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The Life of David Gale (2003)

A man against capital punishment is accused of murdering a fellow activist and is sent to death row.

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Barbara Kreuster
Constance Jones ...
Reporter A.J. Roberts
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Lee Ritchey ...
Joe Mullarkey
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Cindy Waite ...
Margie
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Jesse De Luna ...
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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>

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The crime is clear. The truth is not.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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

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21 February 2003 (USA)  »

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Das Leben des David Gale  »

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Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,117,225 (USA) (23 February 2003)

Gross:

$19,593,740 (USA) (30 March 2003)
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Trivia

The scene where Gale is drunk in downtown Austin (6th street) was somewhat improvised and shot with two lights and a camera. "Most of those people aren't extras," Alan Parker said to an audience at the University of Washington. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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David Gale: We spend our whole life trying to stop death. Eating, inventing, loving, praying, fighting, killing. But what do we really know about death? Just that nobody comes back. Then there comes a point - a moment - in life when your mind outlives its desires, its obsessions, when your habits survive your dreams, and when your losses... Maybe death is a gift. You wonder. All I can tell you is that by this time tomorrow I'll be dead. I know when. I just cannot say why. You have 24 hours to find out.
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Features The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) See more »

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Cottonmouth
(2002)
Written by Michael Crow
Performed by Grand Champeen
Courtesy of glurp
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Kevin Spacey at his best and utmost - another one OSCAR performance
24 May 2003 | by (Moscow, Russia) – See all my reviews

Kevin Spacey deserves another one OSCAR nomination for this movie while supporting cast is not such creative except maybe Laura Linney.

Alan Parker is back with stunning material - provoking and sophisticated. This movie makes me think about world we live and life in general. I'm not an expert in capital punishment issue, but acting of Spacey is superb and deeply touching. This is not usual stupid Hollywood popcorn movie and thank You for that. My personal rating is 10 out of 10.


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