The tribes of Israel need to defeat the superior might of the Philistines: "Now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have." (I Samuel, 8:5). And so the prophet Samuel ... See full summary »




Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »




Complete series cast summary:
Maurice Roëves ...  Joab 2 episodes, 1997
Gina Bellman ...  Michal 2 episodes, 1997
Lina Sastri Lina Sastri ...  Abigail 2 episodes, 1997
Joseph Long ...  Main Servant 2 episodes, 1997
Jeremy Peters Jeremy Peters ...  Mahalon 2 episodes, 1997
Roger Hammond ...  King Achich 2 episodes, 1997
Alan Parnaby Alan Parnaby ...  First Soldier 2 episodes, 1997
Ahmed Boulane ...  Judge 1 2 episodes, 1997
Mohamed Razine Mohamed Razine ...  Judge 2 2 episodes, 1997
Mohamed Bensouda Mohamed Bensouda ...  Young Man 2 episodes, 1997
Mohamed Tsouli Mohamed Tsouli ...  Elder with Shannah 2 episodes, 1997
Abdellah Lamrani Abdellah Lamrani ...  Second Elder with Shannah 2 episodes, 1997
Mohamed Khaddy Mohamed Khaddy ...  Captain 2 episodes, 1997
Younes Megri Younes Megri ...  Foot Soldier 2 episodes, 1997
Adil Besri Adil Besri ...  Second Foot Soldier 2 episodes, 1997
Mustapha Salamat Mustapha Salamat ...  First Elder Manahaim 2 episodes, 1997
Mohamed Basri Mohamed Basri ...  Second Elder Manahaim 2 episodes, 1997


The tribes of Israel need to defeat the superior might of the Philistines: "Now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have." (I Samuel, 8:5). And so the prophet Samuel gives the Hebrews their first king, Saul, a simple farmer, who with God's help becomes a brave and mighty warlord who leads the united tribes of Israel against their enemies. Saul, however, has incessant doubts about his mission. Not trustful enough of divine wisdom, he acts of his own accord and thus sins against the Lord. The influential prophet Samuel turns away from Saul in order to select a new king according to God's will: David. He is still a young boy, tending sheep in the fields, when, secretly Samuel oints him as the next king of the Israelites. When David - as courageous as he is intelligent - emerges victorious from his encounter with Goliath, the Philistines' most powerful warrior, he becomes a hero. His fame arouses the jealousy of King Saul, who senses that David is going to dispute his... Written by Anonymous

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It is the second movie in why Franco Nero appeared as a Biblical figure. He appeared as Abel in John Huston's The Bible: In the Beginning... (1966). See more »

Alternate Versions

The American Shout!Factory version of the miniseries deletes the following scenes: The scene in which Samuel meets David and anoints him as the next king. The scene in which David meets Saul and plays the harp for him. See more »


Version of Saul e David (1964) See more »

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Rousing, interesting, riveting portrayals
27 March 2001 | by joshualiederSee all my reviews

Attractive actors, realistic speech, The Words of David (on occasion) and good production values make this is an exceptional entertainment. If you know very little about David, this film helps bring his life into more into focus.

A flawed man who still found favor with God. I recommend this film for anyone interested in furthering their understanding of early Old Testament men/women.

I had forgotten David had so many "wives". I also found David's dancing in the front of the covenant very realistic. It was a dance of real joy in the film and not one of "madness" as some have suggested. I thought to myself watching this film....yes that makes more sense now.

The actor who played Absalom is quite good and his part of this David portrayal is riveting.

As a result of watching this film, I will seek out more of TNT's film series. Well Done!

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6 April 1997 (USA) See more »

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Ifrane, Morocco See more »


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$15,000,000 (estimated)
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