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David and Bathsheba (1951)

Approved | | Drama, History, Romance | 10 August 1951 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Henry King

Writer:

Philip Dunne (written for the screen by)
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Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gregory Peck ... King David
Susan Hayward ... Bathsheba
Raymond Massey ... Nathan
Kieron Moore ... Uriah
James Robertson Justice ... Abishai
Jayne Meadows ... Michal
John Sutton ... Ira
Dennis Hoey ... Joab
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Storyline

Though David has all the wealth, power, wives & children inherent for the King of Israel he does not have what he craves most: the true love of a woman who loves him as a man instead of as King. 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 Bathsheba from death by stoning, his kingdom from drought & famine, & himself from his many sins. Written by E.W. DesMarais <jlongst@aol.com>

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For this woman... he broke God's own commandment! See more »

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Drama | History | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 August 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

David et Bethsabée See more »

Filming Locations:

Sonoita, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,170,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to Guinness, this movie was the top money maker of 1951 in the US and Canada. See more »

Goofs

Peck wears the "Star of David" throughout the movie, which doesn't appear until the 3rd century CE and was not commonly used until the middle ages. See more »

Quotes

King David: Michal, I cannot find it in my heart to blame you for what you do... but you, Absalom, my son, have I given you cause to hate me so?
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Version of David (1997) See more »

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Intriguing Subtext
19 February 2001 | by jimthevenSee all my reviews

Old movie buffs will know why I'd call this one "The Man in the Grey Flannel Robe." Most Bible-based movies are basically schlock- what might call forth smiles and giggles here is how Peck, tries to raise consciousness on a variety of psychological and social issues with the spear carrying Neanderthals all about him. As a Great Romance, it falls flat as unleavened bread. But there is something gripping about this movie. Of all the big Hollywood Bible pictures it most strikingly conveys the ambivalent attitude of the Average American towards belief in the Biblical God. Billy Sunday's thesis is duking it out with H.L. Mencken's antithesis all through the script. Who gets the better of it in the Heavenly Chorus-backed synthesis depends on your point of view. Other than that, D & B boasts a good performances by Peck ( especially in the closing repentance scene) and by Jayne Meadows as his bitter first wife Michol, vivid, moody atmosphere (good idea to set most action at dawn or night), and the rousing rendition of the Twenty-Third Psalm at the end.


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