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Format: DVD
Sku: 40223330
UPC: 025192198625
UPC 14: 00025192198625
Category Keywords: Crime  Murder  Prison  Theatrical Release
Rating: Game Rating Code
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The crime is clear. The truth is not.
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.

"While it won't win any awards, it's mildly clever and entertaining...even while being a bit annoying.  John Venable, Supercala.com

Editor's 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.

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Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Spanish, French

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal
Video Release Date Release Date: 12/28/2004
Video Play Time Running Time: 131 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2003
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 21986
Video UPC UPC: 00025192198625
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 2.35:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Kate Winslet
Video Cast Info Kevin Spacey
Video Cast Info Laura Linney
Video Cast Info Leon Rippy
Video Cast Info Matt Craven
Video Cast Info Rhona Mitra
Video Cast Info Gabriel Mann
Video Cast Info Michael Seresin - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Alan Parker - Director
Video Cast Info Gerry Hambling - Editor
Video Cast Info Alan Parker - Producer
Video Cast Info Nicolas Cage - Producer
Video Cast Info Charles Randolph - Screenplay

Professional Reviews

San Francisco Examiner 5 of 10
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. - Jeffrey M. Anderson

James Berardinelli's ReelViews 8 of 10
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. - James Berardinelli

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Spacey,Kevin
Product attributeLabel:   Mca Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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