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David and Bathsheba

  • Drama
  • 1951
  • Henry King
  • 110 mins
  • U

Summary

Biblical drama starring Gregory Peck, Susan Hayward and Raymond Massey. Returning to Jerusalem a hero, King David is drawn into an an adulterous affair with the beautiful Bathsheba.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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DavidGregory Peck
BathshebaSusan Hayward
NathanRaymond Massey
UriahKieron Moore
AbishaiJames Robertson-Justice
MichalJayne Meadows
IraJohn Sutton
JoabDennis Hoey

Crew

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DirectorHenry King

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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