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The Life of David Gale (Widescreen Edition) (2003)

Kevin Spacey , Kate Winslet  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (237 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kevin Spacey, Kate Winslet, Laura Linney, Vernon Grote, Constance Jones
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: July 22, 2003
  • Run Time: 131 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (237 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JLZN
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,022 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Special Features

  • Feature Commentary with Director Alan Parker
  • Death in Texas
  • Deleted Scenes
  • The Making of The Life of David Gale
  • The Music of The Life of David Gale
  • Poster Concepts
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • The Life of David Gale Soundtrack
  • Cast and Filmmakers
  • DVD-ROM Features
  • Recommendations

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    Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey (American Beauty) stars with Oscar nominee Kate Winslet (Titanic) in a powerfully gripping, edge-of-your-seat thriller hailed as "provocative" (ABC-TV). An electrifying 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 Life of David Gale is a brilliantly unpredictable thriller, which builds relentlessly to a shocking final twist guaranteed to blow you away!

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    61 of 75 people found the following review helpful
    THE LIFE OF DAVID GALE is, I believe, a much better film than many fellow reviewers would indicate. Perhaps they are influenced by the reviews that came out in the media at the time of the film's theatrical release, perhaps the Editorial slam on the Product Page by Bret Fetzer taints opinion. I would urge you to see and/or buy this DVD, keep an open mind, and witness the effect on your own emotional response.
    Kevin Spacey fleshes out the title role as a believable philosophy professor who speaks against capital punishment in the state of Texas which just happens to be the place where more executions are performed than any other state. He is not without problems: alcohol, a drunken sexual relationship with a former student, and an awkward but deeply significant relationship with Constance (Laura Linney) who later when found 'murdered and raped' on videotape results in the arrest and conviction of Spacey's Gale, now facing death on death row. Laura Linney is most credible as a driven anti-death penalty activist for reasons we discover are beyond the range of civil rights reponsibilty. The third part of this triangle is the reporter brought in to investigate Gale's claim to innocence in the last four days of his wait on death row. Kate Winslet captures all the parameters of this contemporary woman with seamless detail. To tell more of the story would be injurious to the unfolding of this worthwhile drama.
    For a 2 hour plus movie THE LIFE OF DAVID GALE manages to hold our interest, encouraging us as viewers to keep our invetigatory eyes and ears open and struggle along with Winslet and her cohort to finally put together all the pieces of the puzzle. Others have complained that the clues are in every scene: isn't that true of most crime investigations?
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    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Must Be Watched from Beginning to End! February 5, 2004
    Format:VHS Tape
    Great movie from the opening sequence to the very last shot! Worth seeing again to see what you missed the first time. This movie is the type where the director and editor did not put any "filler" into. Every scene is important.
    Keving Spacey is great and Kate Winslett convincingly drops her British accent in a tale of an anti-death penalty advocate who is awaiting execution for the murder of one of his fellow advocates. Winslett's character (Bitsy) is a reporter who has the assignment of getting Gale's story before he dies and proving his innocence. As the Gale's story unfolds one scene early on is very important. That is where Gale is in a televised debate with the governer of Texas over the merits of the death penalty. The debate turns into a shouting match with Gale cornering the governer into stating that if Gale could name one "innocent" person who received the death penalty, that he would sign an order to abolish the penalty in Texas. As the movie winds towards a climatic ending we begin to realize that it is more important that Bitsy can prove Gale's innocence, than save him from leathal injunction.
    The movie is full of plot-twists and incredible suspense with a few scenes that will startle you.
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    13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars not as predictable or flawed as many seem to think April 17, 2004
    By A Customer
    scanning the negative reviews posted here, the nay-sayers seem to be divided into two camps: those who say the movie was too predictable; and those who say they can't believe the ending. presumably, one reason the latter group is incredulous is because they didn't see it coming. funny how you get completely opposite views.
    me, i didn't see the ending coming, but i do think it made perfect sense. many objected that spacey and linney undermined their own cause by their "stunt". i don't agree. first, the full story wasn't meant to be disclosed to the public, only to the reporter. second, and more important, the ending was not done solely to prove a point, as many have suggested. in fact, linney was already terminally ill and spacey's fortunes had fallen to the point where he had little to live for. the so-called "stunt" was really a way to make their lives - and their inevitable deaths - more meaningful. making a point about capital punishment was only one part of it, the public dimension. there were very real private considerations as well.
    many also commented that the ending didn't make sense. i think it does. spacey knows that he's used winslet to convey his public AND private message (to his son). it's to assuage his guilt that he sends the tape at the end. how does he know that winslet won't tell all? because she's proven that she can be trusted to respect the confidentiality of her sources: if she won't betray "kiddy porn scum", why would she betray an innocent man?
    but even if the public doesn't know the whole truth, won't spacey still be an "anti-captial punishment nuthead" (to paraphrase one reviewer) in winslet's eyes? maybe. and only she would know.
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Death penalty movie August 31, 2003
    The Life of David Gale is now among my favorite movies ever made. As a high school teacher, I have every intention of showing this movie to my U.S. Government class when discussing public policy and an example of a classical controversial issue - the death penalty.
    This movie truly hit home for me! Although I have already long held the position of being opposed to the death penalty, this movie only reinforces my stance and proves that the system is not always right, hence justice is denied to those that fall victim to the system's flaws.
    Kevin Spacey and Kate Winslow should have received Oscars for their performances in this movie, because I truly believe they did a superb job!
    A must watch for all....
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars YES
    Kevin Spacey & Kate Winslet rock this movie- definitely worth watching.
    Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
    3.0 out of 5 stars Disjointed and odd
    The characters in this movie don't seem to have thought out their actions very well. That may be fairly common in real life, but I like more focus in my fiction. Read more
    Published 16 days ago by S J Lewis
    4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Themes
    Had to watch this movie for a professional research project. I really enjoyed it all the way to the very end!
    Published 19 days ago by Christina Morris
    5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! Had me guessing until the very end.
    This movie was recommended to me and I had no idea of what a ride it would be. The acting is superb, the story loaded with twists and turns until the very last frame. Read more
    Published 19 days ago by Frank
    5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies ever!
    I was watching this movie when I was still in college and it blew my mind about David Gale and his friends o. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by kaikun
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic movie that will keep your attention from beginning to end.
    The cast (Kevin Spacey, Kate Winslet, and Laura Linney) are awesome in this great movie. You will not be disappointed.
    Published 1 month ago by Jackie Taylor
    2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I had hoped
    Big fan of the lead actors. It is very well acted but a very thin story. I probably won't ever watch it again.
    Published 3 months ago by L
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good job by Kevin...
    I watched this after reviewing a clip from the movie in our SANE class. Good story but I lost interest in several parts of the movie. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Bennie Baxter
    1.0 out of 5 stars Just a miserably done movie...
    Horrible writing makes the majority of scenes ring phony - a number laughably so. So surprising with a such a great cast to have us wanting to turn it off 10, then 20 and 45... Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Don S
    2.0 out of 5 stars Suffers from Poor Writing, Directing and Politics
    I watched this because the cast is known to be talented. Unfortunately, what they were given to work with was less than stellar. They are all overacting. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by taaj
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