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The Life of David Gale Spacey is promising as an alcoholic philosophy professor who gets the death penalty for allegedly raping and murdering his close friend (Laura Linney)...The Life of David GaleDrama, Mystery and ThrillerPT131MR Spacey is promising as an alcoholic philosophy professor who gets the death penalty for allegedly raping and murdering his close friend (Laura Linney)...2003-07-25Matt CravenLaura LinneyGabriel MannMatt Craven, Laura Linney, Gabriel MannUniversal

The Life of David Gale

Genre: Drama, Mystery and Thriller; Starring: Kevin Spacey, Kate Winslet, Matt Craven, Laura Linney, Gabriel Mann; Director: Alan Parker; Author: Charles Randolph; Producer (person): Nicolas Cage, Alan Parker; Release Date Wide: 02/21/2003; Runtime (in minutes): 131; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Universal

Spacey is promising as an alcoholic philosophy professor who gets the death penalty for allegedly raping and murdering his close friend (Laura Linney), an anti – capital punishment activist. But director Alan Parker kills what could have been a great whodunit with heavy-handed political rhetoric and misuse of a talented all-star cast. Despite his Oscar-gilded abilities, Spacey ultimately fools no one as a sought-after campus hunk, Linney is underused, and Kate Winslet – as the reporter unearthing the truth – is a crying bore. Still, it’s the cheap twist ending that really does Gale in. EXTRAS Skip ‘em: Does anyone really need to hear a play-by-play commentary that explains weather conditions and music, but offers little insight into that awful ending?

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