The Life of David Gale

The Life of David Gale

Director: Alan Parker Cast: Kevin Spacey, Kate Winslet, Laura Linney


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The mystery of one man's guilt or innocence literally becomes a matter of life and death in this drama. David Gale (Kevin Spacey) was the head of the philosophy department at Austin University and the author of several well-regarded books; he was also an active and visible member of Deathwatch, an anti-capital punishment activist group. One of Gale's best friends was Constance Harraway (Laura Linney), a fellow Deathwatch activist with whom he became especially close, particularly since Gale's wife, Sharon (Elizabeth Gast), who had taken a lover in Spain, was usually absent. One night, Gale was seduced by an attractive student from his class, Berlin (Rhona Mitra), who had too much to drink; later, the remorseful student accused Gale of rape. While Gale was eventually cleared of the charges, the negative publicity cost him his career as an educator, and with no job and no wife, Gale turned to drink. When Harraway was found raped and murdered a few years later, Gale was charged with the crime, and convicted despite the best efforts of his well-meaning but ineffectual lawyer Braxton Belyeu (Leon Rippy). Now Gale awaits execution, and less than a week before his date with the fatal injection, Gale agrees to tell his story to Bitsey Bloom (Kate Winslet), a nervy journalist from a major newsmagazine, who arrives with her assistant, Zack Stemmons (Gabriel Mann). As Bloom discusses the facts of the Harraway murder with Gale, it occurs to her that the details simply don't add up, and soon a mysterious stranger slips evidence to her that suggests Gale has been framed -- leaving Bloom and Stemmons only a few days to solve the mystery and save Gale from the executioner. The Life of David Gale was co-produced by actor Nicolas Cage, who originally commissioned the script and intended to star in the film before prior commitments led him to hand the project over to director Alan Parker.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/08/2015
UPC: 0025192231636
Original Release: 2003
Rating: R
Source: Universal Studios
Time: 2:11:00

Special Features

Deleted scenes with optional director's commentary The making of The Life Of David Gale The music of The Life Of David Gale Feature commentary with direcor Alan Parker

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kevin Spacey Dr. Gale
Kate Winslet Bitsey Bloom
Laura Linney Constance Harraway
Gabriel Mann Zack Stemmons
Matt Craven Dusty Wright
Leon Rippy Braxton Belyeu
Elizabeth Gast Sharon Gale
Cleo King Barbara Kreuster
Constance Bridges Jones A. J. Roberts
Lee Ritchey Joe Mullarkey
Michael Crabtree Gov. Hardin
Rhona Mitra Berlin
Jim Beaver Duke Grover
Donald Braswell TV Tenor
Barbara Petricini Buxton TV Reporter
Julio Cedillo Officer Ramirez
Chuck Cureau Greer
David Dahl TV Reporter
Nick Dawson Interviewee
Jesse De Luna Supervising Guard
Asia DeMarcos TV Reporter
Chris Drewy Radio Shed Executive
Pilar Ferreiro Barcelona Neighbor
Steve Flanagin Interviewee
Mike Fontaine TV Assistant Director
Patrick Fries News Cameraman
Amparo Garcia TV Reporter
Jeff Gibbs Josh
Joan Gispert Guillermo
Jack Gould Chaplain
Vernon Grote Door Guard
Jennifer Halverson College Girl
George Haynes Interviewee
Sean Hennigan Ross
James Huston Death Watch Chief/TV Reporter
Kathrine James Beth
Julia Kay-Laskowski TV Soprano
Janis Kelly Liù
Julia LaShae New Homeowner
Kathy Lamkin Interviewee
Justin Lavender Calaf
Evelyn Lindsey Interviewee
Brandy Little Motel Waitress
Gwyn Little Religious Woman
Katie Lott Berlin's Classmate
Robert Lott Bullhorn Protester
Lynn Mathis Warden
Melissa McCarthy Goth Girl "Nico"
T.J. McFarland Interviewee
Catenya McHenry TV Reporter
Christopher Meister Officer Hasermann
Cindy Michelle Constance's Doctor
Maurice Moore Belyeu's Clerk
Ampero Moreno Sharon's Maid
Rick Morrow Section 1835 Guard
Brian Orr TV Reporter
Claudia Parker Mail Girl
Marco Perella TV Host
Matthew Posey Inmate Cook
Katina Potts Rosie
Mark Richardson Timur
Charles Sanders John
Brenda Sendejo Belyeu's Assistant
Kirk Sisco TV Reporter
Cassandra L. Small TV Reporter
Cliff Stephens University President
Kimberly Tortorice Grad Student
Noah Truesdale Jamie Gale
Oliver Tull TV Reporter
Michelle Valen TV Reporter
Mark Voges Bullhorn Protester
Cindy Waite Margie
Chris Warner Hospital Orderly
Jack Watkins Photographer
Katherine Willis Bullhorn Protester
Larissa Wolcott Babysitter
Tanya Zieger TV Reporter
Nick Ingman Conductor

