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The Life of David Gale (Widescreen Edition)
The Life of David Gale
Widescreen Edition
Actors: Kevin Spacey, Kate Winslet, Laura Linney, Vernon Grote, Constance Jones
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
R     2003     2hr 10min


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Actors: Kevin Spacey, Kate Winslet, Laura Linney, Vernon Grote, Constance Jones
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Universal Studios
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned,Dubbed,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 07/22/2003
Original Release Date: 02/21/2003
Theatrical Release Date: 02/21/2003
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 2hr 10min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 5
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English, French, Spanish, French, Spanish
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Member Movie Reviews

Sheryl B. (Momof2boys)
Reviewed on 6/11/2010...
I absolutely loved the story line and acting in this movie. Even though I don't necessarily agree with the politics portrayed by the characters, I found this movie to be riveting. Kate Winslet and Kevin Spacey give amazing performances, and I absolutely did not expect the plot twist at the very end. Usually I am checking the time throughout a movie this long (2 hours 11 minutes), but this movie was gripping.
5 of 5 member(s) found this review helpful.
Deborah A. from SARASOTA, FL
Reviewed on 4/20/2010...
This was a difficult movie to watch as it was about the death penalty in Texas - not an easy subject. But the acting and story line were riveting with an unexpected twist at the end. Good show! And lots to think about.
3 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
Dixie K. (kona-dixy) from KAILUA KONA, HI
Reviewed on 6/24/2009...
Weeks after I first saw this movie, I am still thinking about it. How far would I go to support a cause in which I believe strongly? The movie is a murder mystery, with lots of clues I did not get. I did not want to watch it again, but I will in order to get the subtleties and puzzle pieces I missed the first time. Using blatant stereotypes, this is also a propaganda movie against the death penalty, but that theme does not distract from the wonderful acting. Remember "Dead Man Walking?"
3 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
Anick L. from COLUMBIA, SC
Reviewed on 2/9/2009...
Excellent thriller. Kate Winslet and Kevin Spacey are superb. You won't figure this mystery out, guaranteed suspense! Highly recommended.
3 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

See the film before the reviewers barricade its effect
Grady Harp | Los Angeles, CA United States | 07/23/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"THE LIFE OF DAVID GALE is, I believe, a much better film than many fellow reviewers would indicate. Perhaps they are influenced by the reviews that came out in the media at the time of the film's theatrical release, perhaps the Editorial slam on the Product Page by Bret Fetzer taints opinion. I would urge you to see and/or buy this DVD, keep an open mind, and witness the effect on your own emotional response.Kevin Spacey fleshes out the title role as a believable philosophy professor who speaks against capital punishment in the state of Texas which just happens to be the place where more executions are performed than any other state. He is not without problems: alcohol, a drunken sexual relationship with a former student, and an awkward but deeply significant relationship with Constance (Laura Linney) who later when found 'murdered and raped' on videotape results in the arrest and conviction of Spacey's Gale, now facing death on death row. Laura Linney is most credible as a driven anti-death penalty activist for reasons we discover are beyond the range of civil rights reponsibilty. The third part of this triangle is the reporter brought in to investigate Gale's claim to innocence in the last four days of his wait on death row. Kate Winslet captures all the parameters of this contemporary woman with seamless detail. To tell more of the story would be injurious to the unfolding of this worthwhile drama. For a 2 hour plus movie THE LIFE OF DAVID GALE manages to hold our interest, encouraging us as viewers to keep our invetigatory eyes and ears open and struggle along with Winslet and her cohort to finally put together all the pieces of the puzzle. Others have complained that the clues are in every scene: isn't that true of most crime investigations? I see no fault in placing all the information in front of the audience to test the observation of the viewer as much as the skill of the screenwriter in resolving a case with the important message of this film. Alan Parker uses a lot of visual tricks in addressing the facts of the crime and even makes interesting parallels in the background music (the fairly obvious metaphor of TURANDOT arias by the presuicidal Liu appear repeatedly). In the end this story is on a par with DEAD MAN WALKING as far as a significant plea for anti-Capital Punishment voices. See it for yourself. The skills of actors like Kevin Spacey, Laura Linney, and Kate Winslet pledging belief in this script can't be ignored."
All who are for capital punishment ought to be hanged!
Shawna Ride | E. Essenne, Tennessee | 04/09/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)

"My review title is a joke I once heard, but it is a much less convoluted oxymoron than this movie! I give it three stars for its suspense through most of the plot, which makes it never boring, and for some compelling acting. But through twists that repeatedly undermine the story you thought you were buying into, the film ultimately becomes self-destructive. I've seen it said in various reviews that this movie promotes an anti- death penalty agenda. Well, it sure does seem to much of the way through. But in the end I found myself seriously asking if this film might really be a joke that those reviewers never caught on to. I can really see supporters of capital punishment getting the last laugh here, having a field day in the end, however much they might have been put out with what they perceived along the way as propoganda. After mulling over this movie for a while, I grew to feel a little pride in my never having been a strong zealot one way or another on the capital punishment issue. For the film certainly shows how zealots for a cause can become fanatics who contradict the very principles that attracted them to the cause in the first place. And that amply happens to death penalty opponents in this case. If death penalty advocates want to make a case that opponents are not morally grounded and will sell out their very principles in an effort to promote them, the opponents of the death penalty in this movie have played right into the hands of such criticism. The supposed heroes of this movie think they've won a definitive victory that can't be turned against them. But instead they have done the ultimate in turning of their own cause on its head, and give the other side more ammunition than ever. I'll get no more specific, to avoid spoilers. There is suspense enough here to keep your interest. Just don't expect it to make coherent sense in the end."
Wow, totally blown away. Thankyou Alan Parker*
doppelganger | Chicago | 02/26/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Under-The-Radar film that I put off watching for awhile, and finally, almost grudgingly watched. You think it's a journey into the mind of a seriel-killer or something, no. It's actually a brilliant movie as well as a 'taut' thriller.

Not what I expected at ALL. And it's just a Blow-you-away (with a brain) movie. We're lucky that solid people like Alan Parker don't care about political crap and just do what they love to do, make a good effing movie that makes you think a little. And even though it's totally gone by un-noticed, I'm glad he did it. And thankyou to the writer who gave a special gift in the writing.

Extremely well written by Charles Randolph (?-I think that's his last name) who brought a realistic acedemia feel to the Professor and brilliance to The Life of David Gale.

I don't want to give anything away, seriously just go rent it, buy it, or whatever, just see it. You won't be disappointed.