David and Bathsheba (1951)




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David and Bathsheba is a respectable, slightly stodgy cinematic adaptation of the Old Testament story. King David (Gregory Peck), much beloved by his subjects and a war hero of long standing, falls victim to the sins of the flesh when he falls in love with Bathsheba (Susan Hayward), the wife of Uriah (Kieron Moore), one of David's most trusted soldiers. His downfall begins when David orders Uriah into a suicidal battle, knowing that this will clear the way for his relationship with Bathsheba. His infatuation leads him to neglect his kingdom and his people, and invokes the wrath of God. Only after his land has been devastated by God's hand does David offer atonement. The film's lavish production values compensate ever so slightly for the long-winded script. David and Bathsheba was the last major "flat-screen" Biblical epic; it was filmed in 1951 B.C. -- Before Cinemascope.
Classics , Drama , Romance , Faith & Spirituality
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Gregory Peck
as King David
Susan Hayward
as Bathsheba
Jayne Meadows
as Michal
Walter Talun
as Goliath
Paula Morgan
as Adulteress
Teddy Infur
as Jonathan
Leo B. Pessin
as David as boy
Gwen Verdon
as Specialty Dancer
John Burton
as Priest
Lumsden Hare
as Old Shepherd
George Zucco
as Egyptian Ambassador
Allan Stone
as Amnon
Paul Newlan
as Samuel
Robert Stephenson
as Executioner
Robert R. Stephenson
as Executioner
Harry Carter
as Executioner
Richard Michelson
as Jesse's 1st Son
Dick Winters
as Jesse's 2nd Son
Johnny Duncan
as Jesse's 3rd Son
James Craven
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 25, 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 27, 2006
New York Times
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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

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

It is entertaining. Goes beyond the Bible to make for good entertainment, but we must remember most if this stuff isn't Biblical, even if it is entertaining ;)

Riplee .
Riplee .

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
Aj V

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**1/2 (out of four) The 1950's loved their bible epics and this one is one huge production. In fact it was the years biggest film. But bigger isn't better and the staging is not memorable. Two great actors try and save it. Gregory Oeck stars as David. He is a man of God, but when he gets a looka Bathsheba, played by Susan Hayward, he forgets about his wife and goes after the beauty. Not even Gregory Peck can breathe live into this overlong drivel.

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

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