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King David (1985)




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Bruce Beresford directed this adaptation of the story of David (played as an adult by Richard Gere), the Biblical hero who killed Goliath to become the second monarch of Israel.

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Alice Krige
as Bathsheba
Hurd Hatfield
as Ahimelech
Jack Klaff
as Jonathan
David de Keyser
as Ahitophel
Ian Sears
as Young David
John Barrard
as Benjamite Elder
Ned Vukovic
as Malchishua
Mark Drewry
as Ishbosheth
John Gabriel
as Jehosaphat
John Hallam
as Philistine Armor Bearer
Jason Carter
as Solomon
Peter Frye
as Judean Elder
David Graham
as Ephraimite Elder
Jenny Lipman
as Abigail
David George
as Messenger
Nicholas VanDer Weide
as Young Solomon
Lorenzo Piani
as Guardian
Aiche Nana
as Ahinoab
Shimon Avidan
as Young Absalom
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Critic Reviews for King David

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4)

Though the overall problems may not be of his making, Richard Gere is of little help in the title role. Granted, he could have been truly awful (which he isn't), but he doesn't seem comfortable, either.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

It seems a fundamental error to approach such a gory fantasia as though it were sober, four-square history.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…

Directed by Bruce Beresford in the worried manner of someone who feels it a triumph just to have gotten all the kings, prophets, soldiers, frond-waving townspeople, horses and donkeys on and off the screen on time.

May 20, 2003

The film is stuffed with anonymous, identically bearded faces, and it drowns in them.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Little more than a timeline doodle instead of a deep and meaningful portrait.

June 24, 2004 | Rating: 60/100

What were they thinking?

June 12, 2004 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for King David

This film had its moments. David killing Goliath was fun to watch, Absalom getting caught in the tree was a nice chase scene, and David seeing Bathsheba for the first time was moving (yes there is nudity, but it is tasteful). There were half dozen, or so, other scenes that were interesting to watch as stand alone moments. That being said, the film as a whole was disappointing. The plot was hurried and difficult to follow, the dialogue was mediocre, and there was insufficient character development.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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I was bored in this movie, maybe because I didn't care around the end of the film.

Marion Ravenwood
Marion Ravenwood

Super Reviewer

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