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29 March 1985 (USA) See more »
This is a movie about the life of Israel's king David. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Bruce Beresford 
Writing credits
Andrew Birkin (screenplay) and
James Costigan (screenplay)

James Costigan (story based upon The Books of Samuel I and II Chronicles I and the Psalms of David)

Produced by
Martin Elfand .... producer
Charles Orme .... associate producer
Original Music by
Carl Davis 
Cinematography by
Donald McAlpine 
Film Editing by
William M. Anderson  (as William Anderson)
Casting by
Irene Lamb 
Production Design by
Ken Adam 
Art Direction by
Terry Ackland-Snow 
Aurelio Crugnola 
Set Decoration by
Peter Howitt 
Costume Design by
John Mollo 
Makeup Department
Lynda Armstrong .... makeup artist
Colin Arthur .... makeup artist
Desideria Corridoni .... hair stylist
Franco Corridoni .... key makeup artist: Italy
Maria Teresa Corridoni .... key hair stylist: Italy
Graham Freeborn .... makeup artist
Kathleen Freeborn .... makeup artist
Stuart Freeborn .... makeup supervisor
Richard Glass .... standby contact lens optician
Giorgio Gregorini .... hair stylist
Daphne Martin .... key hair stylist
Stephen Rose .... chief hair stylist
Freddie Williamson .... makeup artist (as Frederick Williamson)
Marian Wilson .... hair stylist
Gino Zamprioli .... makeup artist
Production Management
Clive Challis .... production manager
Franco Cuccu .... unit manager: Italy
John Davis .... production manager
Laura Fattori .... unit manager: Italy
Mario Francini .... assistant unit manager: Italy
Marco Valerio Pugini .... assistant unit manager: Italy
Federico Tocci .... unit manager: Italy
Lucio Trentini .... production manager: Italy
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roy Button .... second assistant director
Antonio Gabrielli .... second assistant director: Italy
Mike Gowans .... assistant director: second unit
Steve Harding .... second assistant director
David Tomblin .... first assistant director
David Tomblin .... second unit director
Victor Tourjansky .... assistant director: Italy
Art Department
Alessandro Alberti .... assistant art director
Peter Aldridge .... stand-by stagehand
Elio Altamura .... property master: Italy
Luciano Antonetti .... chief plasterer: Italy
Terry Apsey .... construction manager
Maria-Teresa Barbasso .... assistant art director
Maurice Binder .... graphic designer
Peter Childs .... draughtsman
Fred Evans .... modeller
Franco Fumagalli .... set decorator: Italy
Lucy Hardwick .... art department runner
Maurice Jones .... chargehand stand-by prop
Bernard Kramer .... sculptor/modeller
John Lanzer .... production buyer
Charles Page .... propmaker
Andrew Palmer .... stand-by props
Maciek Piotrowski .... sketch artist
Angelo Santucci .... set dresser: Italy
Stephen Scott .... draughtsman
Danny Skundric .... dressing props
Bruno Tempera .... set dresser
Ivano Todeschi .... head painter: Italy
Charles Torbett .... property master
Fernando Valento .... construction manager
Francesco Valento .... carpenter
Peter Western .... stand-by painter
Sound Department
Stefano Bausano .... sound maintenance: Italy
Clive Copland .... sound maintenance
Alfred Cox .... dialogue editor (as Alfie Cox)
Robert Gavin .... assistant sound editor (as Bob Gavin)
Andrew Glen .... assistant sound editor
John Hayward .... re-recording mixer
Brian Marshall .... sound mixer
Ron Pender .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Bob Risk .... post-synchronization
Joe Seaton .... assistant sound editor
Terry Sharratt .... boom operator
Stephen Spencer .... assistant sound editor
William Trent .... sound editor (as Bill Trent)
Special Effects by
John Baker .... special effects technician
Jeff Clifford .... senior special effects technician
Dino Galiano .... special effects coordinator: Italy
Franco Galiano .... special effects
Fabio Traversari .... special effects
Kit West .... special effects supervisor
Trevor Wood .... special effects engineer
Sergio Mioni .... stunt coordinator
Stefano Maria Mioni .... stunts
Claudio Pacifico .... stunts
Angelo Ragusa .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Elio Bosi .... grip: second unit, Italy
Jean-Marc Bringuier .... Steadicam operator
Adam Cooper .... clapper loader
Ted Deason .... focus puller: second unit
Augusto Diamanti .... key grip: Italy
Colin Gardiner .... stand-by rigger
Vince Goddard .... electrician (as Vincent Goddard)
Gordon Gowing .... best boy
Keith Hamshere .... still photographer
Paul Kenward .... clapper loader
Nic Milner .... focus puller: second unit (as Nick Milner)
Douglas Milsome .... camera operator (as Doug Milsome)
Steve Murray .... clapper loader: second unit
Mario Schiavone .... gaffer: Italy
Bruce Sumar .... electrician
Miki Thomas .... focus puller
Mario Tursi .... still photographer: second unit, Italy
Robin Vidgeon .... director of photography: second unit
Jimmy Waters .... grip
Freddie Webster .... gaffer
Massimo Zeri .... assistant camera
Casting Department
Francesco Cinieri .... casting: Italy
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nic Ede .... wardrobe supervisor (as Nicolas Ede)
Stewart Meachem .... wardrobe assistant
Bona Nasalli-Rocca .... wardrobe supervisor: Italy (as Bona Nasalli Rocca)
Anne Thomopoulos .... costume assistant: Italy
Editorial Department
Michael Campbell .... associate editor
Robert Hambling .... assistant editor
Angelica Landry .... second assistant editor
Location Management
Frank Ernst .... location manager: Sardinia
Marco Valerio Pugini .... location manager
Music Department
Nick Barnard .... assistant music editor
Carl Davis .... conductor
Alfred Di Rocco .... music supervisor: Italy
Robert Hathaway .... music editor (as Bob Hathaway)
Dick Lewzey .... music recordist
Benjamin Luxon .... singer: psalms
Colin Matthews .... orchestrator
The Philharmonia Orchestra .... music played by
Christopher Warren-Green .... musician: orchestra leader
Transportation Department
Paolo Bernardini .... driver
Enrico Pini .... transportation manager
Other crew
Cate Arbeid .... production assistant
Sergio Casadei .... horsemaster: Italy
Nikki Clapp .... script supervisor: second unit
Caroline Cornish-Trestrail .... assistant to producer
Susan d'Arcy .... unit publicist
Allen Davies .... accounting assistant (as Allan Davies)
Patsy de Lord .... publicity assistant
Jack Dearlove .... stand-in: Mr. Gere
Eleanor Fazan .... choreographer
Marco Giannoni .... production assistant: Italy
Jo Gregory .... production accountant
Melissa Holm .... production runner
Marcello Lanza .... assistant accountant
Mark Mayling .... production runner
Renata Paccariè .... production assistant: Italy
Linda Rabin .... production coordinator
June Randall .... script supervisor
Luigi Riitano .... accountant
Gail Samuelson .... pre-production coordinator
Kathy Shaw .... production assistant
Phillip Small .... catering manager
Adalberto Spadoni .... production accountant: Italy
Antonio Stefanucci .... set-runner
Luciano Tartaglia .... assistant accountant
Franca Tasso .... production coordinator: Italy
Daniele Tiberi .... assistant accountant: Italy (as Daniele Tiberi)
Gabriella Toro .... production assistant: Italy
Jenny Wykes .... unit nurse

