DirectorBruce Beresford Budget30 million USD Duration CountryUnited Kingdom
WriterAndrew Birkin, James Costigan Release dateMarch 29, 1985 (1985-03-29) CastRichard Gere (King David), Alice Krige (Bathsheba), Denis Quilley (Prophet Samuel), Edward Woodward (King Saul), George Eastman (Goliath), Tomás Milián (Akiss (uncredited)) Similar moviesDavid and Bathsheba (1951), David and Goliath (1960), Solomon and Sheba (1959), The Queen of Sheba (1952), Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)
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King David is an 1985 American drama film about the second king of the Land of Israel, David. It was directed by Bruce Beresford and starred Richard Gere in the title role.
The film follows the life of David, drawing mainly from biblical accounts, especially I and II Samuel, I Chronicles, and the Psalms of David.
It was filmed in 1984 in Matera and Craco both in Basilicata, and Campo Imperatore in Abruzzo, the Lanaitto valley (Oliena) in Sardinia, Italy, and at Pinewood Studios in England.
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.