David and Bathsheba

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David and Bathsheba is a 1951 historical epic film about King David made by 20th Century Fox. It was directed by Henry King, produced by Darryl F. Zanuck, from a screenplay by Philip Dunne. The music score was by Alfred Newman and the cinematography by Leon Shamroy. King David was the second king of Israel and this film is based on the second Old Testament book of Samuel from the Bible. Gregory Peck stars as King David and the film follows King David's life as he adjusts to ruling as a King, and about his relationship with Uriah's wife Bathsheba (Susan Hayward). It was shot entirely in Nogales, Arizona. Goliath of Gath was portrayed by a Polish wrestler named Wladyslaw Talun.

  1. Philip Dunne


  2. Henry King


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  1. Gregory Peck

    Gregory Peck

    King David

  2. Susan Hayward

    Susan Hayward


  3. Kieron Moore

    Kieron Moore


  4. Raymond Massey

    Raymond Massey


  5. James Robertson Justice

    James Robertson Justice


  6. Jayne Meadows

    Jayne Meadows


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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 3m

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  • August 10, 1951
    PG, Theatrical



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A review by talisencrw

By talisencrw

I have to admit that I greatly enjoy the swords-and-sandals genre, whether of Christianity or of other types. This was solidly directed by King and had strong performances by Peck, Hayward and Massey, and was greatly touching at the end when David discovers the overwhelming and incredible power of forgiveness, particularly he of himself. Heartily recommended--it deserved its five Oscar nominations, even though it wasn't much of a cinematic year, to be sure.

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