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Saul e David (1964)

David of Bethlehem slays the giant and becomes a rival to King Saul.


Marcello Baldi


Marcello Baldi, Emilio Cordero (story) | 4 more credits »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Norman Wooland Norman Wooland ... King Saul
Gianni Garko ... David
Elisa Cegani Elisa Cegani ... Akhinoam
Luz Márquez ... Abigail
Pilar Clemens Pilar Clemens ... Michal
Virgilio Teixeira ... Abner
Antonio Mayans ... Jonathan
Carlos Casaravilla ... Samuel
Stefy Lang Stefy Lang ... Goliath
Marco Paoletti Marco Paoletti ... David as a Boy
Paolo Gozlino Paolo Gozlino ... Joab
Andrea Sciré Andrea Sciré
Raffaele Romano Raffaele Romano
Dante Maggio Dante Maggio ... Abdon
Giorgio Cerioni Giorgio Cerioni


David of Bethlehem slays the giant and becomes a rival to King Saul.

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Adventure | Drama




Italy | Spain



Release Date:

June 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sibling Rivalry 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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SAUL AND David (Marcello Baldi, 1964) **1/2
19 March 2008 | by MARIO GAUCISee all my reviews

Much of the same comments I made in connection with Joseph AND HIS BRETHREN (1960; see above) apply here as well; in fact this is a Biblical peplum also found on the same 3-Disc 10 film collection I rented in time for Good Friday. Luckily, this is slightly superior in that one gets to see re-enacted events with which one is not much familiar (unless he is a staunch Bible reader or theologian). In fact, although the film opens with the perennial David and Goliath confrontation (which while swift is also remarkably bloody), it mostly concerns itself with the embittered and ever worsening relationship between renounced Israelite sovereign Saul and his champion warrior David who regularly makes mincemeat of legions of Philistines.

Saul is portrayed as a pitiful weakling by Norman Wooland (a surprising but not ineffective bit of casting) while blond-haired Gianni Garko is suitably imposing as the psalmist-harpist-warrior David of Bethlehem. As the story goes here, Saul’s persecution of David is so long drawn-out that the latter almost joins the Philistine ranks against his own people! While the handling of the material is insufficiently inspired to sustain one’s interest for two hours, as I said the main thrust of the narrative is fresh enough to distinguish itself from other cinematic versions of the Biblical tale I am familiar with: David AND BATHSHEBA (1951; with Gregory Peck as David), David AND GOLIATH (1960; another Italian costumer with Orson Welles as Saul) and KING David (1985; with Edward Woodward and Richard Gere as, respectively, Saul and David).

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