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King David (1985)

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Bruce Beresford directed this adaptation of the story of David (played as an adult by Richard Gere), the Biblical hero who killed Goliath to become the second monarch of Israel.

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Cast

Alice Krige
as Bathsheba
Hurd Hatfield
as Ahimelech
Jack Klaff
as Jonathan
David de Keyser
as Ahitophel
Ian Sears
as Young David
John Barrard
as Benjamite Elder
Ned Vukovic
as Malchishua
Mark Drewry
as Ishbosheth
John Gabriel
as Jehosaphat
John Hallam
as Philistine Armor Bearer
Jason Carter
as Solomon
Peter Frye
as Judean Elder
David Graham
as Ephraimite Elder
Jenny Lipman
as Abigail
David George
as Messenger
Lorenzo Piani
as Guardian
Nicholas VanDer Weide
as Young Solomon
Aiche Nana
as Ahinoab
Shimon Avidan
as Young Absalom
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Critic Reviews for King David

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4)

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.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

It seems a fundamental error to approach such a gory fantasia as though it were sober, four-square history.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

The film is stuffed with anonymous, identically bearded faces, and it drowns in them.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Little more than a timeline doodle instead of a deep and meaningful portrait.

June 24, 2004
Apollo Guide

What were they thinking?

June 12, 2004
Shadows on the Wall

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.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

½

This is an attempt to tell the Biblical story of King David. They do a good job of showing the culture of the ancient Israelites but Hollywood seems to think they can be as fast and lose with Bible stories as they are with any other book. This movie isn't as bad as some of the movies made in the 1950's based on Bible stories but they did make a few changes. In the Bible it is told that David committed fornication with Bathsheba but in the movie it's covered up. Then they throw in a couple of nude scenes and should have had an R rating. It got a PG-13. The battle scenes are OK. I'm not sure they got the bronze age weapons correct. King David brought the secret of iron from the Philistines to the Israelites. This isn't shown in the movie but it is in the Bible. I've got this movie on Laserdisc. After watching this movie read the Old Testament. David is one of the major characters of the Bible. Everyone should read and know the story of David.

Donald White
Donald White

I remember seeing this in my teens. it's bible, but also down to earth. human flaws still reclaiming faith.

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