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"The Life of David Gale"
Director: Alan Parker
Stars: Kevin Spacey, Kate Winslet, Laura Linney
What happened: Yep, Kevin Spacey, one more time. This was a period when Universal Pictures, on the heels of a Best Picture win for "A Beautiful Mind," floundered a bit looking for players in things like Michael Hoffman's "The Emperor's Club" and this anti-death penalty drama from the great Alan Parker. Well, it wasn't taken seriously for too long, anyway, as the film was pushed out of 2002 and dumped in early 2003. When we finally got a look at it, we could see why. (I'm totally guilty on this one, by the way. I was pushing it hard as a real possibility…until I saw it.)