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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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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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The crime is clear. The truth is not.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

21 February 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Life of David Gale See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,117,225, 23 February 2003

Gross USA:

$19,955,598

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$38,955,598
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Constance mentions Illinois' death penalty moratorium, which went into effect in 2000. However, she died in 1994. See more »

Quotes

David Gale: Fantasies have to be unrealistic because the moment, the second that you get what you seek, you don't, you can't want it anymore. In order to continue to exist, desire must have its objects perpetually absent. It's not the "it" that you want, it's the fantasy of "it." So, desire supports crazy fantasies. This is what Pascal means when he says that we are only truly happy when daydreaming about future happiness. Or why we say the hunt is sweeter than the kill. Or be careful what you wish for. ...
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References Halloween (1978) See more »

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Just to Hear Your Voice
(1993)
Written by Monte Warden
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Loved it
26 August 2018 | by Bored_DragonSee all my reviews

Although it is not as unpredictable as they wanted it to be, it is a great movie that leaves strong impressions. I wouldn't expect anything less from a movie with Kevin Spacey in leading role.

8,5/10


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