King David


Action / Adventure / Biography / Drama / History / War

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten8%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled42%
IMDb Rating5.2102350

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Richard Gere Photo
Richard Gere as David
Alice Krige Photo
Alice Krige as Bathsheba
Cherie Lunghi Photo
Cherie Lunghi as Michal
Gina Bellman Photo
Gina Bellman as Tamar
1.02 GB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 53 min
P/S 0 / 9

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by romanorum17 / 10

A Biography of Ancient Israel's Famous King

Based upon the Books of Samuel and Kings of the Holy Bible, this attractive and colorful movie captures the life and times of warrior-king David of Israel, who reigned three thousand years ago. Much of the movie is devoted to King Saul (Edward Woodward),David's predecessor. Woodward's performance is powerful, and captures well the personality of the biblical personage. Richard Gere as David does not make an entry until twenty minutes or so have passed. David does not even become king until the movie is well over half completed. But in general the film is more accurate than typical movies of this genre (for instance, like "Samson and Delilah"),although there are inaccuracies. For instance, the Star of David was introduced centuries after David's time and not while he was alive.

The film commences with King Saul and his officers waiting for the arrival of the prophet Samuel (Denis Quilley). The Amalekites have just been crushed. After Samuel arrives, he tells Saul that he has disobeyed God's commandment and that he has been reproved. Therefore none of his sons will succeed him as king. Samuel then meets with Jesse (Arthur Whybrow) to tell him that one of his sons will be Saul's successor. The elder and more military ones – Eliab, Abinadab, and Shammah – are surprisingly rejected (Scripture tells us that there were also other brothers). Jesse tells Samuel that he has another son, a shepherd called David. As he meets with God's approval, David is anointed with oil by Samuel. When the Philistines then assemble their army against the Israelites, they taunt them with their giant hero, Goliath (6'9" Luigi Montefiore, a/k/a George Eastman) and challenge the Israelites to a duel. When David with a simple slingshot unexpectedly defeats Goliath and beheads him, the Philistines flee in fright. Saul remarks, "An entire army at my command, yet it takes a shepherd boy to wipe out our disgrace." David never returns to his father; rather he stays in the military for ten years. Nathan (Niall Buggy) succeeds Samuel as prophet.

David marries Michal (Cherie Lunghi),Saul's youngest daughter. Skillfully playing music with his harp, David soothes the aging Saul's growing melancholy. Saul gradually turns against David, who flees. Pursuing David, Saul murders Ahimelech (Hurd Hatfield) and the high priests, who had given David shelter. Most of the dirty work is done by a gentile, Doeg the Edomite (Christopher Malcolm). Jonathan (Jack Klaff),Saul's son, befriends David, who finally flees to King Akiss (Achish, Tomas Milian) of the Philistines and stays for sixteen months. The Philistines challenge the Israelites to battle. At Gilboa, King Saul is defeated and killed along with his three sons. David's subsequent victory dance meets with Michal's disapproval (According to Scripture, Michal is punished for her action by barrenness). Then again, David does have other wives. He continues to preserve the sacred Ark of the Covenant, which contains the stone tablets of the Ten Commandments.

On a rooftop King David espies Bathsheba (Alice Krige) bathing and is immediately smitten. A complication is that she is married to Uriah. In reality Uriah was a decent husband sent to the forefront of attack by David to assure his death. For his sin, the firstborn son of Bathsheba and David did not survive beyond seven days. Also, David had to live by the sword. God eventually does find favor with David, however, when Solomon is born. But the rebellion of his favorite son Absalom (Jean-Marc Barr) grieves him, especially when he is killed in battle after his long hair gets tangled in a tree. The guilt-ridden David then decides to reform although we do not actually see him performing penance.

Even though we are told that the aging David defeated the Philistines, Moabites, Ammonites, and the Edomites, the ending is rather abrupt. Many of his later deeds are covered only in narrative. And David's last instructions to his successor Solomon are not factual. On a positive note, the movie is very attractive, and there are terrific location scenes (filmed in Italy and England) that feature classical symmetrical shots. When there is a battle, the scenes feature many extras and are well-done. In general, this film is a decent movie although not a classic; Edward Woodward's performance as Saul is worth the price of a rental.

Reviewed by MartinHafer2 / 10

So, do you want a Bible story or a skin flick? In this case, you get BOTH!

Who was the audience for this film?! This is one case where I honestly wonder if the people associated with this film were either mentally imbalanced or using drugs! There is no other explanation for why you would make a Bible story come alive and infuse it with nudity! Think about it--die-hard Christians certainly won't come to the movie or would be offended by the nudity and Atheists are hardly the type people who frequent Bible-themed movies. And, Agnostics probably just won't care one way or the other. So, apart from the actors' friends and family, just who is the intended audience? Now I am NOT saying the story of David should have been sanitized--after all, murder and adultery are part of the Biblical account. You really can't talk about David without Bathsheba in this film,...but being that explicit?! The people making this film must have been out of their minds. The public apparently thought so, as this was one of Richard Gere's few box office flops.

Reviewed by SnoopyStyle5 / 10

Richard Gere out of place

It's the life of David (Richard Gere) who would be the King of the Isrealites. Prophet Samuel chooses the youngest son of Jesse of Bethlehem. He dies and leaves a message to King Saul (Edward Woodward) that God has forsaken him but not his people. In the battle against the Philistines, David strikes down the giant Goliath. David befriends Saul's son Jonathan who saves him from Saul's plots against him. After Jonathan and Saul are killed in battle with the Philistines, David is crowned king. The Godly rule is brought down by David's affair with the married Bathsheba (Alice Krige).

Everything is fine until Richard Gere shows up. It's a bit slow sometimes but Woodward is a solid British actor. The scale is big enough when it's required. Goliath is great. It's all good but there is something too modern about Gere's beautiful hair. His mannerisms and his voice is too modern, too American and too different from everybody else. He simply looks out of place. Otherwise, this could have worked.

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