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King David [VHS]

3.9 out of 5 stars 181 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Richard Gere, Edward Woodward, Alice Krige, Denis Quilley, Niall Buggy
  • Directors: Bruce Beresford
  • Writers: Andrew Birkin, James Costigan
  • Producers: Charles Orme, Martin Elfand
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Paramount
  • VHS Release Date: April 16, 1996
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6300213927
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,491 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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By Alejandra Vernon HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 14, 2004
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When this film was released in 1985, the critics were not kind, but I love this film, and think it's a good telling of the story of David, based on I and II Samuel, I Chronicles, and the Psalms. Though much of it has been compressed (David's relationship with Bathsheba is limited mostly to the consequences of it for instance) and some creative license used for plot continuity, it has a tremendous amount of Biblical accuracy.
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".
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Richard Gere conforms gloriously to the role of David. His countenance changes and he makes for a fabulous King David. And Ian Sears made the perfect young King David. The story begins with the life of a lowly shepherd boy whose bravery and faith in his God ascend him to the throne of ancient Israel. Telling the legend from David's battle with Goliath, to his self-destructive love for Bathsheba, to the anointing of his son Solomon by the prophet Nathan to be the King Of Israel. This was a very interesting making of the life of King David. I would enjoy seeing it again.
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This can by no means claim to be a perfect depiction of the biblical story of King David but it is by no means a lost cause either. It is a pretty fair little drama. Some license has been taken with the scriptural story but it is more faithful than most film adaptations. It is also a pretty good movie.

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.
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Fantastic Art Direction, High Production Values, and a Superb Cast and Crew make this film the most visually accurate Old Testament Story ever given the Big Screen Treatment. Whoever was the technical advisor for this film did an excellent job in recreating the period. Edward Woodward is Outstanding as Saul (most of the cast is British, which lends a certain archaic dignity to the dialogue). Richard Gere also does a great job as King David.
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!
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What a fantastic and interesting way to bring this story of the bible to life. I recommend this movie to both my Christian and non-Christian friends alike. It brings David to life beyond the basic 'David and Goliath' story. It vividly portrays his successes and faults making him a bible character we can all relate to. But like many other religious films, it inspires you to look at your life and try harder. You leave the film wanting to be like David in his good times and avoid the mistakes he made during his bad times. A film beautifully done that is both inspiring and enjoyable to watch!
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Sigh. Awesome cast choice. Richard Gere and the supporting cast were great but they BUTCHERED the Biblical chronological timeline and destroyed one KEY POINT of King David's life, Bathsheba and Uriah. HOW DO YOU MESS THAT UP? They REALLY watered it down so much to the point that you MISS how serious it is was. The movie made it very subtle, like it wasn't serious to be a peeping tom while watching Bathsheba bathe, then have sex with her as a married woman which is committing adultery, he gets her pregnant, then intentionally plots to kill her husband, murders husband and then marries her. This key point was a domino effect that caused a "sword in his household." (Division and punishment).

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.
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