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King David (1985)

This is a movie about the life of Israel's king David.

Director:

Bruce Beresford

Writers:

Andrew Birkin (screenplay), James Costigan (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Gere ... David
Edward Woodward ... Saul
Alice Krige ... Bathsheba
Denis Quilley ... Samuel
Niall Buggy Niall Buggy ... Nathan
Cherie Lunghi ... Michal
Hurd Hatfield ... Ahimelech
Jack Klaff ... Jonathan
John Castle ... Abner
Tim Woodward ... Joab
David de Keyser David de Keyser ... Ahitophel
Ian Sears Ian Sears ... Young David
Simon Dutton ... Eliab
Jean-Marc Barr ... Absalom
Arthur Whybrow Arthur Whybrow ... Jesse
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Storyline

Israel circa 1,000 B.C. The adult life of David, who would eventually become King of Israel, is presented. The blessing of the Prophets, as the voice of God, is required before the King can take any major action. It is because God is annoyed with King Saul for not following his word that the Prophet Samuel, taking his cues from God, surprisingly and unexpectedly anoints David, the teenaged and youngest of Jesse's four sons, the next King. Regardless, it isn't until David's encounter with Goliath that he and many of the Israelites believe he could and should be King. Believing the anointing of David undermines his rule, King Saul, whose army is far outnumbered by those of the enemy Philistines, takes one measure after another against David and by association at the peril of his army in battles against the Philistines. These moves by Saul do not sit well with many, but especially his son Jonathan, who supports David as the next King. Over David's eventual rule as King, he will have his ... Written by Huggo

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Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le roi David See more »

Filming Locations:

Abruzzo, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,212,481, 31 March 1985, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$5,111,099, 31 December 1985
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Rankcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Soon after the film came out in the UK, actor Denis Quilley who has a key cameo in the movie, was interviewed on radio in which he gave the impression he was embarrassed by the film. See more »

Goofs

In Saul's final battle scene, a warrior is lassoed around the neck and dragged behind a chariot. However, the camera angles show that he is attached to a rope tied around his waist under his costume. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Saul's guard: The king cannot speak with you now. He is engaged in the affairs of state.
Samuel: Since when have the affairs of state taken precedence over the affairs of God?
[shoves his way past and enters Saul's throne room]
Saul: ...Samuel. We welcome you. With God's blessing, our victory is complete.
Samuel: Is THIS how you show Him your gratitude... by robbing the Amalekites of their women and cattle? By holding their king in chains?
Saul: We were discussing a possible treaty. The king is to be ransomed...
Samuel: A *treaty?*...
[...]
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Underrated and unsung
17 July 2006 | by mikemckenzieradioSee all my reviews

It's biblically accurate. It has a gritty and realistic feel. Unlike the great De Mille films, the location and sets give it that stone age look that the Judea of that era would look and feel like.

Edward Woodward's performance as Saul is strong. His ability to contort and rant makes a very believable fit of dementia. The only person I think that could have played that better would be Dennis Hopper. Who knows, maybe someone will create another biblical film with him as King Saul.

This is a very unsung, and underrated film. Richard Gere's performance was nothing short of stunning.

The giant Goliath was real, menacing and evil. Bathsehba was a real-world, believable stunning beauty-natural. I wish there were more films of this quality when it comes to biblical stories.


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