King David

King David

Director: Bruce Beresford Cast: Richard Gere, Alice Krige, Edward Woodward
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King David

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/18/2003
UPC: 0097360128444
Original Release: 1985
Rating: PG-13
Source: Paramount
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital]
Time: 1:53:00

Special Features

Widescreen version enhanced for 16:9 TVs; English subtitles; Dolby Digital: English Dolby Surround, French Dolby Surround

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Gere 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
John Barrard Benjamite Elder
James Coombes Amnon
Mark Drewry Ishbosheth
Simon Dutton Eliab
Peter Frye Judean Elder
David George Messenger
David Graham Ephraimite Elder
Irene Lamb Actor
James Lister Uriah
Marino Masé Agag
Luigi Montefiore Goliath
Michael Mueller Abinadab
Aiche Nana Ahinoab
Valentine Pelka Shammah
Lorenzo Piani Guardian
Roberta Renna Zabad
Nicholas VanDer Weide Young Solomon
Ned Vukovic Malchishua
Arthur Whybrow Jesse
Genevieve Allenbury Ahinoam
Shimon Avidan Young Absalom
Gina Bellman Tamar
Ishia Bennison Maacah
Jason Carter Solomon
John Gabriel Jehosaphat
John Hallam Philistine Armor Bearer
Jenny Lipman Abigail
Christopher Malcolm Doeg
Massimo Sarchielli Palastu
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
John Davis Production Designer
Carl Davis Score Composer
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

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Samuel the Prophet [6:52]
2. Anointing David [11:05]
3. David and Goliath [6:17]
4. Wed to King Saul's Daughter [11:31]
5. Ark of the Covenant [8:32]
6. The Promised Land [8:33]
7. Philistines [6:57]
8. Deadly Battle [10:33]
9. New King of Israel [10:42]
10. Bathsheba [5:06]
11. A Brother's Revenge [4:34]
12. The Merchant and His Servant [5:22]
13. The Assassination of Absalom [12:48]
14. Solomon's Kingdom [4:38]

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King David 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
alexphilAU More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Space3 More than 1 year ago
Pretty good movie. One of Richard Gere's movies I have not seen. Thank you, Sherry Pace