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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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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 »


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" Am I a Dog, that you would send a boy unto me? "
15 May 2014 | by See all my reviews

From a free adoptions of several biblical sources, Umberto Scarpelli, gives forms to this biblical story, which is then directed by Ferdinando Baldi. Among all the several versions this is my favorite. It relates a time in ancient times when the first king of the Isreal, Saul ( Orson Welles) having been anointed by the prophet Samuel (Hilton Edwards) is seen now in the last stage of his rule and once again Summuel has advised Saul that a new king has been chosen. The choice is a son of Jesse called David (Ivo Payer). Saul's army has been challenged by the Phillistines and their new champion called Goliath. played by Kronos. The story of David and Saul is easily told, but in this movie version the writers have added, love, inner family conflict, ambition, and royal jealousy. As such the film begins to drag towards it's finally. Despite the dueling arms, little is seen which can add to the over-all movie. Still it's color is great, so too the panorama, all in all it's a great film for the 60's. Recommended to those who have time to watch a long drawn out biblical story. ****

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