King David

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Overview

Director Bruce Beresford has safely stayed within the domain of the Bible and not strayed into patches of Hollywood fiction in this routine version of the story of David Richard Gere. For that reason, anyone unfamiliar with Biblical history might be puzzled by the episodic presentation of David's life. In the opening scenes, Samuel condemns Saul and anoints the young David as his heir, and in fairly quick succession David slays Goliath, incurs Saul's jealous wrath, leaves, and, much later, comes back to rule ...
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Overview

Director Bruce Beresford has safely stayed within the domain of the Bible and not strayed into patches of Hollywood fiction in this routine version of the story of David Richard Gere. For that reason, anyone unfamiliar with Biblical history might be puzzled by the episodic presentation of David's life. In the opening scenes, Samuel condemns Saul and anoints the young David as his heir, and in fairly quick succession David slays Goliath, incurs Saul's jealous wrath, leaves, and, much later, comes back to rule after Saul has died. Once David is on the throne, Bathsheba and then Absalom enter into the picture. Interspersed are brutal scenes of fighting, but not much in the way of motivation for David's complex behavior. Gaps in the narration or unclear motivation may be the result of trying to cover too many events in a 114-minute running time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/18/2014
  • UPC: 883316948163
  • Original Release: 1985
  • Time: 1:53:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 7,543

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Gere David, King David
Alice Krige Bathsheba
Edward Woodward Saul
Denis Quilley Samuel
Niall Buggy Nathan
Jack Klaff Jonathan
Cherie Lunghi Michal
Jean-Marc Barr Absalom
Ian Sears Young David
Hurd Hatfield Ahimelech
John Castle Abner
Tim Woodward Joab
David de Keyser Ahitophel
Anton Alexander Runner
Genevieve Allenbury Ahinoam
Shimon Avidan Young Absalom
John Barrard Benjamite Elder
Gina Bellman Tamar
Ishia Bennison Maacah
James Coombes Amnon
Mark Drewry Ishbosheth
Simon Dutton Eliab
Peter Frye Judean Elder
John Gabriel Jehosaphat
David George Messenger
David Graham Ephraimite Elder
John Hallam Philistine Armor Bearer
Jason Carter Solomon
Irene Lamb
Jenny Lipman Abigail
James Lister Uriah
Christopher Malcolm Doeg
Marino Masé Agag
Luigi Montefiore Goliath
Michael Mueller Abinadab
Aiche Nana Ahinoab
Valentine Pelka Shammah
Lorenzo Piani Guardian
Roberta Renna Zabad
Massimo Sarchielli Palastu
Ned Vukovic Malchishua
Nicholas VanDer Weide Young Solomon
Arthur Whybrow Jesse
Carl Davis Conductor
Technical Credits
Bruce Beresford Director
Terry Ackland-Snow Art Director
Ken Adam Production Designer
William M. Anderson Editor
Andrew Birkin Screenwriter
James Costigan Original Story, Screenwriter
Aurelio Crugnola Art Director
Carl Davis Score Composer
John Davis Production Designer
Martin Elfand Producer
Eleanor Fazan Choreography
Stuart Freeborn Makeup
Franco Fumagalli Set Decoration/Design
Peter Howitt Set Decoration/Design
Donald M. McAlpine Cinematographer
Sergio Mioni Stunts
John Mollo Costumes/Costume Designer
Lucio Trentini Production Designer
Robin Vidgeon Cinematographer
Christopher Warnon-Green Musical Direction/Supervision
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  • Posted April 10, 2012

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    David and the Bible

    This movie is one of the best, ever made from biblical sources. It makes the chapters of the books, I Samuel, II Samuel and the Psalms of David come to life before your eyes in vivid cinematography and production design. It is meticulously told to the details, even the rape of Tamar is narrated and the disapointment of Saul with the annointing of David as Samuel's heir to the Israelic monarchy.Richard Gere gaved a very covincing performance as King David. I am recommending this picture for those who wants a clear retelling of Israel's rich and complicated history!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    King David

    Pretty good movie. One of Richard Gere's movies I have not seen. Thank you, Sherry Pace

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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