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Life of David Gale

The Life of David Gale

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

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


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Alan Parker's thriller The Life of David Gale comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. English, Spanish, and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. Subtitles are accessible in Spanish and French, and the English soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include


Alan Parker's thriller The Life of David Gale comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. English, Spanish, and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. Subtitles are accessible in Spanish and French, and the English soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include a commentary track in which Parker discusses his pride in the project, his appreciation for the actors' hard work, his respect for the screenwriter's vision, and relates a handful of anecdotes on problems that sprang up during production. Featurettes on the making of the film, as well as on the death penalty are pedestrian at best. Deleted scenes with optional director commentary round out this solid release of a box-office dud from Universal.

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
This elaborately mounted, splendidly acted drama takes a clearly unambiguous anti-death penalty stance, but it doesn’t sacrifice entertainment value to do so. Unusually gripping and wryly ironic, The Life of David Gale makes no bones about its ideological bent, and while one might argue with its premise, there’s no disputing the passion with which every frame is suffused. Kevin Spacey, contributing a typically colorful performance, plays liberal activist David Gale, a crusader against capital punishment who finds himself on death row, awaiting execution for a murder he swears he didn’t commit. Skeptical journalist Bitsey Bloom (Kate Winslet at her best), assigned to interview Gale, becomes convinced that he’s innocent and attempts to uncover the real murderer. Laura Linney, too rarely seen in mainstream fare, is absolutely sensational as the victim, a fellow activist who harbors a tragic secret. Charles Randolph’s script teems with timeworn plot devices that are at least partially rejuvenated by director Alan Parker (The Commitments); at some points the movie plays like a fairly conventional albeit suspenseful murder mystery, while at others it plays like ham-handed social commentary. Parker never quite gets the tone right, but he makes certain that the film’s abhorrence of capital punishment shines through in virtually every scene. He stacks the deck somewhat, and several plot twists reek of hoary old melodrama, but by and large, this deeply heartfelt and histrionically ostentatious movie succeeds in grabbing its viewers by the throat and holding them riveted to their seats until the breathtaking climax unfolds. A vibrant example of "message" filmmaking, David Gale will enthrall and entertain even those viewers who disagree with its point of view.

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Universal Studios
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[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital Surround]
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Special Features

Feature commentary with director Alan Parker; Deleted scenes with optional director's commentary; The making-of The Life of David Gale; The music of The Life of David Gale; DVD-ROM

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
Michael 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

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. NEWS Magazine [5:55]
2. Churches and Prisons [7:07]
3. Ellis [5:09]
4. Gale's Lecture [6:47]
5. The Party [8:01]
6. Batter's Box [8:19]
7. Goth Girl Tour [3:46]
8. You Know I'm Innocent [6:29]
9. Downward Spiral [7:22]
10. Off the Wagon [2:45]
11. A Small Difficult Thing [4:53]
12. Motel Video [6:36]
13. Cowboy Cat & Mouse [5:10]
14. Make It Stop [:14]
15. Death Is a Gift [7:56]
16. Reenactment [4:56]
17. Dusty's Cabin [10:31]
18. Give Me the Time [4:45]
19. Media Frenzy/Barcelona [11:23]
20. Key to Your Freedom/End Titles [4:33]


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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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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 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
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.
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.
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.
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