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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 »

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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 Pierre Cressoy ... Gionata
Hilton Edwards ... Prophet Samuel (as Edward Hilton)
Furio Meniconi 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:

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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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18 minutes were cut for the theatrical release in the U.S. for a reason unknown or top secret, to the general public. 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 »


Version of Bathsheba (2005) See more »

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Not Bad, for a Sunday Afternoon
5 June 2013 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In Jerusalem, the wicked King Saul (Orson Welles) is visited by the Prophet Samuel (Edward Hilton) after losing the Arch of the Alliance in a war against Asrod (Furio Meniconi), King of the Philistines. Samuel advises that God is not happy with him and the new king of Jerusalem would come from Bethlehem.

Meanwhile the shepherd David (Ivo Payer) loses his sweetheart and soon he is summoned by Samuel to go to Jerusalem as the chosen by God. He becomes King Saul's adviser, but the ambitious Captain Abner (Massimo Serato) plots a scheme to get rid of David, and convinces King Saul to send him as an emissary to meet King Asrod. David is challenged by Asrod to fight against the giant Goliath (Kronos) and the impossible happens: David wins Goliath.

"David e Golia" is a cheesy Italian epic based on a biblical story from the Old Testament and with the attraction of Orson Welles in the role of King Saul of Jerusalem. The sets are poor, most of the acting is only reasonable but this movie is not bad, for a Sunday afternoon. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "David e Golias" ("David and Goliath")

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