The Life of David Gale

Synopsis: When anti-death-penalty activist David Gale is convicted and condemned to death for the murder of a colleague, reporter Bitsey Bloom sets out to learn the story behind Gale's crime. What she finds challenges her belief in Gale's guilt and, finally, in the justice system.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Alan Parker
Production: Universal Pictures
  3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
130 min

- Sh*t! Sh*t! Sh*t!

- Hey! Stop, please!

In a related story,

the high court had also refused...

to stay Friday's execution of former

philosophy professor David Gale.

- Oh, boy.

- Gale had sought a review

of his 1994 conviction...

for the rape and murder

of his University of Austin

colleague Constance Harraway.

The case has received

nation wide media attention

because Gale and Harraway...

were activists for DeathWatch,

a nonprofit abolitionist organization.

Do you understand how much money the

taxpayers pay in the state of Texas...

to put one person to death?

- What do we want?

- No more executions!


can't we all just admit...

that the capital punishment system

in this country is not working?

They're not gonna stay Gale.

It's on TV right now. Listen.

Defense lawyers

had hoped to argue...

that Gale's former activism

against capital punishment...

unduly prejudiced

the Texas judicial system.

The deal was, Bitsey

would get the interview

if the stay was refused.

He'll talk to her

for two hours a day...

Tuesday, Wednesday

and Thursday.

Can't do Friday, no.

'Cause Friday's the day

they execute him.

- The lawyer said only Bitsey.

- Gale's going down.

"Only Bitsey" means only Bitsey.

I don't get to make

the rules, Joe. Please,

I'm a fat black woman.

- Tell him I said...

- What we need is to put her

on a plane to Texas.

Why do you get like that around legal?

Hold on. We're coming over.

So what's this "Only Bitsey

means only Bitsey" stuff?

- They asked for you and no substitutes.

- Who's "they" exactly?

Gale's lawyers.

More exactly, Gale's lawyer...

some good ol' boy in Austin.

- Why do they want me?

- You're telling me you don't

want the assignment?

No. I just can't see why a guy

on death row about to be

executed should ask for me.

I think they like the kiddie

porn piece you did and going

to jail and stuff.

I don't know.

Maybe he saw your picture

and thinks you're cute.

- So how much access do I get?

- Three interviews.

No time for any more.

By Friday, the guy's a goner.

- Okay. What exactly is our story?

- Rape, murder, death row.

Very intelligent guy.

Hey, maybe he's even innocent.

Yeah, right.

No, no. Tell him

I'll call him back. Thanks.

- Okay, so what's your problem?

- Hi, Barbara.

Good morning, Bitsey.

Okay. Here's my concern.

Setting aside the cost, although

half a million dollars...

in cash, I might add...

for three days of interviews

is not only illegal, it's obscene.

That's market value.

The guy's never talked.

Aside from that, I... we... are still

uncomfortable with the arrangement.

- Why?

- You just spent a very

public seven days in jail...

for a very public

contempt of court citation.

For protecting sources.

If you're so goddamn

uncomfortable with the story...

why did you slap it

on both the domestic

and the international covers?

Look, what makes me... us...

uncomfortable is the fact

that a rapist-slash-murderer...

has asked to spend the last three days

of his life giving an interview...

his very first...

to a reporter who is now famous

for protecting sexual deviants...

a reporter who's also

a very attractive woman.

Aw, come on!

This is disparate treatment.

- Oh, boy.

- I could go if I were an ugly guy?

There's an agenda issue here

which would be defused

with the presence of a man.

I hear lawyers gleefully

saying the words "Bloom vs.

NEWS Magazine, Incorporated. "

Your Honor, I started to notice

my assignments being determined

on the basis of my sex.

- No.

- You've gotta let her go now.

- That's not quite what I meant.

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Charles Randolph

Charles Randolph is an American screenwriter and producer for film and television. Randolph was born in Nashville, Tennessee. He was a cultural studies and philosophy professor. At age 33, Randolph spent a weekend in Los Angeles giving lectures at the University of Southern California. From a chance meeting with someone who worked for the Farrelly brothers, Randolph was inspired to attempt screenwriting.Randolph is married to Israeli actress Mili Avital, with whom he has two children. more…

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