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David & Bathsheba [VHS] (1951)

Gregory Peck , Susan Hayward , Henry King  |  NR |  VHS Tape
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gregory Peck, Susan Hayward, Raymond Massey, Kieron Moore, James Robertson Justice
  • Directors: Henry King
  • Writers: Philip Dunne
  • Producers: Darryl F. Zanuck
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • VHS Release Date: March 15, 1995
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6301412702
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,801 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

A sprawling. Action-packed epic that sweeps off the pages of the Bible and across the screen recreating one of the most torrid tales of passion ever told, Gregory Peck delivers a commanding performance as David, King of the Israelites, who falls in love with Bathsheba (Susan Hayward), a beautiful woman- and wife of one of his captains. It's a story of sin and redemption, a searing saga of love as burning as the sands of the harsh landscape on which it was consummated. A love that violated the laws of man- and God. David, once the Chosen One, now risks God's wrath, his kingdom, and the life of Bathsheba, who may be stoned to death for his sin!

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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars from the golden age of Technicolor April 25, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Though this film has only a few scraps to offer in the way of scriptural accuracy, it is a visual delight, and one of the very best examples of the lush Technicolor of the mid 20th century, with its deep cobalt blues and incredibly rich reds. The cinematography by Leon Shamroy, along with the massive sets and luxurious costumes (all three were Oscar nominated but lost out to "An American in Paris") make this a fabulous "sword and sandals" epic; it also boasts a dramatic score by Alfred Newman, and one of my favorite dance sequences on film, by the brilliant Jack Cole. One had to be very strong and athletic to do his choreography, and the dancer in this number is the great Gwen Verdon.
Gregory Peck is handsome beyond words as King David, and it's always a pleasure to listen to his resonant voice; his recitation of the 23rd psalm, and his prayer at the Ark of the Covenant, are memorable scenes. In this film David is a pale reflection of the Bible character, this story being more about a big Hollywood romance, and the trouble it gets him in along with his partner in sin Bathsheba, played by the stunning Susan Hayward, who maintains her tiny waistline even though she is supposed to be "with child".
Directed by Henry King, the script and score were also Oscar nominated but lost to "A Place in the Sun".
For a film that is faithful to scripture, see the excellent TV production starring Nathaniel Parker, but for simply lavish entertainment, vibrant color and a gorgeous cast, this film is a classic well worth viewing. Total running time is 1 hour and 55 minutes.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It Was Pretty Good Despite What Others Say... April 20, 2000
By Kim K.
Format:VHS Tape
I recently caught this when it was on cable at 3am. Unable to sleep at that time, I put the tv on just as the opening credits came on. As soon as I saw Gregory Peck & Susan Hayward's names I knew I had to watch it. It was a good story with great acting & I was glued to the set. Sadly, if this story were made today it wouldn't be anywhere near as good & would be panned by critics. If only there were actors of the caliber of Gregory Peck & Susan Hayward today. This is a movie I would gladly watch again.
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54 of 61 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars SIN AND REDEMPTION... April 21, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
This is the story of the love between David (Gregory Peck), King of Israel, and Bathsheba (Susan Hayward). It is a love that is doomed from the start, because she is the wife of one of David's army captains, Uriah (Kieron Moore).

David, uncharacteristically, wants Bathsheba at any cost. His is a passion that will not be denied. When she capitulates, it is to have great ramifications for all the parties involved. When their transgression and the lengths to which David went to secure Bathsheba for himself become known, it is Bathseheba who may pay the ultimate price in order to expiate their sin.

Gregory Peck seems ill at ease in this role and a bit stiff, though he revives at the end in order to quell God's wrath. Susan Hayward is beautiful, but she and Peck seem to lack chemistry. Jayne Meadows plays David's first wife, and she is very effective in the role of the woman scorned. Raymond Massey is excellent in the role of the prophet, Nathan, who calls David to judgment for his sin. It is Kieron Moore, however, who plays the role of Uriah, David's faithful captain and Bathsheba's cuckolded first husband, who steals the show.

This 1951 film, which received three Academy Award nominations, is a biblical epic that, despite some of its shortcomings, still manages to entertain the viewer.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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I never heard of this film until I saw it on amazon.com's "People Who Bought This Also Bought..." web feature. I am glad I saw it there, it is a very interesting 1950's film starring a very famous Hollywood star, Gregory Peck!

DAVID AND BATHSHEBA itself is a little low on action, but it redeems itself by being cram-packed with accurate Bible scenes, and intelligently re-arranged Bible scenes that do not offend the sensibilities of folks who know the actual Bible story well! It is probably more accurate than THE TEN COMMANDMENTS starring Charlton Heston, also from the 1950's, but Heston's film is more fun and more famous. Nevertheless, DAVID AND BATHSHEBA is very good, especially for being a nearly forgotten film that few people seem to know about.

Gregory Peck is awesome as the thoughtful King of Israel who strays from God as a mid-life crisis, but pays the price! Peck has the screen presence and intelligence to make an excellent King David during this era of David's life! Susan Hayward is okay as Bathsheba, (but she seems a little too All-American, strawberry blonde, instead of Jewish brunette).

The script follows the Bible pretty closely, concerning Bible scenes and characters. There is minor chronological re-arranging, and minor character development details not in the Bible, but throughout the film, the added details enhance the film without contradicting the Bible verses! A lot of the details are so close to accurate that I had to pick up my King James Bible to verify if they had gotten it right or not, and they usually had gotten it right! I even learned that the correct pronounciation is BATHsheba, according to this film and my King James Bible, though I always said bathSHEba! Watch and learn.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you realize things from this story that people don't like to...
People always point out that David just made one mistake, but never really take the time to see what the Bible says about what really happened to David afterwards. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Isaias Cruz
5.0 out of 5 stars 8TH GRADE
Published 18 days ago by season
5.0 out of 5 stars Great wholesome intertainment.
Great movie, These older movies are superb, there is no comparison to the modern Religious or history movies done today. I can't say enough about them.
Published 21 days ago by FERNANDO G.
4.0 out of 5 stars Hayward at her ost Beautiful
Peck and Hayward are very good together. Enjoyable but a little ponderous. Worth seeing for Hayward, with a surprising good performance from Jayne Meadows.
Published 28 days ago by Patrick M. Luci
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting!
This movie was so exciting. Doesn't seem like it was made so long ago. Kept your attention and a great love story.
Published 29 days ago by Marilyn D. Grimes
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
A definite 'must watch!' Portrays God's love and wrath so well. David represents each one of us so well with all our strengths and shortfalls.
Published 1 month ago by diana
5.0 out of 5 stars ALWAYS A PLEASURE!
I've seen this movie many times and thoroughly enjoy it EVERY TIME! It is the best fictionalized account of the story of David and Bathsheba that is out there. Read more
Published 1 month ago by V. CURD
4.0 out of 5 stars I like this movie.
I am glad that I can add this to my collection of movies, and to get it at a good price.
Published 1 month ago by David Haskins
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great one.
Shows the human side of David from the Bible. Strong acting and good representation of the Bible story. Glad I have it in my collection.
Published 2 months ago by jd
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Telling of the Old Testament Story
I am a great fan of Gregory Peck. His voice was very distinctive and his presence on screen was unmistakeable. Read more
Published 2 months ago by R. Burchfield
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