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The Life of David Gale (7-Feb-2003)

Director: Alan Parker

Writer: Charles Randolph

Keywords: Drama, Prison, Death Row

An anti-death penalty activist is sent to death row after he is accused of murdering a compatriot.

ABSTRACT
University of Texas professor David Gale, an advocate of death penalty abolition in a fervently pro-capital punishment state, is convicted of the rape and murder of a colleague and compatriot in the anti-death penalty cause and sent to death row. Told through a series of flashbacks and interviews with reporter Bitsey Bloom, The Life of David Gale is a character piece examining flaws in the justice system and its ultimate punishment through the eyes of one man caught in the process.

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NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Jim Beaver
Actor
12-Aug-1950   Ellsworth on Deadwood
Matt Craven
Actor
10-Nov-1956   Jacob's Ladder
Laura Linney
Actor
5-Feb-1964   Meryl in The Truman Show
Gabriel Mann
Actor
14-May-1972   Dying to Live
Melissa McCarthy
Actor
26-Aug-1970   Sookie St. James on Gilmore Girls
Rhona Mitra
Actor
9-Aug-1976   Tara on The Practice
Leon Rippy
Actor
30-Oct-1949   Earl on Saving Grace
Kevin Spacey
Actor
26-Jul-1959   The Usual Suspects
Kate Winslet
Actor
5-Oct-1975   Titanic

REVIEWS

Review by banion48 (posted on 4-Apr-2005)

Life can change so quickly, leaving us with either endless options or the last, fatal decision. How will you spend your death? The Life of David Gale is a story of just that question. Professor Gale (Kevin Spacey) was an educated and entertaining philosophy adjunct who simultaneously worked for Death Watch, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending the death penalty in Texas. His closest friend and ally in this fight is Constance (Laura Linney); and he killed her in a horrific fashion. Ironically, Gale is now on Death Row for her brutal murder and has dedicated the last three days before his execution to telling the tragic story of his life to reporter Bitsey Bloom (Kate Winslet). An emotional and unique film about the psychology, mystery and power of death.


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