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This review is from: The Life of David Gale [DVD]  (DVD)
As a native Texan, I'm used to seeing my state and its institutions misrepresented in both the U.S. and the world media. This film, however, gets it exactly right. They actually filmed outside the real death house in Huntsville, and scenes that took place in Austin were actually filmed in Austin and at the University of Texas (my alma mater). So two thumbs high up there.
The story itself is wonderful, though I can tell you as someone who lived in Austin for six years that protests on the scale of those in the film never took place, especially not in front of the capitol building...but that's about the only thing that the film got wrong. The story is compelling, with an anti-death penalty activist on death row, awaiting lethal injection (Texas does NOT use the electric chair) and the tough, ballsy reporter who initially judges Gale the way everyone else does. The way he brings her around is fascinating and the bare truth with which he bares his soul to her...his story is not romanticized one iota. It's a great film, and one of the only films to come out of Hollywood recently that has not portrayed Texans as gun-happy zealots. Wonderful.