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Director Bruce Beresford has safely stayed within the domain of the Bible and not strayed into patches of Hollywood fiction in this routine version of the story of David (Richard Gere). For that reason, anyone unfamiliar with Biblical history might be puzzled by the episodic presentation of David's life. In the opening scenes, Samuel condemns Saul and anoints the young David as his heir, and in fairly quick succession David slays Goliath, incurs Saul's jealous wrath, leaves, and, much later, comes back to rule after Saul has died. Once David is on the throne, Bathsheba and then Absalom enter into the picture. Interspersed are brutal scenes of fighting, but not much in the way of motivation for David's complex behavior. Gaps in the narration or unclear motivation may be the result of trying to cover too many events in a 114-minute running time. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi

Cast

Richard Gere
as King David
Edward Woodward
as Saul
Alice Krige
as Bathsheba
Denis Quilley
as Samuel
Niall Buggy
as Nathan
Jack Klaff
as Jonathan
Cherie Lunghi
as Michal
Jean-Marc Barr
as Absalom
Hurd Hatfield
as Ahimelech
John Castle
as Abner
Tim Woodward
as Joab
David de Keyser
as Ahitophel
Anton Alexander
as Runner
John Barrard
as Benjamite Elder
Mark Drewry
as Ishbosheth
Peter Frye
as Judean Elder
Irene Lamb
James Lister
as Uriah
Marino Masé
as Agag
Michael Mueller
as Abinadab
Aiche Nana
as Ahinoab
Valentine Pelka
as Shammah
Lorenzo Piani
as Guardian
Ned Vukovic
as Malchishua
Arthur Whybrow
as Jesse
Genevieve Allenbury
as Ahinoam
Shimon Avidan
as Young Absalom
Gina Bellman
as Tamar
Ishia Bennison
as Maacah
John Hallam
as Philistine Armor Bearer
Jenny Lipman
as Abigail
Christopher Malcolm
as Doeg
Massimo Sarchielli
as Palastu
Michael Mueller
as Abinadab
Arthur Whybrow
as Jesse
Ned Vukovic
as Malchishua
Shimon Avidan
as Young Absalom
Peter Frye
as Judean Elder
Valentine Pelka
as Shammah
Aiche Nana
as Ahinoab
Jenny Lipman
as Abigail
John Barrard
as Benjamite Elder
Ishia Bennison
as Maacah
James Lister
as Uriah
John Hallam
as Philistine Armor Bearer
Lorenzo Piani
as Guardian
Mark Drewry
as Ishbosheth
Anton Alexander
as Runner
Christopher Malcolm
as Doeg
Marino Masé
as Agag
Gina Bellman
as Tamar
Genevieve Allenbury
as Ahinoam

Crew

Bruce Beresford
Director
Martin Elfand
Producer
James Costigan
Screen Story
James Costigan
Screenwriter
Andrew Birkin
Screenwriter
Robin Vidgeon
Cinematographer
Donald M. McAlpine
Cinematographer
Christopher Warnon-Green
Musical Direction/Supervision
Lucio Trentini
Production Designer
Ken Adam
Production Designer
John Davis
Production Designer
Aurelio Crugnola
Art Director
Terry Ackland-Snow
Art Director
Peter Howitt
Set Designer
Franco Fumagalli
Set Designer
John Mollo
Costume Designer
Sergio Mioni
Stunts
Eleanor Fazan
Choreography
Stuart Freeborn
Makeup
Peter Childs
Draftsman
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