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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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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Trivia

Noah Truesdale (Jamie Gale) went on to play rugby at Reed College. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Constance Harraway: The TA just finished transcribing all the governor's radio and TV comments. Listen to this gem: Journalist - "Governor, don't you think three executions in one week is a little excessive?" Governor - "I say let's bring them in, strap them down, and rock and roll."
David Gale: Oh, it's good to know our governor is in touch with his inner frat boy.
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References Dead Man Walking (1995) See more »

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Cottonmouth
(2002)
Written by Michael Crow
Performed by Grand Champeen
Courtesy of glurp
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Smart story-telling with twists, great acting yet shoddy tempo
9 October 2007 | by pivicSee all my reviews

Twisting and turning, this film uses great actors and direction for an interesting story: is David Gale, staunch opponent of the death penalty, guilty of rape and murder? Kate Winslet plays a journalist who is to interview Gale three days prior to his execution on the fourth. One follows Gale's story as he tells it, and it wavers from heart-wrenching to horrid, exciting to sluggish. Is the man guilty or innocent? Will the journalist unveil anything? And who's the cowboy? I really liked the film, much because of Alan Parker's special sense of pathos, but also because of the very good acting and radiant story. If it weren't for the shoddy sense of tempo, I'd say this film would deserve a place next to "The Usual Suspects", in a weird way.


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