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David and Goliath (1960)
"David e Golia" (original title)

 -  Action | Drama | Family  -  28 May 1961 (USA)
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The story of the film is adapted from the Old Testament: The Philistines declare war on the Israelites and wrench the Arch of the Allience from them. Saul, the king of Israel, listens ... See full summary »

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Ivica Pajer ...
David (as Ivo Payer)
Hilton Edwards ...
Prophet Samuel (as Edward Hilton)
Massimo Serato ...
Eleonora Rossi Drago ...
Merab (as Eleonore Rossi Drago)
Giulia Rubini ...
Pierre Cressoy ...
Furio Meniconi ...
Asrod, King of the Philistines
Aldo Pedinotti ...
Goliath (as Kronos)
Dante Maggio ...
Cret
Luigi Tosi ...
Benjamin Di Gaba
Umberto Fiz ...
Lazar
Ugo Sasso ...
Huro
Ileana Danelli ...
Sarah
Emma Baron
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The story of the film is adapted from the Old Testament: The Philistines declare war on the Israelites and wrench the Arch of the Allience from them. Saul, the king of Israel, listens meanwhile to the words of the prophets who tell him that the new king will be a young shepard called David. But still David has to fight the enemy in form of their mighty giant Goliath. Written by Volker Boehm

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World's Greatest Story of Faith and Courage! The Story of DAVID the Shepherd Boy Who Became KING


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Orson Welles, who directs himself in his own scenes in this Biblical epic, will portray a director directing a Biblical epic in Ro.Go.Pa.G. (1963). Welles, who portrays a king in this Biblical epic, will narrate another Biblical epic, King of Kings (1961). Welles will even narrate a portion of the Biblical work The New Media Bible: Book of Genesis (1979). See more »

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David, Goliath and the dancing girls
26 April 2011 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Spaghetti biblical study elevated somewhat in status by the appearance of Orson Welles playing King Saul. Ivo Payer is David, the man who would be king of the Israelites, but who must first defeat Asrod, King of the Philistines (Meniconi) who's managed to lure the hermit behemoth Goliath (Kronos) as his secret weapon. Beginning with David's journey to Jerusalem, where he quickly establishes himself as a shepherd (or radical, depending on your lean), freeing the slaves and showing compassion for the wicked, he is taken in by the Prophets and groomed as the next King. His inevitable battle to the death with Goliath is a disappointingly brief action sequence, with Goliath shown in the distance to distort the height difference which is obviously far less than desirable. The bloody battle that follows is everything a sword and sandal movie promises to be, again, albeit too brief.

Welles is essentially a peripheral character although unsurprisingly, his performance towers above those around him; Massimo Serato as ally turned conspirator Abner does a reasonable job and although not as buff as a Steve Reeves or Brad Harris, Ivo Payer isn't as wooden as one might expect of films of this ilk. Meniconi too isn't bad as the evil Asrod, although why he would bet the house on a 6 foot maybe 5 inch Neanderthal who can military press an ancient stone tablet beggars belief. But then it did happen according to the Old Testament. Goliath was probably much bigger than depicted here – cinematography tricks fail to enlarge Kronos to the necessary proportions.

Colourful sets, appropriate score and functional dialogue (dubbed) permits some standard of entertainment and unlike most biblical epics, "David & Goliath" is compact at about an hour and a half. If you're home alone over Easter or Christmas, don't have high expectations and could cop a low-key sermon (scantily clad dancing girls an unexpected bonus), "David & Goliath" might keep you mildly entertained.


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