The Life of David Gale 2003

The Life of David Gale

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Instead of offering a convincing argument against the death penalty, this implausible, convoluted thriller pounds the viewer over the head with its message.

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User Ratings: 60,936

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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 & Crew

Kevin Spacey
David Gale
Kate Winslet
Elizabeth "Bitsey" Bloom
Laura Linney
Constance Harraway
Leon Rippy
Braxton Belyeu
Cleo King
Barbara Kreuster
Constance Jones
Reporter A.J. Roberts
Michael Seresin
Director of Photography
Geoffrey Kirkland
Production Designer
Gerry Hambling
Film Editor
Renee Ehrlich Kalfus
Costume Designer
Moritz Borman
Executive Producer
Guy East
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for The Life of David Gale

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Audience Reviews for The Life of David Gale

  • Jun 29, 2011
    the twist was just idiotic and when someone is investigating the truth surely David Gale would have realised this. playing out like a made for tv movie you won't find anythng overly interesting here.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • May 26, 2011
    The critic community seemed hell-bound to pin down this movie as one belonging to the trash bag. The story about anti-capital-punishment activist David Gale, deals with an unpleasant issue, kind of an issue that no one really want to know the answer of. The film may have failed in terms of moral grounds in the eyes of its detractors, may be a reason why it has gotten so much bad press. But, this is also the story of a man whose life just went off the rails for all the wrong reasons, who wants to do something for the world before he leaves. In that perspective, this was a decent enough flick or even, I dare say rather inspiring. That being said, the movie is not without it's glitches. A not so challenging role for Kate Winslet considering her abilities, occasionally flawed narrative and an annoying background score which did'nt seem to connect anyway to the premise of the movie.
    Sajin P Super Reviewer
  • Jun 27, 2010
    Although the film definitely could have been better made and the writing could have been better as well, I enjoyed this movie. The main actors are some of my favorites and I thought the story was good, especially the twist at the end.
    Sarah P Super Reviewer
  • Jun 24, 2010
    A disclaimer is in order. This reviewer is ethically and vehemently opposed to the death penalty, and has been for several years. That said, this is an over the top, extremely manipulative film that annoyed on so many levels, that this viewer is forced to admit he hated the story. Yet, because of the incredible acting job by Kate Winslet, as the reporter, Bitsy Bloom, Kevin Spacey as the titular David Gale, and Laura Linney as the murdered activist, Connie Harraway, because of the relentless tension of the script, and the fine job by the supporting actors, he is forced to give it a grudging four stars. What is truly amazing is that this viewer had figured out the "mystery" in the first reel, and still found the tension to be palpable. One other surprise. There is nudity in this film. The surprise is that it isn't Kate who gets naked!
    Mark A Super Reviewer

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