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114 min
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Actress Cherie Lunghi co-starring in this biblical legend epic had at the time recently starred in another film based on a legend playing Guenevere in the King Arthur legend movie Excalibur (1981).See more »
Factual errors: 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 »
[first lines]
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?* *Ransom?* Saul, for this you have betrayed your own soul in the sight of God. His instructions were plain enough: "... Spare nothing from the sword."
[beheads the Amalekite king]
Samuel:... When our tribes clamored for a king, to make us like other nations, I answered them: "We are not like other nations. The Lord of Hosts is both our God and our King." The people said, "We want a king we can see. We want a king of our own flesh and blood."
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9 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Underrated and unsung, 17 July 2006
Author: mikemckenzieradio from United States

It's biblically accurate. It has a gritty and realistic feel. Unlike the great De Mille films, the location and sets give it that stone age look that the Judea of that era would look and feel like.

Edward Woodward's performance as Saul is strong. His ability to contort and rant makes a very believable fit of dementia. The only person I think that could have played that better would be Dennis Hopper. Who knows, maybe someone will create another biblical film with him as King Saul.

This is a very unsung, and underrated film. Richard Gere's performance was nothing short of stunning.

The giant Goliath was real, menacing and evil. Bathsehba was a real-world, believable stunning beauty-natural. I wish there were more films of this quality when it comes to biblical stories.

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