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Actor Richard Gere ("An Officer and A Gentleman," "Unfaithful") gives a bravura performance as the lowly shepherd boy who ascends to the throne of ancient Israel in this compelling, thrilling biblical saga directed by acclaimed filmmaker Bruce Beresford ("Tender Mercies," "Driving Miss Daisy"). This panoramic drama brings David and his legendary Old Testament adventures to life, from his confrontation with Goliath to his self-destructive desire for Bathsheba.
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
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I do however strongly disagree with the advice David gives at the end to his son Solomon. He advises him not to listen to prophets but to listen to his heart. That is so contradictory to what the Bible teaches. "The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?." Jer 17:9
There are lots of unscriptural elements in this movie, but I did like the acting and beautiful scenery and it did make me pick up the Bible and see what it really says. Also nude scenes were unnecessary.
I did not like how they handled the Bethsheba story either. They made it look like her husband Uriah did not love her, but according to what God said through prophet Nathan, Uriah did love her.
Goliath scene was okay but they should have used the words in the Bible for that. They are so powerful. "You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied."
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.
David slew Goliath, this is probably one of the most significant stories of the Bible and they, the Director and Crew, maid it seem like a joke. David sees Goliath, walks up to him and slays him. What ever happened to the significant and important dialogue between David and Goliath. This would have been essential to the story of explaining why David was considered one of Israel's greatest king, a severe disappointment and despite what ever efforts they should have been thorough.
Watch video/ know where Psalms comes from. GREAT...
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