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An exceptional supporting cast includes Edward Woodward ("Breaker Morant," TV's "The Equalizer") as Saul, whose complex relationship with David is the catalyst for strife and conflict that threatens both kingdom and crown in this sweeping, exciting screen epic! END
Top Customer Reviews
Taking place from 1000 to 961 B.C., the costuming, sets, and artifacts are fabulous; filmed in Pinewood Studios, U.K., and on location in Italy, the cinematography by Donald McAlpine is wonderful. The score is also lovely, by Carl Davis.
The brief nudity in the wedding chamber sequence has in my tape, been darkened so as to be imperceptible; either this is a flaw in the tape, or an effort not to offend and capture a wider audience, which would be silly, as this is a very mature drama. It contains much brutal violence making it unsuitable for children, and the confrontation with Goliath for example (which is exceptionally well done), is one of four beheadings.
Richard Gere is a marvelous David, and stands up well against an excellent international cast. He was thirty-five when this was filmed, and is about as handsome as a human has a right to be. The actor who shines above all though is Edward Woodward as Saul. He is riveting, and it's a brilliant character study of courage mixed with jealousy, revenge, and madness.
This is far from being a "Big Bible Epic" with lots of well known stars, instead it's serious and beautifully acted, and perhaps arrived on the scene at the wrong time, that it was so unappreciated two decades ago. Total running time is 114 minutes.
"It is through the heart, the heart alone, that God speaks to man".
This film tells the story of King David, the successor to King Saul and the founder of the Davidic line. It begins by showing Saul's disobedience and goes from there to David's anointing as king. Even so, David will not lift his hand against Saul who is also an anointed king. The film demonstrates David's strengths as well as his weaknesses. He was a good man after God' own heart but he was by no means perfect. He pays for that imperfection.
This film is NOT the place to learn scripture but it does communicate the fundamentals of the story rather well and does so in a very viewable manner. It was enjoyable.
If you have a passion for Biblical or Historical Epics - this one delivers! The battle scenes (which are very well choreographed), chariot charges, and of course the duel between David and Goliath are all 'edge of the seat', 'toe curling action'
I really cannot praise this film too much!
The director of this movie messed this up and then tried to criminalize God as if the downhill of David's life was cruel of God and not a punishment because the movie plot is so unorganized. This movie puts the consequences of David's choice BEFORE he was rebuked by the Prophet Nathan. Do yourself a favor and just read 1 Samuel 16 to 1 Kings 2:10-11. The way King Saul and his sons died was much more brutal than the movie too. Also King David danced in his garments not his underwear like the movie. That was funny to watch but inaccurate.
The way it is written is so much MORE raw, real and powerful than this sugary movie. The Word of God is perfect and powerful. You don't need to add or take anything away.
King David, though a Flawed man, was transparent and a repenting man who truly Loved God. You can relate to King David because we all mess up, but having a heart devoted to God and repenting, you can get back up again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was suspicious when I first noted that the movie was only 1 hr. 53 min. David is a long story. You need an epic movie or a mini-series to cover it. Read morePublished 6 days ago by CAP
Of all the King David movies, this one is tops to me. In the primitive looking period scenes, without being there, I felt like I was there with what I saw as realism in this... Read morePublished 21 days ago by DAVID A FULLER
I enjoyed the movie, but I do think it's
far from being Richard Gere's best work. All the characters looked the same, no diversity. The story line was weak.
Wonderful production values summoned up the Iron Age very nicely (spear and sandal films are hard to do credibly with so many Jesus movies out there). Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rev. Richard Chrisman, Ph.D.
Tells it like it is - not word for word out of the Old Testament, but very good picture of a very important figure in history.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I did a BETH More women's Bible study on David. When the study was over, I purchased this DVD to show the ladies sort of as a fun end of the study get together. It was PERFECT. Read morePublished 1 month ago by R. Phillips
This movie hits most of the plot points of David's life story as told in the Bible, and it looks good while doing it! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kristin Van Tilborg
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