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THE LIFE OF DAVID GALE

 
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At Theaters: 2/21/2003 On Video: 7/22/2003
Rated: R Length: 2 hr. 10 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 399956
Studio: Universal Pictures Inc.
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Bitsey soon realizes that an assignment is more than she bargained for, and that a man's life is in her hands. Putting her own safety in jeopardy, she frantically races to piece together the shocking events surrounding Constance's death, before it's too late.
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Suspense Thriller Drama - This drama is targeted toward the older adult audience, and the film's graphic content and mature storyline make the film inappropriate for youngsters.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Kevin Spacey THE SHIPPING NEWS, K-PAX, PAY IT FORWARD
Kate Winslet QUILLS, HOLY SMOKE, TITANIC
Laura Linney THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES, YOU CAN COUNT ON ME
Dir/Prod: Alan Parker ANGELA'S ASHES
Producer: Nicolas Cage SONNY
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About The Production
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 14 F-words, 9 S-words, 7 GD's, a handful of others.
SEX/NUDITY: Graphic sex scenes with nudity ;some non-sexual nudity.
VIOLENCE: A brief but graphic glimpse of suffocation.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol and tobacco use.
ACTION: None
COMEDY: None
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Entertainment Weekly   Full Review
Average "The Life of David Gale is a self-righteous mishmash that can't decide whether to be a tribute to the fanatical leftist passion that thrives in college towns, an indictment of that very same fanaticism, or a ghoulishly didactic snuff-video thriller. To its credit, the film roots its case in the compelling, and timely, argument that an unacknowledged percentage of death-row inmates are, in fact, innocent.''

James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Good "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.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Terrible "Spacey and Parker are honorable men. Why did they go to Texas and make this silly movie? The last shot made me want to throw something at the screen--maybe Spacey and Parker. ''

USA TODAY  Full Review
Average "The simple lesson imparted here is that capital punishment is wrong: Innocent people can be executed. But the movie is far more compelling when it's in thriller mode than when it attempts to be a morality play.''

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Based on an Exit Polling of 171 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
9
High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
12
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
16
About 50/50
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
25
Very High
100%
30+Adults (M)
39
High
97%
30+Adults (F)
70
High
100%
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Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
This drama/mystery should get the suspenseful job done for adult moviegoers, particularly fans of the stars. However, some graphic content could put off more squeamish viewers, but those able to sit through it should be reasonably entertained, not to mention surprised, by the film.


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David Gale (Spacey) is a man who has tried hard to live by his principles but in a bizarre twist of fate, this devoted father, popular professor and respected death penalty opponent finds himself on Death Row for the rape and murder of fellow activist Constance Harraway (Linney). With only three days before his scheduled execution, Gale agrees to give reporter Elizabeth (Bitsey) Bloom (Winslet) the exclusive interview she's been chasing. But Bitsey soon realizes that his assignment is more than she bargained for, and that a man's life is in her hands. Putting her own safety in jeopardy, she frantically races to piece together the shocking events surrounding Constance's death, before it's too late.
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