THE LIFE OF DAVID GALE

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Release Date: February 21, 2003

Starring: Kevin Spacey, Kate Winslet,
Laura Linney, and Gabriel Mann

Genre: Drama

Audience: Older teenagers and
adults REVIEWER: Dr. Tom
Snyder THE LIFE OF DAVID GALE
is one of the most brainless,
poorly made, sickening,
excruciatingly politically
correct issue movies ever
made. It also takes idiotic,
unconvincing, bigoted,
extreme-left potshots at death
penalty advocates,
conservative Christians, the
South, Republicans, and
President Bush. This is truly
one loathsome movie. Kevin
Spacey plays the title role,
David Gale, an anti-death
penalty advocate who just
happens to be a philosophy
professor at the University of
Texas at Austin, the state
capitol. In flashback, Gale
tells a skeptical reporter,
played by Kate Winslet of
TITANIC, how he landed on
death row, with only days left
until his execution. An
alcoholic, Gale was convicted
of murdering his colleague,
another anti-death penalty
advocate who's played by Laura
Linney. Gale proclaims his
innocence, even though there
is evidence placing him at the
crime scene. Slowly, the
reporter, and the silly intern
accompanying her, discover
that Gale just may be telling
the truth. Or, is he? Kevin
Spacey stumbles through this
role like his character
stumbles during the scenes
showing his drunken alcoholic
stupors. At times, he is so
darn serious that he becomes
unintentionally laughable. For
her part, Kate Winslet plays
the stereotypical skeptical
journalist with the
personality of a harpie. Only
Laura Linney seems to preserve
some dignity, but then the
movie requires her to parade
almost fully nude on her
character's kitchen floor in
gratuitously gruesome,
sickening murder/death
scenes. In his movie, director
Alan Parker sets up all the
debates over the death penalty
as if he were afraid of
actually engaging the
audience's intellect. For
instance, in one early scene,
David Gale debates the
governor of Texas, a limp
facsimile of George Bush, in a
televised interview. Parker
gives all the good lines and
good-sounding arguments to
Gale, so that the Texas
governor comes off sounding
like an ignorant hick. How
convenient! THE LIFE OF DAVID
GALE is also poorly written.
The surprise twists advertised
in the ads for the movie are
all very predictable. The
script seems so one-sided, and
its cardboard characters so
despicable or unsympathetic,
that, by the time the clichéd
last minute reprieve attempt
comes, the average viewer
probably will lose
interest. Worst of all,
however, perhaps, is that THE
LIFE OF DAVID GALE has a
humanist agenda or worldview
that exploits many liberal
Protestants and liberal Roman
Catholics' honest,
God-centered convictions
against the death penalty.
Thus, although David Gale and
his friends appear to be
atheists, there are shots of
anti-death penalty protestors
singing a hymn or holding
signs referring to God or
Jesus Christ. There are also a
couple nasty comments about
the alleged stupidity of
politically conservative
Christians and the people in
the "Bible Belt" in southern
states like Texas. Apparently,
only the beliefs of liberal
Christians and liberal
atheists deserve recognition
and respect. The actors and
filmmakers behind this alleged
movie should be ashamed of
their bigotry, hatred and
ignorance. Hopefully,
moviegoers will give this
movie a lethal injection at
the box office. Please address
your comments to: Stacey
Snider, Chairman Universal
Pictures Ron Meyer,
President/COO Universal
Studios 100 Universal City
Plaza Universal City, CA
91608-1085 Phone: (818)
777-1000 Web Page:
www.universalstudios.com

Rating: R

Runtime: 130 minutes

Distributor: Universal Pictures

Director: Alan Parker

Executive Producer:

Producer: Alan Parker and Nicolas
Cage EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS:
Moritz Borman, Guy East and
Nigel Sinclair

Writer: Charles Randolph

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Content:

(HH, AbAb, PCPCPC, C, LLL, VVV, SS, NNN, AAA, D, MM) Strong humanist worldview with attacks on politically conservative Christians and the "Bible Belt" in the South, as well as other very strong politically correct elements regarding death penalty advocates, gun owners, Republicans, and Texans as well as some references to liberal Christians invoking God and Jesus while protesting the death penalty; 33 obscenities, seven strong profanities, three light profanities, obscene gesture, and sex talk; very strong, gratuitous violence such as many gruesome shots of strangled nude corpse, gruesome suicide and woman re-enacts alleged suffocation murder; scenes of depicted fornication and adultery, discussion of sex murder and other sexual references; brief full female nudity, many images of upper and rear female nudity of murder victim, and brief upper, rear male nudity; alcohol use, severe drunkenness and drunken anger and pity; smoking; and, lying, ethnic hatred from leftists, false accusation of sexual harassment, leftists defraud news magazine, and liberals pervert the justice system.

