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The Life of David Gale (2003)


Coming Out at 21 February 2003 in theaters

Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Life of David Gale is drama film directed by Alan Parker (in his final film as a director) and written by Charles Randolph. The film is an international co-production, between the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom.

Kevin Spacey played the eponymous character, a college professor and longtime activist against capital punishment who is sentenced to death for killing a fellow capital punishment opponent. Kate Winslet and Laura Linney co-star.

David Gale is a professor on death row in Texas. With only a few days until his execution, his lawyer negotiates a half-million dollar fee to tell his story to Bitsey Bloom, a journalist from a major news magazine. She has a reputation of keeping secrets and protecting her sources. He tells her how he ended up on death row, revealed through a series of lengthy flashbacks.

Gale is head of the philosophy department at the University of Austin and an active member of DeathWatch, an advocacy group campaigning against capital punishment. At a graduation party, he encounters Berlin, an attractive graduate student who had been expelled from the school. When Gale gets drunk at the party, she seduces him and they have sex. She then falsely accuses Gale of rape. The next day, he loses a televised debate with the Governor of Texas when he is unable to prove a demonstrably innocent man was executed during the governor’s term. After losing the debate, Gale is arrested and charged with rape. While the rape charge against Gale is later dropped, the damage had already been done, and his family, marriage, university career and reputation are all destroyed.

Director: Alan Parker

Writer: Charles Randolph

Stars: Kevin Spacey, Kate Winslet, Laura Linney, Cleo King, Gabriel Mann


Kate WinsletBitsey Bloom
Cleo KingBarbara Kreuster
Constance JonesReporter A.J. Roberts
Kevin SpaceyDavid Gale
Laura LinneyConstance Harraway
Lee RitcheyJoe Mullarkey
Gabriel MannZack Stemmons
Matt CravenDusty Wright
Brandy LittleMotel Waitress
Cindy WaiteMargie
Jim BeaverDuke Grover
Leon RippyBraxton Belyeu
Jesse De LunaSupervising Guard
Vernon GroteDoor Guard
Rhona MitraBerlin
Kimberly TortoriceGrad Student
Katie LottBerlin’s Classmate
Noah TruesdaleJamie Gale
Larissa WolcottJo Edna the Babysitter
Chuck CureauGreer
Sean HenniganRoss
Charles SandersJohn
Mike FontaineTV Assistant Director
Marco PerellaTV Host
Michael CrabtreeGovernor Hardin
Julio Cesar CedilloOfficer Ramirez
Christopher MeisterOfficer Hasermann
Melissa McCarthyNico the Goth Girl
Elizabeth GastSharon Gale
Cliff StephensUniversity President
Chris DrewyRadio Shed Executive
Jeff GibbsJosh
Katina PottsRosie
Katherine JamesBeth
James HustonDeathWatch Chief / TV Reporter
Cindy MichelleConstance’s Doctor
Chris WarnerHospital Orderly
Jennifer DorseyCollege Girl
Maurice MooreBelyeu’s Clerk
Brenda SendejoBelyeu’s Assistant
Julia LashaeNew Homeowner
Rick MorrowSection 1835 Guard
Matthew PoseyInmate Cook
Julia Kay-LaskowskiTV Soprano
Donald BraswellTV Tenor
Jack GouldChaplain
Lynn MathisWarden
Jack WatkinsPhotographer
Robert LottBullhorn Protester
Mark VogesBullhorn Protester
Katherine WillisBullhorn Protester
Gwyn LittleReligious Woman
Patrick FriesNews Cameraman
Pilar FerreiroBarcelona Neighbor
Amparo MorenoSharon’s Maid
Claudia ParkerMail Girl
Joan GispertGuillermo
Janis KellyLiù
Mark RichardsonTimur
Justin LavenderCalaf
Barbara Petricini-BuxtonTV Reporter
David DahlTV Reporter
Asia De MarcosTV Reporter
Amparo GarcíaTV Reporter
Catenya McHenryTV Reporter
Brian OrrTV Reporter
Kirk SiscoTV Reporter
Cassandra L. SmallTV Reporter
Oliver TullTV Reporter
Michelle ValenTV Reporter
Tanya ZiegerTV Reporter
Nick DawsonInterviewee
Steve FlanaginInterviewee
George HaynesInterviewee
Kathy LamkinInterviewee
Evelyn LindseyInterviewee
T.J. McFarlandInterviewee
Deborah AbbottProtestor 
Stacy Lynn AustinTraveler 
Jerry M. BarkerConcerned Man 
Johnny BarteeProtestor / Prison Inmate 
Richard R. BartholomewBusinessman 
Keith BrightTexas Governor’s Aide 
Ryan BrooksCollege Student 
Pei-San BrownFlight Attendant 
Christopher ChappelearCollege Guy 
Dian ChildsDayplayer 
Starla ChristianParty Girl 
Peter CornwellCollege Professor 
Wade CouturiauxCollege Student / Activist 
Steve CrawfordStudent 
Constance DasseProtestor 
Gareth B. DePutronReal Estate Agent 
Matthew J. DunnCollege Student 
Ken EdwardsState Trooper / Lunch Patron 
Nikki FolsomReporter 
Joanna GallagherStudent 
Ryan HancockDrinking Game Contestant 
Garrett HargroveCoffee Boy 
Peyton HayslipDoctor 

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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