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
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Towards the end of the film, Sharon Gale, David's wife, receives the silver suitcase with the post card from Berlin in it. The postcard was mailed from San Francisco to Texas but has no postmark on it in the upper right hand corner as it should. See more »
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."
Oh, it's good to know our governor is in touch with his inner frat boy.
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This is one of the only films I've seen which tackles the widespread problem of false-rape accusations, showing just how easily such accusations can be made, the often trivial reasons behind them and the ruins of lives that can be left behind when they are made. Few people know or want to know just how commonplace such accusations are made, and how many men have had their lives destroyed on the whims of a bored, angry, or mentally unstable person. Most people would rather continue to believe such things never happen, and that 'a woman wouldn't make up something like that'. But, as one of the characters in the film says, "When it comes to rape, an accusation's as good as a conviction: it sticks like sh*t".
I wasn't expecting any of that going in, so was fascinated & moved at the attention and compassion given to mens lives and humanity in this film. I knew, of course, that a twist was coming, and I dreaded that the only twist it could be was that the Spacey character was going to be 'guilty' (in some way) after all. I saw this rumbling over the horizon right from the first 5 minutes but hoped it would turn out to be something more original, instead of another Basic Instinct or Jagged Edge.
And in fact it was, and the way it makes sense of what has gone before gives one much to ponder on afterwards, about convictions and morality and self-sacrifice. It works because you realise the film is about something other than you thought it was only at the very end.
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