David and Bathsheba

David and Bathsheba

Henry King (1951)

110min
U Certificate
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Review

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Here, Gregory Peck plays the King of Israel, who spots Susan Hayward's red-headed Bathsheba going about her ablutions and is instantly smitten, subsequently incurring the wrath of God and having to atone for his sins. More of a plodding, pompous moral debate than an epic, Henry King's movie eschews a lot of the DeMille-style orgies and battles one would expect. There is, however, a cleverly staged flashback to David's famous fight with Goliath, played by a six-foot-eight Pole called Walter Talun. Peck manages to exude nobility and Hayward is ravishing, in a Kansas farmgirl sort of way. But the Ark of the Covenant upstages them all.

Summary

King David embarks on a reckless affair with the wife of a loyal soldier, and arranges for her husband to be killed. In time the monarch starts to neglect his duties to his people, and incurs the wrath of God - who forces him to atone for his sins by sending drought and famine to plague the land. Biblical drama, starring Gregory Peck, Susan Hayward, Raymond Massey and Kieron Moore.

Cast & Crew

David Gregory Peck
Bathsheba Susan Hayward
Nathan Raymond Massey
Uriah Kieron Moore
Abishai James Robertson-Justice
Michal Jayne Meadows
Ira John Sutton
Joab Dennis Hoey
Director Henry King
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. LtdAvailable on: DVD
Drama