King David (film)
Original film poster
|Directed by||Bruce Beresford|
|Produced by||Martin Elfand|
|Written by||Andrew Birkin
|Music by||Carl Davis|
|Edited by||William M. Anderson|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|March 29, 1985|
King David is an 1985 American epic historical drama film about the life of the second king of the Land of Israel, David. The film was directed by Bruce Beresford, produced by Martin Elfand and written by Andrew Birkin. The film stars Richard Gere in the title role, alongside ensemble cast such as; Edward Woodward, Alice Krige, Denis Quilley, Cherie Lunghi, Hurd Hatfield, Jack Klaff, John Castle, Tim Woodward, George Eastman, Christopher Malcolm, Gina Bellman and James Coombes in supporting roles.
King David was released by Paramount Pictures which was also the production company, on March 29, 1985, while in other countries it was released in 1986 and 1987. Upon release, the film received mostly negative reviews aimed for its screenplay writing, pace, some of the acting and the action sequences. However, Gere's performance and the cinematography were praised. In addition to being a critical failure, the film was also a box office failure with grossing $5.9 million worldwide against its $21 million production budget.
The film follows the life of David, drawing mainly from biblical accounts, especially I and II Samuel, I Chronicles, and the Psalms of David.
- Richard Gere as David
- Edward Woodward as Saul
- Alice Krige as Bathsheba
- Denis Quilley as Samuel
- Niall Buggy as Nathan
- Cherie Lunghi as Michal
- Hurd Hatfield as Ahimelech
- Jack Klaff as Jonathan
- John Castle as Abner
- Tim Woodward as Joab
- David de Keyser as Ahitophel
- Ian Sears as Young David
- Simon Dutton as Eliab
- Jean-Marc Barr as Absalom
- George Eastman as Goliath
- Arthur Whybrow as Jesse
- Christopher Malcolm as Doeg the Edomite
- Valentine Pelka as Shammah
- Ned Vukovic as Malchishua
- Gina Bellman as Tamar
- James Coombes as Amnon
- James Lister as Uriah the Hittite
- Jason Carter as Solomon
The film was not well received by the critics, with The New York Times calling it "not a good film". Review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a 'rotten' 14% rating. Richard Gere's performance in the film earned him a Golden Raspberry Award nomination for Worst Actor, which he lost to Sylvester Stallone for Rambo: First Blood Part II and Rocky IV.
Years later, Bruce Beresford said of the film:
I think there are a few things in it that are interesting. But, I think there are so many things that are wrong. We never liked the script... we never really caught the friendship between David and Jonathan. There weren't enough scenes between them. And David, himself – I think Richard Gere was miscast. He is a wonderful actor but he is much better in contemporary pieces.
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- List of films based on military books (pre-1775)
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- "King David (1985) - Trivia". IMDb.
- "King David". Pinewood Studios.
- Canby, Vincent (March 29, 1985). "Movie Review – SCREEN: 'KING DAVID,' A BIBLICAL EPIC". The New York Times.
- "King David". Rotten Tomatoes.
- "Interview with Bruce Beresford". Signet. May 15, 1999. Retrieved November 17, 2012.[permanent dead link]