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Editorial Reviews

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!

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

  • Product Details

    • 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, French
    • 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: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (304 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B00005JLZN
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,676 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "The Life of David Gale (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

    Customer Reviews

    I thought the movie was great, the acting was overall well done.
    Diluted Acid
    David Gale, a devout anti-death-penalty advocate finds himself on death row for the murder of his close friend and one-time fling.
    Ron Sullivan
    You have to not just watch this movie, but really pay attention to this movie to the very end.
    S. M. Anderson

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Newman VINE VOICE on 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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    67 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 23, 2003
    Format: DVD
    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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    16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 17, 2004
    Format: DVD
    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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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 20, 2004
    Format: DVD
    There is a problem with reviewing "The Life of David Gale" because I was not fooled for a second. I saw the whole thing coming, based on the key reason that David Gale (Kevin Spacey) decided to talk to reporter Bitsey Bloom (Kate Winslet), and what Governor Hardin (Michael Crabtree) says to shut Gale up in a televised debate on the death penalty. That means for most of this 131-minute movie from director Alan Parker I am waiting for the characters to catch up. However, I do not want to suggest that the problem is that Charles Randolph's script telegraphs everything, but rather that in this era of twisted tales such as "The Crying Game," "Usual Suspects," "Memento," you are always on your guard and never accept a narrative at face value.

    Basically, "The Life of David Gale" is a death row story, but more like "True Crime" than "The Chamber," "The Green Mile," or "Dead Man Walking," which means it is mystery-thriller. Days before his execution in Texas, Gale's attorney contacts Bloom's magazine about his first and only story from prison. Gale was a professor of philosophy (just like the writer) at a major Texas university and a major voice in the (fictional) anti-death penalty group Death Watch along with his friend, Constance Hallaway (Laura Linney). But then his life implodes when one of his students (Rhona Mitra) has sex with him in a bathroom during a college party and then cries rape. His wife leaves with his son, he is put on permanent sabbatical, and Death Watch wants nothing to do with him. When Connie is found dead he is tried, convicted for rape and murder, and sentence to death.
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