David and Bathsheba (1951)

David and Bathsheba




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This film is a respectable, slightly stodgy adaptation of the Old Testament story. King David, much beloved by the subjects and a war hero of long standing, falls victim to the sins of the flesh when he falls in love with Bathsheba, the wife of one of David's most trusted soldiers.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Faith & Spirituality, Romance, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Philip Dunne
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 7, 2007
20th Century Fox Film Corporation


as King David

as Bathsheba

as Michal

as Goliath

as Adulteress

as Jonathan

as David as boy

as Specialty Dancer

as Old Shepherd

as Egyptian Ambassador

as Samuel

as Executioner

as Executioner

as Executioner

as Jesse's 1st Son

as Jesse's 2nd Son

as Jesse's 3rd Son

as Court Announcer
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Critic Reviews for David and Bathsheba

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

This is a big picture in every respect.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

A reverential and sometimes majestic treatment of chronicles that have lived three millenia...In concerning itself with an ageless romance, "David and Bathsheba" admirably achieves its goal.

Full Review… | January 28, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Entertaining less as a Bibilical epic than as an epic exercise in extreme camp.

Full Review… | March 5, 2014

Typical lavish Hollywood Biblical treatment, but awash with juice, thanks to the force supplied by the three leads.

Full Review… | March 5, 2014
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Stale, earnest, and dignified (like most of Henry King films), this Biblical saga primarily served as star vehicle for Gregory Peck and Susan Hayward.

Full Review… | April 12, 2012

Audience Reviews for David and Bathsheba


A classic story performed by classic actors, Peck and Hayward do a good job in this movie, even though there are many boring scenes, the story and acting are good.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

The holes in Holy Scripture are left up to interpretation. What were the character's motivations for their crimes? How did the events of the Bible play out? The interpretation in this movie is by far interesting. A take that I did not consider. It's a good piece of art that does not conflict with the Bible. It even quotes the Psalms several times. I enjoyed it. Plus, Gregory Peck is muy caliente!

Dannielle Albert

Super Reviewer


Preposterous biblical extravaganza, it is so overproduced, a gaudy production, exaggerated sets and costumes. It isn't the least bit convincing, the acting is wooden by all, even Gregory Peck. Phony and awful.

James Higgins

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