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The Story of David (1976)

He was the chosen king who loved God and committed the acts of sin.

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Ernest Kinoy
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Timothy Bottoms ... David
Anthony Quayle ... King Saul
Norman Rodway ... Joab
Oded Teomi ... Jonathan
Yehuda Efroni ... Younger Abner
Antonio Tarruella Antonio Tarruella ... Goliath (as Tony Tarruella)
Ahuva Yuval Ahuva Yuval ... Abigail
Irit Ben Zur Irit Ben Zur ... Michal (as Irit Benzer)
Avraham Ben-Yosef Avraham Ben-Yosef ... Ahimelech
Yakar Semach Yakar Semach ... Abiathar
Ilan Dar ... Eliab
Dudu Topaz Dudu Topaz ... Abinadab (as David Topaz)
Ori Levy ... Gaza
Keith Michell ... Older David
Jane Seymour ... Bathsheba
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Fact-based story about the second and ideal king of Isreal, David. In this movie, we follow David's story from the time he was a young shepherd to his death as king. Along the journey of his life we see his accomplishments, his struggles, and his sins. Also, how he repented and how his humility brought him to peace with his sins and his conscience. Written by r2k443

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 April 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A História de Davi See more »

Filming Locations:

Israel See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The voice of Young Abner (Yehuda Efroni) is dubbed over. See more »

Quotes

King Saul: Let me tell you something David.
Young David: Yes?
King Saul: Never let an old man pour oil on your head.
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Version of David (1924) See more »

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Accurate and yet inaccurate
12 October 2007 | by JuguAbrahamSee all my reviews

Several aspects of the film startle you. Unlike usual Hollywood works on the Bible, this one indicates that population in the Holy Land was a lot less than today--only European director Pasolini's "Gospel According to St Mathew" came close to this fact. While the film is faithful to the text in most places (including art direction of David's first glimpse of Bathsheba), the film's veracity crumbles with the death of Absalom--whose death was linked to his long hair--shown in the film as merely being hit on the forehead by a low branch.

Continuity is s problem too. Joab's attempt to attack the Jebusite fort (later called Jerusalem) is depicted to gain David's favor. Soon we find he won David's favor, What happened in the interim is not shown.

Note: Michal and Abigail are played by two different actresses not one. A reader, Clayton Slaughter, of this review pointed out to me that the final film was the amalgamation of two films (one shot in Israel, the other in Spain) by two directors, which explains this oddity.

I prefer Bruce Beresford's "King David" with Richard Gere that has received more brickbats than bouquets. It had fine performances, good direction, and intelligent camera-work--although it took artistic license with the the story.


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