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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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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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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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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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Kevin Spacey was the third choice to play David Gale. George Clooney and Nicolas Cage both rejected the part. Nicolas Cage had the script and gave it to Parker, but was already busy with other projects. See more »

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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

Bitsey Bloom: You know you are in the bible belt when there are more churches than Starbucks.
Zack: When there are more prisons than Starbucks.
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Connections

References Dead Man Walking (1995) See more »

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China
(2003)
Written by King Orba (as King Orba), John Remark, Michael Corcoran
Performed by King Orba (as King Orba)
Courtesy of Personal Pleasure Records
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Very Underrated
26 September 2007 | by joaocruzferreiraSee 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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