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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.

Director:

Alan Parker
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Winslet ... Bitsey Bloom
Cleo King ... Barbara Kreuster
Constance Jones Constance Jones ... Reporter A.J. Roberts
Kevin Spacey ... David Gale
Laura Linney ... Constance Harraway
Lee Ritchey Lee Ritchey ... Joe Mullarkey
Gabriel Mann ... Zack Stemmons
Matt Craven ... Dusty Wright
Brandy Little ... Motel Waitress
Cindy Waite Cindy Waite ... Margie
Jim Beaver ... Duke Grover
Leon Rippy ... Braxton Belyeu
Jesse De Luna Jesse De Luna ... Supervising Guard
Vernon Grote Vernon Grote ... Door Guard
Rhona Mitra ... Berlin
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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.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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USA | Germany | UK | Spain

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

21 February 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Leben des David Gale See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,117,225, 23 February 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$19,593,740, 30 March 2003

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,971,092, 6 November 2003
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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The commercial and critical failure of this film effectively ended Alan Parker's career. Despite various attempts he was unable to raise the necessary funding for any further projects and never directed again. In 2016 Parker officially announced his retirement from the film industry. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie when the pickup truck swerves around the girl, the tire squealing sounds like the road surface is asphalt, when it clearly is dirt and gravel. See more »

Quotes

Berlin: Did I tell you that when you were circumcised they threw away the wrong part?
David Gale: Yes, I believe you mentioned it. It's called schmuck.
Berlin: What?
David Gale: Part of the foreskin they throw away after circumcision, I believe it is called schmuck.
Berlin: Aren't we so fucking clever.
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Features The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) 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 warren-johnstoneSee 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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