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King David (1985)

This is a movie about the life of Israel's king David.

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Israel circa 1,000 B.C. The adult life of David, who would eventually become King of Israel, is presented. The blessing of the Prophets, as the voice of God, is required before the King can take any major action. It is because God is annoyed with King Saul for not following his word that the Prophet Samuel, taking his cues from God, surprisingly and unexpectedly anoints David, the teenaged and youngest of Jesse's four sons, the next King. Regardless, it isn't until David's encounter with Goliath that he and many of the Israelites believe he could and should be King. Believing the anointing of David undermines his rule, King Saul, whose army is far outnumbered by those of the enemy Philistines, takes one measure after another against David and by association at the peril of his army in battles against the Philistines. These moves by Saul do not sit well with many, but especially his son Jonathan, who supports David as the next King. Over David's eventual rule as King, he will have his ... Written by Huggo

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The film was released in a number of territories around or before Easter 1985 or 1986 so as to connect with the religious festivities of that holiday period. See more »

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The "Star of David" on the shields and military standards is inaccurate. The symbol only came into common usage as a religious/national symbol many decades later. (Some believe during the middle ages) Assuming that this symbol represents David, as the name suggests, this would not be an Israelite symbol until the time of David's Kingship. This is out of place during the reign of King Saul. See more »

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Saul's guard: The king cannot speak with you now. He is engaged in the affairs of state.
Samuel: Since when have the affairs of state taken precedence over the affairs of God?
[shoves his way past and enters Saul's throne room]
Saul: ...Samuel. We welcome you. With God's blessing, our victory is complete.
Samuel: Is THIS how you show Him your gratitude... by robbing the Amalekites of their women and cattle? By holding their king in chains?
Saul: We were discussing a possible treaty. The king is to be ransomed...
Samuel: A *treaty?*...
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Version of A Story of David: The Hunted (1960) See more »

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Biopic about the Second King of Israel with spectacular battles and good production design in ancient times
19 August 2013 | by (Santander Spain) – See all my reviews

Exciting Biblical story with rousing battles , intense drama , love and hatred , being some moments proceeded in slow moving pace . The film focuses the epic David's epic life (1010-970 B.C.) , retelling his complicated family relationship , rebellion his son Absalom , and generally tackling the intricacies of his love story with Bathsheba. The movie takes place in the thirty-nine year period between 961 and 1000 B.C. , David , (Richard Gere portrayed him from ages as young as twenty-three to as old as seventy years), who had five wives , is a very human figure who is recorded in the Bible (Samuel, Books 1 and 2) , conqueror Jerusalen and author of the Psalms . King Saul of Israel is jealous of the fame and adoration of David, who long ago slew Goliath and brought victory to Saul's armies . It tells from the prophet Samuel (Dennis Quilley) appointed him , when after in his kingdom Saul (Edward Woodward , second of three films he made with Bruce Beresford) and his son Jonathan (Laff) were vanquished by Philistines . When Saul was murdered by a blade slashed himself, David claimed his reign by right of his marriage to Saul's daughter , Michal (Cherie Lunghi) . The continued threat and domination of invaders countries forced the Jewish tribes uniting under a strong king : David . He's specially recorded his acquisition of his favorite spouse , Bathsheba (Alice Krige), though he had a harem, too . After King David sees the beautiful Bathsheba bathing from the palace roof, he enters into an adulterous affair which has tragic consequences for his family and Israel . The new wife was accomplished by sending her husband named Uria the Hitita , a warrior serving as mercenary , into way in war . He is attracted to Bathsheba, the wife of one of his soldiers who is more devoted to army duty than to his wife . David & Bathsheba succumb to their feelings . Their affair, her resulting pregnancy, & David's resolve to have her husband killed so Bathsheba will be free to marry, bring the wrath of God upon the kingdom . David must rediscover his faith in God in order to save his kingdom from drought & famine, & himself from his many sins . His throne was marred by the habitual dynastic fights between his sons , Absalom (Jean Marc Bar) killed Ammon and after rebelled and then was murdered . There are developed various events about David-life , such as the arrival in Jerusalen the Ark of the Covenant with holy qualities ; David playing harp , in fact , David had entered Saul's household as a sort of musical therapist , the Hebrew politics intrigues and pitting against the Old Testament wrath of the Prophet Nathan (Nial Buggy) and , of course, David- Goliath (George Eastman or Luigi Montefiori) fighting is also seen , defeating with a throwing wave a ten-foot-tall Philistine giant . Finally , Absalom rebellion and killing Ammon, succeeded Salomon , son of Bathseba, he inherited the reign at David'death and became himself a major king of Israel , building the famous temple of Salomon where held the Ark . David and Salomon were the two great kings of Israel .

This Biblical epic contains good set decoration and art direction but some moments being a little boring that it makes stately pace . The movie gets a colorful cinematography by Donald McAlpine and evocative music score by Carl Davis. The motion picture was professionally directed by Australian director Bruce Beresford in his second American Hollywood movie whose first picture stateside had been Tender mercies. He's a good director with success (Breaker Morant) in Outback . Since the 80s , he has worked mainly in Hollywood and far away places (Mister Johnson , Black robe) with hits (Double jeopardy , Crimes of the heart, Tender mercies) and misfires (Silent fall, Her alibi , King David) ; however his own film-making has been overlooked . Although a number of actors have been prized in his movies, he has obtained too many flops .

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Other films about this Biblic king are the following : ¨David and Bathsheba¨ (1951) by Henry King with Susan Hayward , Gregory Peck and Kieron Moore ; ¨David and Goliat¨ by Ferdinado Baldi with with Orson Welles as King Saul , Ivo Payer as David and Edward Hilton as Prophet Samuel ; ¨A Story of David¨ (1961) with Jeff Chandler , Basil Sidney and Donald Pleasence . And ¨David¨ (1997) TV by Robert Markowitz with Nathaniel Parker as David , Jonathan Pryce as Saul , Leonard Nimoy as Samuel , Sheryl Lee as Bathsheba and Ben Daniels as Jonathan


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