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David and Goliath (1960)

David e Golia (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Family | 28 May 1961 (USA)
King Saul of the Israelites is visited in Jerusalem by the Prophet Samuel who foretells him that a war with The Philistines is inevitable and the shepherd David will become king.


Umberto Scarpelli (freely adapted by), Gino Mangini (freely adapted by) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Orson Welles ... King Saul
Ivica Pajer ... David (as Ivo Payer)
Eleonora Rossi Drago ... Merab (as Eleonore Rossi Drago)
Massimo Serato ... Abner
Giulia Rubini ... Micol
Pierre Cressoy ... Gionata
Hilton Edwards ... Prophet Samuel (as Edward Hilton)
Furio Meniconi ... Asrod, King of the Philistines
Aldo Pedinotti Aldo Pedinotti ... Goliath (as Kronos)
Dante Maggio Dante Maggio ... Cret
Luigi Tosi Luigi Tosi ... Benjamin Di Gaba
Umberto Fiz Umberto Fiz ... Lazar
Ugo Sasso Ugo Sasso ... Huro
Ileana Danelli Ileana Danelli ... Sarah
Emma Baron ... Anna - mother of David


The story of the film is adapted from the Old Testament: The Philistines declare war on the Israelites and wrench the Arch of the Alliance 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 shepherd 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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English | Italian

Release Date:

28 May 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

David and Goliath See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ansa, Dubrava Film See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Italian censorship visa #31121 issued January 21, 1960. MPAA certificate #19764. January 21st, 1960, was a Thursday, in the United States of America. See more »

Alternate Versions

Although the cinema version was complete the 2006 UK DVD release was cut by 2 secs to edit a scene of a horse being tripped. See more »


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Shallow treatment of the great theatrical drama of the rise of King David.
29 April 2019 | by clanciaiSee all my reviews

The best thing about this film is the music by Carlo Innocenzi, which is the one thing that is good enough to keep up any interest in this soap opera, loosely based on the Bible and making a mess of it, whisking away some of the most interesting psychological dramatic material ever written, which is a shame, because the text describing these events is actually quite comprehensive. The second best thing is the acting by Orson Welles as the godforsaken King Saul but even more Hilton Edwards as the prophet Samuel, making a grand entrance on his crutches and dominating every scene he appears in, a grand old actor actually making this film worth seeing in spite of its shallow use of a great material. Abner, another good actor (Massimo Serato) is made a villain here, while he actually later became King David's chief general. Even Orson Welles could have made more of such a fantastically fascinating case as the tragedy of King Saul. Poor show of a great story.

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