Technical Credits
Alan Parker Director,Producer
Edward J. Adcock Camera Operator
Steve Arnold Art Director
Jo Edna Boldin Casting
Moritz Borman Co-producer,Executive Producer
Nicolas Cage Producer
Yves de Bono Special Effects Supervisor
Guy East Executive Producer
Jann K. Engel Set Decoration/Design
Howard Feuer Casting
Norm Golightly Executive Producer
Kenny Gorrell Special Effects
Gerry Hambling Editor
Philip Hardage Asst. Director
K.C. Hodenfield Asst. Director
John Hubbard Casting
Renee Ehrlich Kalfus Costumes/Costume Designer
Geoffrey Kirkland Production Designer
Jack Lynch Special Effects
Silvia Menendez-Cauche Casting
Mill Special Effects
Sarah Monzani Makeup
Lisa Moran Co-producer
Jeff Okabayashi Asst. Director
Jake Parker Score Composer
Alex Parker Score Composer
Mike Proudfoot Camera Operator
Charles Randolph Screenwriter
Michael Seresin Cinematographer
Daniel J. Shaw Asst. Director
Elizabeth Shelton Costumes/Costume Designer
Nigel Sinclair Executive Producer
Brian Steward Asst. Director
Julia Taylor Casting
Juliet Taylor Casting
Jennifer Williams Art Director,Set Decoration/Design

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The Life of David Gale 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I gave The Life of David Gale 4 stars because it had to be one of the most suspenseful and exciting films I have ever seen. However, it didn't earn the 5th star because of the rather flawed message that it communicates. The movie gives the impression that anti-capital punishment workers are just as cold and calculated as the murderers they attempt to protect. And this is not true considering the fact that most anti-death penalty activists work with humane and moral intentions. This film falsely transforms them into blinded extremists.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most insightful, well-made, and talent-filled movie I have seen in years.I hope a certain texas politician sees it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A truly wonderful movie,very insightful and destined to be a classic. It is superbly filmed with an intricate story interwoven with lots of very good acting, Kevin Spacey once again never dissapoints. I will be purchasing this for my home collection, I only wish I could watch it for the first time all over again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
That is the joy of this movie. Originally it seemed like a run of the mill anti-right, anti-death penalty movie. Its many layered story, though, exposed the evils of both sets of activists, and the excellent script and direction avoid alienating filmgoers on both sides of the issue. Well chosen actors & skillfully drawn characters make this film a must see.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie kicked a**. I was totally surprised by the ending. Laura Linny,Kevin Spacey and Kate Winslet did a wonderful job protraying these people. It had your head spinning and wanting more,I loved the story-line and how everything was explained. It left you knowing all of the answers and no questions. I really recommend this movie to all. Not a good one for children. But a good Drama for adults.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like Kevin Spacey then this is a movie for you. The other major players, Kate Winslet and Laura Linney, do a very fine job in their roles. The plot shows the differing viewpoints in the capital punishment arena and does it quite well.
Phil_In_Seattle More than 1 year ago
This was recommended by a friend, I was determined to watch the whole movie as that is the only way to give it a decent review! The intensity and suspense was dramatic and controlling! Too graphic for my taste but it got the point accross as to what lengths that factions will go to to prove a point! The Death sentice IS Stupid! The only redeming points are how well it was acted out, great performances even though I could say I could not enjoy the movie!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was absolutely incredible! Kevin Spacey does a fantastic job on portraying David Gale. This movie was filled with so much drama there were points where I couldn't handle it. Laura Linney shines as she grips your heart. You will absolutely love this film, its wonderful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First it just appears as an arguable message against death penalty. In fact it goes way further: apearances, human beings, their failures. Then appears a murder: where is or are the truthes? Who's the culprit? Is he a culprit? Murder or suicide or both of them? The films talks about different ways to give death.. Anther question arises: Does a brilliant mind make somebody so difficult to reach that he or she is unable to be happy? I think it is a great Alan Parker's film, much more complex than it first seems. All actors act right without exageration. A great performance. Why not five stars: same reason as written by another viewer, too many too evident reference to death penalty and its political issue.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We had no expectations other thsn knowing Kevin Spacey was great. He exceeded all expectations. The story line was awesoime. We lefgt the theater wanting more, more and more.
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