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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.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
... King Saul
... David (as Ivo Payer)
... Merab (as Eleonore Rossi Drago)
... Abner
Giulia Rubini ... Micol
Pierre Cressoy ... Gionata
... Prophet Samuel (as Edward Hilton)
Furio Meniconi ... Asrod, King of the Philistines
Aldo Pedinotti ... Goliath (as Kronos)
Dante Maggio ... Cret
Luigi Tosi ... Benjamin Di Gaba
Umberto Fiz ... Lazar
Ugo Sasso ... Huro
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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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 »


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Lifeless adaptation
8 December 2014 | by See all my reviews

At first glance, the story of David and Goliath may seem to be a good pick for a filmed adaptation of a Bible story - most people know of the story even if they are not religious, and it's a classic underdog making good theme. But thinking about it a little, an obvious problem rears its head - it's a SHORT story. The screenwriters of this movie had the problem of stretching things out to feature film length, and in the process made the story a pretty long and boring one. It's made worse by the fact that there's hardly any action. Also, some gentle humor here and there would have helped as well. Another script problem is that it doesn't get into the heads of the main players very well. David seems to blindly follow God's commands, Goliath is more or less a growling thug, and King Saul (played by a clearly embarrassed Orson Welles) only has a few brief scenes. The look of the movie is okay, but it's not enough to stop you from drifting off to sleep as you watch.

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