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The Life of David Gale (2003)

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Kevin Spacey, The Life of David Gale | 'LIFE' AND DEATH Spacey is caged in ''David Gale''
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'LIFE' AND DEATH Spacey is caged in ''David Gale''

Details Release Date: Feb 21, 2003; Rated: R; Length: 131 Minutes; Genres: Drama, Mystery and Thriller; With: Kevin Spacey and Kate Winslet; Distributor: Universal

Kevin Spacey follows up his ''is he or isn't he an alien'' drama, ''K-PAX,'' with an ''is he or isn't he a murderer'' thriller, playing an anti-capital punishment crusader who ends up on death row. Kate Winslet is the journalist who becomes determined to free him. ''I think the nature of [the script], its political heart, [made it] not something people readily make,'' director Alan Parker says, adding that it was ''a real page-turner.'' Spacey too was less intrigued by the script's issues than by the pacing: ''I have no dog in this fight about the death penalty,'' he says. ''It's not about a pro-con issue. It's a great part in a great thriller.'' Although Parker was aiming for an Oscar-qualifying run in December, the film was bumped to spring when the holiday market was deemed too crowded. ''Commercially it [made] sense,'' he says of the delay. ''As a filmmaker, you say, 'It would have been nice if it came out earlier, but you can't knock [the studio] for their enthusiasm.''' We're just enthusiastic about Spacey's assurance that, unlike ''K-PAX,'' ''at the end you'll find out everything.'' (Feb. 21)

Originally posted Feb 05, 2003 Published in issue #695 Feb 14, 2003 Order article reprints