• The Life of David Gale (2003)

The Life of David Gale

Release Date: February 21st, 2003

DVD Release Date: July 22nd, 2003

R |2 hr 10 min

Plot Summary

David Gale (Kevin Spacey) is a man who has tried hard to live by his principles but in a bizarre twist of fate, this devoted father, popular professor and respected death penalty opponent finds himself on Death Row for the rape and murder of fellow activist Constance Hallaway (Laura Linney). With only three days before his scheduled execution, Gale agrees to give reporter Bitsey Bloom (Kate Winslet) the exclusive interview she's been chasing.

Cast: Kevin Spacey, Kate Winslet, Laura Linney, Gabriel Mann, Matt Craven, Rhona Mitra, Leon Rippy, Elizabeth Gast

Director: Alan Parker

Genres: Drama , Thriller

Production Co: Saturn Films, InterMedia Film Equities Ltd.

Distributors: Universal Pictures

Keywords: Suspenseful, Prison, Murder, Mystery, 2000s, Pursuit, Fall

Ratings & Reviews

  • 0
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    Unlike "Dead Man Walking" and many honorable dramas before it, "David Gale" has nothing coherent to say about capital punishment, or anything else. It's a dead film lurching.

  • 75
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    The picture is neither flawless nor foolproof, but it's smart and tight enough to keep audiences off-balance and entertained for the running length. show more

  • 63
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    By turns brilliant and simplistic, moving and preposterous, the movie takes one of the ultimate hot-button American issues -- the morality of capital punishment -- and dissolves it into a volatile mix of psychological thriller and socio-political fable. show more

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