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), an anti…
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The Life Of David Gale (2003)

Details Release Date: Jul 22, 2003; DVD Release Date: Jul 22, 2003; Movie Rated: R; Genres: Drama, Mystery and Thriller; With: Kevin Spacey and Kate Winslet; 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?

Originally posted Jul 25, 2003 Published in issue #720 Jul 25, 2003 Order article reprints
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