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The Life of David Gale Details


The mystery of one man's guilt or innocence literally becomes a matter of life and death in this drama. David Gale (Kevin Spacey) was the head of the philosophy department at Austin University and the author of several well-regarded books; he was also an active and visible member of Deathwatch, an anti-capital punishment activist group. One of Gale's best friends was Constance Harraway (Laura Linney), a fellow Deathwatch activist with whom he became especially close, particularly since Gale's wife, Sharon (Elizabeth Gast), who had taken a lover in Spain, was usually absent. One night, Gale was seduced by an attractive student from his class, Berlin (Rhona Mitra), who had too much to drink; later, the remorseful student accused Gale of rape. While Gale was eventually cleared of the charges, the negative publicity cost him his career as an educator, and with no job and no wife, Gale turned to drink. When Harraway was found raped and murdered a few years later, Gale was charged with the crime, and convicted despite the best efforts of his well-meaning but ineffectual lawyer Braxton Belyeu (Leon Rippy). Now Gale awaits execution, and less than a week before his date with the fatal injection, Gale agrees to tell his story to Bitsey Bloom (Kate Winslet), a nervy journalist from a major newsmagazine, who arrives with her assistant, Zack Stemmons (Gabriel Mann). As Bloom discusses the facts of the Harraway murder with Gale, it occurs to her that the details simply don't add up, and soon a mysterious stranger slips evidence to her that suggests Gale has been framed -- leaving Bloom and Stemmons only a few days to solve the mystery and save Gale from the executioner. The Life of David Gale was co-produced by actor Nicolas Cage, who originally commissioned the script and intended to star in the film before prior commitments led him to hand the project over to director Alan Parker. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:February 21, 2003


Kevin Spacey
as Dr. Gale
Kate Winslet
as Bitsey Bloom
Laura Linney
as Constance Harraway
Gabriel Mann
as Zack Stemmons
Matt Craven
as Dusty Wright
Leon Rippy
as Braxton Belyeu
Elizabeth Gast
as Sharon Gale
Cleo King
as Barbara Kreuster
Lee Ritchey
as Joe Mullarkey
Michael Crabtree
as Gov. Hardin
Joan Gispert
as Guillermo
Michelle Valen
as TV Reporter
Lynn Mathis
as Warden
Tanya Zieger
as TV Reporter
Patrick Fries
as News Cameraman
Oliver Tull
as TV Reporter
Michael Fontaine
as TV Assistant Director
Kathy Lamkin
as Interviewee
Larissa Wolcott
as Babysitter
Cindy Waite
as Margie
Kimberly Tortorice
as Grad Student
Jack Watkins
as Photographer
Matthew Posey
as Inmate Cook
Evelyn Lindsey
as Interviewee
Donald Braswell
as TV Tenor
Mark Voges
as Bullhorn Protester
Katina Potts
as Rosie
Brian Orr
as TV Reporter
Jesse De Luna
as Supervising Guard
Steve Flanagin
as Interviewee
Maurice Moore
as Belyeu's Clerk
Rhona Mitra
as Berlin
Julia Kay-Laskowski
as TV Soprano
Jennifer Halverson
as College Girl
Ampero Moreno
as Sharon's Maid
Marco Perella
as TV Host
Amparo Garcia
as TV Reporter
Jack Gould
as Chaplain
Noah Truesdale
as Jamie Gale
Chris Drewy
as Radio Shed Executive
Gwyn Little
as Religious Woman
Julia LaShae
as New Homeowner
Chris Warner
as Hospital Orderly
Robert Lott
as Bullhorn Protester
Katie Lott
as Berlin's Classmate
Asia DeMarcos
as TV Reporter
Cassandra L. Small
as TV Reporter
Jim Beaver
as Duke Grover
Julio Cedillo
as Officer Ramirez
Sean Hennigan
as Ross
Pilar Ferreiro
as Barcelona Neighbor
James Huston
as Death Watch Chief/TV Reporter
Kirk Sisco
as TV Reporter
Cliff Stephens
as University President
Melissa McCarthy
as Goth Girl "Nico"
George Haynes
as Interviewee
Janis Kelly
as Liù
Rick Morrow
as Section 1835 Guard
Vernon Grote
as Door Guard
Brenda Sendejo
as Belyeu's Assistant
Brandy Little
as Motel Waitress
Catenya McHenry
as TV Reporter
Jeff Gibbs
as Josh
Christopher Meister
as Officer Hasermann
Nick Dawson
as Interviewee
Charles Sanders
as John
Chuck Cureau
as Greer
Katherine Willis
as Bullhorn Protester
Justin Lavender
as Calaf


Alan Parker
Alan Parker
Nicolas Cage
Charles Randolph
Michael Seresin
Gerry Hambling
Geoffrey Kirkland
Production Designer
Jennifer Williams
Art Director
Steve Arnold
Art Director
Moritz Borman
Lisa Moran
Nigel Sinclair
Executive Producer
Guy East
Executive Producer
Moritz Borman
Executive Producer
Norm Golightly
Executive Producer
Jennifer Williams
Set Designer
Elizabeth Shelton
Costume Designer
Jeff Okabayashi
First Assistant Director
K.C. Hodenfield
First Assistant Director
Brian Steward
First Assistant Director
Philip Hardage
First Assistant Director
Mike Proudfoot
Camera Operator
Juliet Taylor
John Hubbard
Silvia Menendez-Cauche
Howard Feuer
Jo Edna Boldin
Eddy Joseph
Supervising Sound Editor
David MacMillan
Production Sound
Craig Denham
Graphic Design
Kerry Rossall
Stunts Coordinator
Alma Kuttruff
Unit Production Manager
Andy Nelson
Re-Recording Mixer
David Lucarelli
ADR Recordist
Gina Grande
Script Supervisor
Andi Scull
Graphic Design
Sarah Monzani
Anna Behlmer
Re-Recording Mixer
Peter Holt
Foley Editor
John Johns
Video Playback
Pauline Griffiths
Foley Artist
Patricia Kerrigan
Casting Associate
Yves de Bono
Special Effects Supervisor
David Wimbury
Line Producer
Drew Dillard
Location Manager
Ellen Lampl
Graphic Design
Graham Sutton
Music Editor
David Luckenbach
Steadicam Operator
Rod Tinney
Kathy Nelson
Executive Music Producer
Robert Renga
Nick Ingman
Louis Elman
ADR Voice Casting
Russell Tyrrell
Special Effects Foreman