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THE LIFE OF DAVID GALE

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The Life of David Gale

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
131 minutes
Wide Release Date:
02/21/03
performer:
Kevin Spacey, Kate Winslet, Matt Craven, Laura Linney, Gabriel Mann
director:
Alan Parker
Producer:
Nicolas Cage, Alan Parker
distributor:
Universal
author:
Charles Randolph
genre:
Drama, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a C

Kevin Spacey plays a defrocked college professor accused of raping and killing a fellow anti-death-penalty advocate, who has three days left before his scheduled execution. While the central argument — that an unacknowledged percentage of death-row inmates are innocent — is compelling, the film 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.