The Life of David Gale

Bitsey Bloom (Kate Winslet) finds a second tape of the murder of Constance Harraway (Laura Linney). The first tape showed Harraway struggling on the kitchen floor naked, hand-cuffed, with a plastic bag over her head. The second tape, however, shows that she had actually committed suicide, and that her cowboy hat-wearing associate Dusty was behind the camera. Bloom now has proof that David Gale (Kevin Spacey) is innocent and makes every attempt to get it to the proper authorities in time to stay his execution, but she has car trouble and arrives at the jail on foot just as Gale is pronounced dead. Bloom publicizes the evidence that Harraway's death was a suicide. Dusty leaves the U.S. and in Spain, delivers to Gale's ex-wife the post card that Berlin sent to Gale saying "I'm sorry". Later, Bloom gets a package; it's the stuffed sheep Gale kept as a reminder of his son. Inside of the sheep is a third video tape. She runs to an AV room in the studio and views the tape. It's the final segment of the tape of Harraway's suicide that shows Dusty walking up to Harraway's body, followed by David Gale himself looking down upon her and placing his fingerprints on the plastic bag over her head. All three people involved were zealous anti-death penalty advocates. Gale had lost his job and family after a false rape accusation, Harraway was suffering from leukemia, and both had little to lose and much to gain from a very highly publicized execution of an innocent man.

Nicole Sheldon

Continuity mistake: When Bitsey is checking the videotapes at Dusty's house, the last tape, the one with the red label, falls over when she grabs the second last. As she puts the second last tape in the VCR the last tape is seen standing again. She then searches for any more tapes, but never checks the last tape.

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David Gale: There once was a lesbian from Cancun/ who took a young man up to her room/ where they argued all night/ as to who had the right/ to do what and how much and to whom.

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Trivia: Bitsey and the intern are staying at the Randolph Motel. Randolph is the last name of the writer of the movie.

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Question: What was the purpose of Berlin? What she planted to stage the rape? Or, was she really trying to get revenge? What did the postcard mean at the end of the movie in the money case?

Answer: I believe that she was a plot device to make sure David Gale had nothing to lose by the end of the movie. She then may have felt guilty about casual sex, and tried to get back at Gale. She then later felt guilty about the whole charade, and wrote him a postcard admitting what she had done. Then the postcard is given to the ex-wife to show he was innocent of rape.

Richard Welty

David had asked Bitsy and, presumably, Dusty, to preserve his son's memory of him. So they/he/she forwarded the postcard from Berlin so his ex would know he was innocent of the rape charge. Along with money for his son.

Answer: I think David's wife was having an affair and wanted out of the marriage. She paid Berlin to seduce David and accuse him of rape.

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