King David (1985)
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Richard Gere stars as King David in this film of the life of the warrior king, interpreted by director Bruce Beresford as a man convinced of his divine mission but unsure of how to carry it out. The Old Testament story of David is replete with pagan bloodletting and violence, reminiscent of Malcolm MacDowell's visions of Old Testament slaughter in A Clockwork Orange. David lives through fifty years of romance, brutal fights, and insidious betrayals, including his many wives, his traitorous son Absalom (Jean-Marc Barr), the weak-willed King Saul (Edward Woodward), and his childhood friend Jonathan (Jack Klaff). … More
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Critic Reviews for King David
Though the overall problems may not be of his making, Richard Gere is of little help in the title role. Granted, he could have been truly awful (which he isn't), but he doesn't seem comfortable, either.
It seems a fundamental error to approach such a gory fantasia as though it were sober, four-square history.
Directed by Bruce Beresford in the worried manner of someone who feels it a triumph just to have gotten all the kings, prophets, soldiers, frond-waving townspeople, horses and donkeys on and off the screen on time.
The film is stuffed with anonymous, identically bearded faces, and it drowns in them.
Little more than a timeline doodle instead of a deep and meaningful portrait.
What were they thinking?
Why on earth Gere decided to slip into his loincloth and do the samba across the screen is anyone's guess, but it's part of the enduring mystery that is King David.
Audience Reviews for King David
This film had its moments. David killing Goliath was fun to watch, Absalom getting caught in the tree was a nice chase scene, and David seeing Bathsheba for the first time was moving (yes there is nudity, but it is tasteful). There were half dozen, or so, other scenes that were interesting to watch as stand alone moments. That being said, the film as a whole was disappointing. The plot was hurried and difficult to follow, the dialogue was mediocre, and there was insufficient character development.More
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