King David
King David (1985)

Bruce Beresford directed this adaptation of the story of David (played as an adult by Richard Gere), the Biblical hero who killed Goliath to become the second monarch of Israel.

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: March 29, 1985
DVD Release Date: November 18, 2003
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Critic Score: 8% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Though the overall problems may not be of his making, Richard Gere is of little help in the title role. Granted, he could have been truly awful (which he isn't), but he doesn't seem comfortable, either.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The film is stuffed with anonymous, identically bearded faces, and it drowns in them.

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Why on earth Gere decided to slip into his loincloth and do the samba across the screen is anyone's guess, but it's part of the enduring mystery that is King David.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

It seems a fundamental error to approach such a gory fantasia as though it were sober, four-square history.

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Ryan Cracknell
Apollo Guide

Little more than a timeline doodle instead of a deep and meaningful portrait.

Vincent Canby
New York Times

Directed by Bruce Beresford in the worried manner of someone who feels it a triumph just to have gotten all the kings, prophets, soldiers, frond-waving townspeople, horses and donkeys on and off the screen on time.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

What were they thinking?

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Flixster Audience Score: 41% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
This film had its moments. David killing Goliath was fun to watch, Absalom getting caught in the tree was a nice chase scene, and David seeing Bathsheba for the… More
Marion Ravenwood
I was bored in this movie, maybe because I didn't care around the end of the film.