murdering a fellow activist and is sent to death row.

Kevin Spacey and Laura Linney deliver great performances in the flashbacks. This movie is by far one of Spacey's strongest performances, he is always very subtle and insightful portraying David Gale. Laura Linney really makes a name for herself in this motion picture, she's as consistently complex and likable here as she is in "Primal Fear" and "You Can Count on Me". Kate Winslet, however, has problems in carefully crafting her character. She's called upon to cry about four or five times in this film and each time she does so, the action unfortunately rings more and more false. Other than that, she is average. Meanwhile, Gabriel Mann, Leon Rippy and Matt Craven also provide colorful backdrops to the story at hand with their credible supporting characters.

"The Life of David Gale" is a film that had a great opportunity to create controversy about the death penalty. Unfortunately, it is excessively underrated by critics, despite being nominated for the Human Rights Award from the Political Film Society and being present at the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival.

Sad and stunning. 8/10


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