GENRE: Drama

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Summary:

THE LIFE OF DAVID GALE stars Kevin Spacey as an anti-death penalty intellectual trying to escape execution, or is he? THE LIFE OF DAVID GALE is one of the most brainless, poorly made, excruciatingly politically correct issue movies ever made and contains very strong foul language, graphic nudity and brutal images of an alleged strangulation victim.

Review:

THE LIFE OF DAVID GALE is one of the most brainless, poorly made, sickening, excruciatingly politically correct issue movies ever made. It also takes idiotic, unconvincing, bigoted, extreme-left potshots at death penalty advocates, conservative Christians, the South, Republicans, and President Bush. This is truly one loathsome movie.

Kevin Spacey plays the title role, David Gale, an anti-death penalty advocate who just happens to be a philosophy professor at the University of Texas at Austin, the state capitol. In flashback, Gale tells a skeptical reporter, played by Kate Winslet of TITANIC, how he landed on death row, with only days left until his execution. An alcoholic, Gale was convicted of murdering his colleague, another anti-death penalty advocate who's played by Laura Linney. Gale proclaims his innocence, even though there is evidence placing him at the crime scene. Slowly, the reporter, and the silly intern accompanying her, discover that Gale just may be telling the truth. Or, is he?

Kevin Spacey stumbles through this role like his character stumbles during the scenes showing his drunken alcoholic stupors. At times, he is so darn serious that he becomes unintentionally laughable. For her part, Kate Winslet plays the stereotypical skeptical journalist with the personality of a harpie. Only Laura Linney seems to preserve some dignity, but then the movie requires her to parade almost fully nude on her character's kitchen floor in gratuitously gruesome, sickening murder/death scenes.

In his movie, director Alan Parker sets up all the debates over the death penalty as if he were afraid of actually engaging the audience's intellect. For instance, in one early scene, David Gale debates the governor of Texas, a limp facsimile of George Bush, in a televised interview. Parker gives all the good lines and good-sounding arguments to Gale, so that the Texas governor comes off sounding like an ignorant hick. How convenient!

THE LIFE OF DAVID GALE is also poorly written. The surprise twists advertised in the ads for the movie are all very predictable. The script seems so one-sided, and its cardboard characters so despicable or unsympathetic, that, by the time the clichéd last minute reprieve attempt comes, the average viewer probably will lose interest.

Worst of all, however, perhaps, is that THE LIFE OF DAVID GALE has a humanist agenda or worldview that exploits many liberal Protestants and liberal Roman Catholics' honest, God-centered convictions against the death penalty. Thus, although David Gale and his friends appear to be atheists, there are shots of anti-death penalty protestors singing a hymn or holding signs referring to God or Jesus Christ. There are also a couple nasty comments about the alleged stupidity of politically conservative Christians and the people in the "Bible Belt" in southern states like Texas. Apparently, only the beliefs of liberal Christians and liberal atheists deserve recognition and respect.

The actors and filmmakers behind this alleged movie should be ashamed of their bigotry, hatred and ignorance. Hopefully, moviegoers will give this movie a lethal injection at the box office.

Please address your comments to:



Stacey Snider, Chairman

Universal Pictures

Ron Meyer, President/COO

Universal Studios

100 Universal City Plaza

Universal City, CA 91608-1085

Phone: (818) 777-1000

Web Page: www.universalstudios.com

SUMMARY: THE LIFE OF DAVID GALE stars Kevin Spacey as an anti-death penalty intellectual trying to escape execution, or is he? THE LIFE OF DAVID GALE is one of the most brainless, poorly made, excruciatingly politically correct issue movies ever made and contains very strong foul language, graphic nudity and brutal images of an alleged strangulation victim.

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