The Life of David Gale

The Life of David Gale

La Vie De David Gale

DVD - 2003 | Widescreen version.
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David Gale was an active member of Deathwatch, an anti-capital punishment activist group. Constance is a fellow Deathwatch activist. When Constance is found raped and murdered, Gale is convicted of the crime. Now Gale awaits execution, and with less than a week before his date with the fatal injection, Gale agrees to tell his story to Bitsy, a nervy journalist from a major newsmagazine. As she discusses the facts of the murder with Gale, it occurs to her that the details simply doesn't add up. Soon a mysterious stranger begins to slip evidence to her that suggests Gale has been framed.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal, [2003].
Edition: Widescreen version.
ISBN: 9780783268781
0783268785
Branch Call Number: LIFE
Characteristics: 1 DVD (130 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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eusebius
Apr 15, 2018

Total crap. Kate Winslet knows 50 ways of looking anguished and uses them all, while Kevin Spacey (now an unperson in H'wood, which doesn't bother me at all) looks bored, degenerate and cunning by turns. Only Laura Linney--the only reason I watched it--comes away with any degree of building a character. The story is unbelievable.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 22, 2017

The Life of David Gale is an awesome movie for mystery-genre lovers. It explores the life of David Gale, originally a University professor but ends up four days before death’s row. He was a leader of Deathwatch, an organization in Texas against capital punishment, but was condemned for a rape and a murder. He retells his life to a journalist, who finds out the truth at the very end. The beginning was slow, but the ending contained many plot twists and an incredible truth. I would recommend this film to anyone who enjoys the mystery-genre, although there are some disturbing scenes of nudity. This film was very well thought out and keeps the viewer guessing throughout the movie. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and would definitely watch it again someday. I rate this movie 4/5 stars.
- @IllusiveBarrel of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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jimg2000
Jun 06, 2017

A film that picked on the well-honed death row machine in the state of Texas but with a very busy final dozen minutes that transform it to a thrilling mystery with multiple twists. (Oddly, critics panned this film precisely because of the final dozen minutes that changed the film's scope and direction dramatically!) A rare movie that was both serious and entertaining at the same time.

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gosselil
Sep 03, 2013

Intense. I wasn't sure I could keep watching till the end. Glad I did. Was not expecting it.

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Kritter408
Oct 26, 2011

Very good movie. Sucks you in from the very beginning and leaves you guessing through out the whole movie and the ending gives you the greatest surprise of all! A+ all the way!

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meaganpeters4
Aug 27, 2010

Incredible! Spacey is one of Hollywood's greatest actors, paired with Winslet - this film is the best suspense thriller I have seen in a very long time!

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felina
Aug 24, 2010

I was enjoying the movie very much until the end.

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joseph
Jan 10, 2009

Fair - The Life of David Gale (2003) 130 min. with Kevin Stacey, Laura Linney and Kate Winslet. The film excels in acting, pace and an interesting screenplay. How this film bombs is how the crime is resolved. Ridiculous!!! To spend over 2 hours watching a pretty entertaining film and seeing an ending like this made me throw my precious remote at the televion (thank goodness, my aim sucks).

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matcat44
Dec 30, 2008

Even though we had seen this movie some years ago, it was good enough to watch again, especially since we didn't remember the ending.

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Sharmink
Aug 08, 2008

What people will do for a cause they believe in. This movie really gets you at the end. Kevin Spacey is always fabulous.

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jimg2000
Jun 06, 2017

Many quotes in IMDb, but not these "pick on Texas" ones:
Well, ma'am, this is not France. This is not Germany. This is Texas, and we're gonna follow Texas law.
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All executions in the state of Texas... occur over at our Huntsville unit downtown... but death row is here for the time being. This is home to all 442 offenders prior to their date. Average stay on row is nine years. Now, some get commuted, but most get put to death.
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Can't we just admit that the capital punishment system in this country is not working? We are condemning people to death based on phony expert testimony... on junk science, on-on jail house snitches...
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The people of Texas are not deterred. We're still solidly behind the death penalty because it works. The system cannot be blamed for the acts of one deranged individual with an ax to grind. And people have been put to death in the name of this justice.! Let's not throw the baby out with the bath water, folks.

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