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David and Bathsheba (1951)




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David and Bathsheba is a respectable, slightly stodgy cinematic adaptation of the Old Testament story. King David (Gregory Peck), much beloved by his subjects and a war hero of long standing, falls victim to the sins of the flesh when he falls in love with Bathsheba (Susan Hayward), the wife of Uriah (Kieron Moore), one of David's most trusted soldiers. His downfall begins when David orders Uriah into a suicidal battle, knowing that this will clear the way for his relationship with Bathsheba. His infatuation leads him to neglect his kingdom and his people, and invokes the wrath of God. Only after his land has been devastated by God's hand does David offer atonement. The film's lavish production values compensate ever so slightly for the long-winded script. David and Bathsheba was the last major "flat-screen" Biblical epic; it was filmed in 1951 B.C. -- Before Cinemascope.

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Gregory Peck
as King David
Susan Hayward
as Bathsheba
Walter Talun
as Goliath
Paula Morgan
as Adulteress
Teddy Infur
as Jonathan
Leo B. Pessin
as David as boy
Gwen Verdon
as Specialty Dancer
Lumsden Hare
as Old Shepherd
George Zucco
as Egyptian Ambassador
Robert Stephenson
as Executioner
Harry Carter
as Executioner
Richard Michelson
as Jesse's 1st Son
Dick Winters
as Jesse's 2nd Son
Johnny Duncan
as Jesse's 3rd Son
James Craven
as Court Announcer
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Critic Reviews for David and Bathsheba

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

David and Bathsheba can best be described as Samson and Delilah with taste.

August 5, 2019 | Full Review…

This is a big picture in every respect.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

A reverential and sometimes majestic treatment of chronicles that have lived three millenia...In concerning itself with an ageless romance, "David and Bathsheba" admirably achieves its goal.

January 28, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

David and Bathsheba misses true film greatness by a margin, mostly because Hayward can't keep pace with Peck and because director Henry King got carried away on occasion, with the sweep of It all.

January 14, 2022 | Full Review…

The Technicolor in David and Bathsheba... may in fact be the best American Technicolor I've ever seen. That is because its function here is not decorative and illustrative but, again, psychological.

December 8, 2021 | Full Review…

Entertaining less as a Bibilical epic than as an epic exercise in extreme camp.

March 5, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for David and Bathsheba


A classic story performed by classic actors, Peck and Hayward do a good job in this movie, even though there are many boring scenes, the story and acting are good.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

The holes in Holy Scripture are left up to interpretation. What were the character's motivations for their crimes? How did the events of the Bible play out? The interpretation in this movie is by far interesting. A take that I did not consider. It's a good piece of art that does not conflict with the Bible. It even quotes the Psalms several times. I enjoyed it. Plus, Gregory Peck is muy caliente!

Dannielle Albert
Dannielle Albert

Super Reviewer

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