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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 ... 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:

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?


Orson Welles, who directed himself in his own scenes in this Biblical epic, later portrayed a director directing a Biblical epic in Ro.Go.Pa.G. (1963). Welles, who portrays a king in this Biblical epic, narrated another Biblical epic, King of Kings (1961), off screen. Welles also narrated a portion of the Biblical work The New Media Bible: Book of Genesis (1979). 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 The Story of David (1976) See more »

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David and Goliath, Orson Wells as Saul.
29 June 1999 | by Jacknife-4See all my reviews

Released as David And Goliath, this is a very enjoyable classic Bible story. On the cover it is billed as an Orson Wells picture, however, Wells does not take the prominent focus. This movie explores the opposite side of the Philistenes gearing up for war against Israel, an aspect not usually covered in Bible stories. If you like classic film, this is definitely one that should be seen.

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