Life of David Gale

Directed By: Alan Parker Starring: Kevin Spacey Laura Linney

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Suspenseful journey into deadly conspiracy and murderous deception begins when a respected professor, who may or may not be guilty is charged with a brutal crime. The final twist will blow you away.


Studio Universal
SKU 40223330
UPC 025192198625
UPC 14 00025192198625
Format DVD
Release Date 9/1/2015
Rating Rating
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Gale (Kevin Spacey) is a Texas professor and anti-death penalty activist who, ironically enough, winds up on death row for the rape and murder of a colleague. Kate Winslet plays Bitsey Bloom, the brave journalist who sets out to tell to his story. In the days leading up to his execution, Gale fills her in on his life via flashbacks, which include political debates, lectures, sex with a student, rape allegations, alcoholism, divorce, and despair. As the hour of his doom approaches, Bitsey becomes convinced that Gale is the victim of a shadowy political conspiracy and races against the clock to prove his innocence.^Director Alan Parker (MISSISSIPPI BURNING) manages to deliver a strong anti-capital punishment message alongside enough twists, turns and shocking moments to keep viewers perched at the edges of their seats. Winslet and Spacey are both riveting in the leads, but its Laura Linney as Gale's alleged victim--a fellow anti-capital punishment activist and close friend--who makes the biggest impression. Gabriel Mann also scores points in a sympathetic role as Bitsey's intern. Nicholas Cage served as the film's producer. The musical score is by Parker's two sons, Jake and Alex.
Alan Parker
Kevin Spacey
Laura Linney
Cast & Crew
Kate Winslet - Actor
Kevin Spacey - Actor
Laura Linney - Actor
Leon Rippy - Actor
Matt Craven - Actor
Rhona Mitra - Actor
Gabriel Mann - Actor
Michael Seresin - Cinematographer
Alan Parker - Director
Gerry Hambling - Editor
Alan Parker - Producer
Nicolas Cage - Producer
Charles Randolph - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2003
Catalog ID 21986
UPC 00025192198625
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 131 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
ReviewSource San Francisco Examiner
Review First-time screenwriter Charles Randolph has figured out a way to combine his message movie with a more generic race-against-time thriller. And while the combination provides a kind of novelty that works for a while, it ultimately falls apart and lays bare its true essence: that of a mediocre message movie combined with a mediocre race-against-time thriller.
Reviewer Jeffrey M. Anderson
ReviewRating 5
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review Director Alan Parker has a solid resume, with movies like The Commitments and Angela's Ashes dotting it. He will not be ashamed to add The Life of David Gale to that filmography. 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. It doesn't hurt that it ponders the same questions that many people privately consider concerning the Death Penalty - and that it doesn't insult us by pretending to have a better answer than the one each of us has privately reached.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Widescreen, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Spanish, French
Product Attributes
Actor Spacey,Kevin
Label Mca Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
John Venable, While it won't win any awards, it's mildly clever and entertaining...even while being a bit annoying.

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