- 1 hr 55 min
King David, starring Richard Gere in the title role, is a 1985 Biblical epic about the life of Israel's King David. Based on biblical texts, including I Samuel, II Samuel, I Chronicles and Psalms, the movie follows the life of David, from his battle against Goliath to the crowning of his son Solomon as the next king of Israel. The Israel of about 3000 years ago comes to life as we follow David's unusual journey. The movie begins with David as a young man surprised when the prophet Samuel anoints him as the next king of Israel. Samuel is played with dignity by Edward Woodward, who is riveting in the role. David's quick and unexpected rise is a slap in the face to King Saul, who is also upset about the close friendship between his own son Jonathan and David. Saul, a weak king who is unable to rally his people, becomes David's overt adversary after David slays Goliath. Once Saul dies, David returns to Israel to reign as king. Conflict arises between David and his wife Michal when he embarrasses her by dancing in public with the Ark of the Covenant in Jerusalem. David's journey takes a twist when he falls in love with Bathsheba after seeing her nude on a rooftop, steals her from her husband, then arranges for her husband to be killed. David becomes more complex at this point, his motives become mixed and he comes into conflict with his son Absalom. We get to step inside David's thoughts through an ongoing conversation between David and his God. King David takes viewers back to an era of quick and brutal violence. where the viewer can feel the grit of 1000 BC while walking through the epic scope of the real David's entire life story.