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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:
... Bitsey Bloom
... Barbara Kreuster
Constance Jones ... Reporter A.J. Roberts
... David Gale
... Constance Harraway
Lee Ritchey ... Joe Mullarkey
... Zack Stemmons
... Dusty Wright
... Motel Waitress
Cindy Waite ... Margie
... Duke Grover
... Braxton Belyeu
Jesse De Luna ... Supervising Guard
Vernon Grote ... Door Guard
... 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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21 February 2003 (USA)  »

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Das Leben des David Gale  »

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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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Alan Parker: briefly appears during the party scene at the beginning of the film - he is seen helping himself to some food. See more »

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At the end when Kate Winslet receives the Fed Ex box she opens it easily from the end. Fed Ex boxes have pull tabs that you pull to open, and if you decide you want to open the box at the end it is not as easy as she made it look. See more »

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Bitsey Bloom: Of course he sympathizes with murderers... he is one!
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Another Bleeding Heart
(2003)
Written by Alex Parker
Performed by Alex Parker
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Wow
23 February 2003 | by See all my reviews

"The Life of David Gale" is a terrific thriller and is one of the best of 2003. Despite going to this movie through the worst date of my life... shudder, I still have nightmares, this movie was the silver lining. I was very excited to see this movie because it has such an awesome actor, obviously Kevin Spacey and then a great actress Kate Winslet.

This political thriller keeps you on the edge of your seat and keeps you guessing what's going to happen next. Wither you're for or against or undecided about the death penalty, this movie gets to you and keeps you thinking after wards about our justice system in the United States. David Gale is an accused murderer on death row, his last few days he requests to be interviewed by Bitsey Bloom, a journalist who likes to keep her mouth shut even when she shouldn't. He tells her his incredible story about from being one of the most respected men in Texas to one of the most hated for being accused of rape.

"No one sees a person when they look through that glass, they see a murderer and a rapist three days shy of his execution". Is he guilty or not? Trying to figure this out in the story you jump to your own conclusion, this man has been accused of rape, murder, he's lost his family and friends. Take away everything and find out if people just overlook cases or if we should judge the first minute we hear one side of the story. The Life of David Gale is an amazing story that will keep you interested. Just trust me, it's a great movie. I can even watch it without having nightmares about my horrific date. :) OK, just watch it.

10/10


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