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David and Bathsheba Reviews

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June 10, 2017
Early production in the mid 20th century collection of biblical tales, David & Bathsheba was the last pre-widescreen film before the era of super epics began with The Robe (first Cinemascope film). David & Bathsheba recounts the story of King David's torrid romance with Bathsheba, wife of one of his soldiers. Gregory Peck brings his intense demeanor to this iconic role. Susan Hayward, titian haired beauty, is the lovely Bathsheba, who sins with the king, knowing full well the consequences might be dire.
Alfred Newman has accompanied the film with an excellent score, concluding with a moving choral version of the 23rd Psalm (The Lord is my shepherd...). The only real action sequence is the confrontation with Goliath, shown as a flashback. The rest is old fashioned melodrama, not that that is a bad thing.
June 4, 2017
David and Bathsheba is an incredible film. It is about King David's affair with Bathsheba. Gregory Peck and Susan Hayward give amazing performances. The screenplay is well written. Henry King did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this motion picture because of the drama and romance. David and Bathsheba is a must see.
July 2, 2016
I have to admit that I greatly enjoy the swords-and-sandals genre, whether of Christianity or of other types. This was solidly directed by King and had strong performances by Peck, Hayward and Massey, and was greatly touching at the end when David discovers the overwhelming and incredible power of forgiveness, particularly he of himself. Heartily recommended--it deserved its five Oscar nominations, even though it wasn't much of a cinematic year, to be sure.
March 29, 2016
El director Henry King ("Twelve O'Clock High", "The Song Of Bernadette") nos presenta la historia del Rey David (interpretado por Gregory Peck) y su amor prohibido por Betsabé (Susan Hayworth). Puede que este drama bíblico no sea tan grandilocuente como "Los Diez mandamientos", "Quo Vadis" o "The Robe", pero es un buen trabajo que logra envolver de principio a fin y que incluye a dos grandes de la época dorada de Hollywood.
February 21, 2014
good sword n sandal bible bio-pic
November 27, 2013
I am going to have to pass on this one.
October 13, 2013
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 ;)
August 20, 2013
A biblical story is hard to be interesting if you stay earnest with the content. Indeed apart from David's redemption, the story never draws me in.
October 6, 2012
Gregory Peck and Susan Hayward set the screen afire whenever they are together in this epic true story of love, adultery, loss and redemption!
May 22, 2012
I love a biblical epic :-) Full on technicolour albeit a bit short on plot. Love it for having G Peck...
March 23, 2012
The Biblical story is overly embellished with unnecessary drama. To the point that it almost changes the story completely.
March 13, 2011
The Biblical story is overly embellished with unnecessary drama. To the point that it almost changes the story completely.
½ January 21, 2011
A great interpretation of what may have happened along the lines of a King's stormy and passionate love life affair between his women and his God .
December 9, 2010
Decent enough biblical film. Gregory Peck does a memorable performance as David. To enjoy this film you either have to be christian or a movie geek.
November 24, 2010
Possibly the best of the old classic bible films. Excellent cinematography and effects considering it was filmed in 1951. Gregory Peck is believable and excellent as King David. The dialogue is a bit trite at times, but still generally strong. Susan Hayward is beautiful and solid in the role, and Raymond Massey is a delight as Nathan. A bit plodding at times, but an engaging telling of one of the most famous stories of all time.
Super Reviewer
½ November 1, 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.
½ January 1, 2010
**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.
½ November 9, 2009
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.
½ October 23, 2009
Old movie but you can enjoy the drama, not Biblical in most of the cases!
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