David Gale (Spacey), a professor at the University of Texas and an ardent anti-death penalty activist, sits on death row, having been convicted of rape and murder of a fellow activist (Linney). A persistent investigative journalist Bitsey Bloom (Winslet) gains access to Gale for an exclusive interview before he is put to death, and learns there is much more to the story than meets the eye.
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October 12, 2003
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Excerpt from The Life of David Gale by Dewey Lambdin
Fog smothered the early-evening sounds in the East Texas scrublands outside Huntsville.
No visitors disturbed the silence of the small cemetery. It was a dirt-poor burial field, nearly grassless, set a good way back from the highway behind tall pines and sagging split-rail fencing. The graves were untended. The grave markers -- identical, rough-made, white wooden crosses -- bore no names, numbers only: serial numbers, dates of death. TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS CEMETERY, announced the plain-lettered wooden sign at the graveled entrance turnoff from the highway. It was the disposal ground for prisoners who died in custody -- the unlucky. The unlucky and unclaimed. Outcasts a final time.
Across the field, a rust-red mass with guard towers and razor wire rose out of the fog.
Sundowner birdcalls drifted faintly across the terrain. Distant yard dogs set up a flurry of yapping.
On the outskirts of town, someone was passing, setting them off.