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The Story of David -- Timothy Bottoms and Jane Seymour lead a talented cast in this two-part story of the life of King David. It begins with his legendary battle with the giant Goliath, and ends with his romance with Bathsheba and struggle to preserve Israel. The story of David is a legendary saga of a man after God's own heart.


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9 April 1976 (USA) See more »
He was the chosen king who loved God and committed the acts of sin. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (From The Hollywood Interview. 10 March 2009, 11:25 PM, PDT)

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Directed by
David Lowell Rich 
Alex Segal 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ernest Kinoy 

Produced by
Mildred Freed Alberg .... producer
Fernando González .... associate producer
Kuli Sander .... associate producer
Original Music by
Laurence Rosenthal 
Cinematography by
John Coquillon 
Film Editing by
Sidney Katz 
Miguel Pedregosa .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Nimi Getter .... gaffer
Other crew
David Noel Freedman .... consultant

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191 min | USA:240 min (including commercials)
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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The voice of Young Abner (Yehuda Efroni) is dubbed over.See more »
King Saul:Let me tell you something David.
Young David:Yes?
King Saul:Never let an old man pour oil on your head.
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Version of Saul e David (1964)See more »


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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Accurate and yet inaccurate, 12 October 2007
Author: Jugu Abraham ( from Trivandrum, Kerala, India

Several aspects of the film startle you. Unlike usual Hollywood works on the Bible, this one indicates that population in the Holy Land was a lot less than today--only European director Pasolini's "Gospel According to St Mathew" came close to this fact. While the film is faithful to the text in most places (including art direction of David's first glimpse of Bathsheba), the film's veracity crumbles with the death of Absalom--whose death was linked to his long hair--shown in the film as merely being hit on the forehead by a low branch.

Continuity is s problem too. Joab's attempt to attack the Jebusite fort (later called Jerusalem) is depicted to gain David's favor. Soon we find he won David's favor, What happened in the interim is not shown.

Note: Michal and Abigail are played by two different actresses not one. A reader, Clayton Slaughter, of this review pointed out to me that the final film was the amalgamation of two films (one shot in Israel, the other in Spain) by two directors, which explains this oddity.

I prefer Bruce Beresford's "King David" with Richard Gere that has received more brickbats than bouquets. It had fine performances, good direction, and intelligent camera-work--although it took artistic license with the the story.

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