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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.

Genres:

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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Color

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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

After Gale puts his son to bed he feeds his fish. Before he feeds them you can see food floating down from a previous take. See more »

Quotes

Bitsey Bloom: Of course he sympathizes with murderers... he is one!
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References Larry King Live (1985) See more »

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Richest One
(1993)
Written by Bill Carter
Performed by Toni Price
Courtesy of Antone's Records / Texas Music Group
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Not perfect but emotionally riveting
23 February 2003 | by Rogue-32See all my reviews

If you're a fan of Kevin Spacey's, you will not be let down by "The Life of David Gale." Do not read reviews. Do not watch stuff about it on television. Just go see it and experience it for yourself. It's not a perfect film by any stretch (as many, MANY critics have been pointing out), but it does grab you and it does deliver.


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