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David and Bathsheba
     

David and Bathsheba

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Director: Henry King, Gregory Peck, Susan Hayward, Raymond Massey

Cast: Henry King, Gregory Peck, Susan Hayward, Raymond Massey

 

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David and Bathsheba is a respectable, slightly stodgy cinematic adaptation of the Old Testament story. King David (Gregory Peck), much beloved by his subjects and a war hero of long standing, falls victim to the sins of the flesh when he falls in love with Bathsheba (Susan Hayward), the wife of Uriah (Kieron Moore), one of David's most trusted soldiers. His

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David and Bathsheba is a respectable, slightly stodgy cinematic adaptation of the Old Testament story. King David (Gregory Peck), much beloved by his subjects and a war hero of long standing, falls victim to the sins of the flesh when he falls in love with Bathsheba (Susan Hayward), the wife of Uriah (Kieron Moore), one of David's most trusted soldiers. His downfall begins when David orders Uriah into a suicidal battle, knowing that this will clear the way for his relationship with Bathsheba. His infatuation leads him to neglect his kingdom and his people, and invokes the wrath of God. Only after his land has been devastated by God's hand does David offer atonement. The film's lavish production values compensate ever so slightly for the long-winded script. David and Bathsheba was the last major "flat-screen" Biblical epic; it was filmed in 1951 B.C. -- Before Cinemascope.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Fans of Biblical epics will find a lot to like in David and Bathsheba; although there's little here that will appeal to those who don't look favorably upon the genre. The script is predictably overblown, filled with the kind of bombast and stilted melodrama that is to be expected. It's ridiculous, yet in its own strange way, it works. It is also, typically, both too reverent and too "Hollywood"-ized; also like most Biblical epics of the period, it takes advantage of its religious underpinnings to indulge in some lurid sensuality. The direction is big and broad, filling the screen appropriately yet ultimately rather sterile. But there's plenty of spectacle to fill the eyes, with gorgeous costumes, delicious Leon Shamroy cinematography, and fabulous sets -- and these things count for a great deal. David also has a stellar cast; if Gregory Peck is a trifle stiff, he still supplies the requisite power and charisma, and Susan Hayward is a delight as the luscious adulteress. (Stage fans will want to keep a sharp eye out for future musical theater star Gwen Verdon, who has a few moments in the spotlight as a specialty dancer.) Throw in a grand Alfred Newman score and some nifty battle scenes, and the result is a good, if occasionally dawdling, Hollywood excursion into the Good Book.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/14/2006
UPC:
0024543231080
Original Release:
1951
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:56:00
Sales rank:
953

Special Features

Closed Caption; "Once in 3000 Years" featurette with Gregory Peck & Susan Hayward; Theatrical trailers & more!

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gregory Peck King David
Susan Hayward Bathsheba
Raymond Massey Nathan
Kieron Moore Uriah
James Robertson Justice Abishai
Jayne Meadows Michal
John Sutton Ira
Dennis Hoey Joab
Walter Talun Goliath
Paula Morgan Adulteress
Francis X. Bushman King Saul
Teddy Infuhr Jonathan
Leo B. Pessin David as boy
Gwen Verdon Specialty Dancer
Gilbert Barnett Absolom
John Burton Priest
Lumsden Hare Old Shepherd
George Zucco Egyptian Ambassador
Paul Newlan Samuel
Bob Stephenson Executioner
Harry Carter Executioner
Johnny Duncan Jesse's 3rd Son
James Craven Court Announcer
Holmes Herbert Jesse

Technical Credits
Henry King Director
Jack Cole Choreography
George W. Davis Art Director
Philip Dunne Screenwriter
Paul S. Fox Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Charles LeMaire Costumes/Costume Designer
Thomas K. Little Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Barbara McLean Editor
Alfred Newman Score Composer
Ben Nye Makeup
Fred Sersen Special Effects
Leon Shamroy Cinematographer
Edward Stevenson Costumes/Costume Designer
Lyle Wheeler Art Director
Darryl F. Zanuck Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- David and Bathsheba
1. Main Titles [1:20]
2. The Scouting Mission [3:28]
3. Battle Strategy [2:12]
4. Return to Jerusalem [3:48]
5. Dismissing Michal [:08]
6. A Sight to Behold [3:59]
7. Bathsheba [2:36]
8. A Love Like No Other [3:59]
9. A Black Day for Israel [4:43]
10. Mount Gilboa [3:48]
11. The Ark of the Covenant [2:36]
12. With Child [2:29]
13. A Word With Uriah [4:51]
14. Failed Plan [1:01]
15. Ordered to Die [5:50]
16. God's Word [2:19]
17. The Wedding [2:50]
18. Wrath [5:20]
19. Punishment [1:59]
20. Accepting Her Fate [4:38]
21. Fighting Back [2:39]
22. In the Tabernacle [2:43]
23. The Anointed One [2:38]
24. King David/End Titles [3:34]

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David and Bathsheba 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This movie is not even based on the Bible. I found it both untrue and boring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago