David and Bathsheba

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King David and the beautiful Bathsheba's adulterous love risks David his throne, country and even the wrath of God. Told in occasional flashback, the film sees him conquer Goliath and lead his armies to victory before the prophet Nathan brings the word of Jehovah and His judgment, which sees David atone for his sins.

Cast & Crew

Gregory Peck
King David
Dennis Hoey
Joab
Walter Talun
Goliath (uncredited)
Paula Morgan
Adultress (uncredited)
Philip Dunne
Screenwriter
Alfred Newman
Original Music
Leon Shamroy
Cinematographer
George W. Davis
Art Director
Lyle R. Wheeler
Art Director
Paul S. Fox
Set Decoration
Thomas Little
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Critic Reviews for David and Bathsheba

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (1)

  • David and Bathsheba can best be described as Samson and Delilah with taste.

    August 5, 2019 | Full Review…
  • This is a big picture in every respect.

    March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
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  • 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.

    January 28, 2006 | Full Review…
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  • Entertaining less as a Bibilical epic than as an epic exercise in extreme camp.

    March 5, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Typical lavish Hollywood Biblical treatment, but awash with juice, thanks to the force supplied by the three leads.

    March 5, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Stale, earnest, and dignified (like most of Henry King films), this Biblical saga primarily served as star vehicle for Gregory Peck and Susan Hayward.

    April 12, 2012 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for David and Bathsheba

  • Sep 05, 2010
    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
  • Apr 10, 2008
    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 A Super Reviewer

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