Israel circa 1,000 B.C. The adult life of David, who would eventually become King of Israel, is presented. The blessing of the Prophets, as the voice of God, is required before the King can take any major action. It is because God is annoyed with King Saul for not following his word that the Prophet Samuel, taking his cues from God, surprisingly and unexpectedly anoints David, the teenaged and youngest of Jesse’s four sons, the next King. Regardless, it isn’t until David’s encounter with Goliath that he and many of the Israelites believe he could and should be King.
Believing the anointing of David undermines his rule, King Saul, whose army is far outnumbered by those of the enemy Philistines, takes one measure after another against David and by association at the peril of his army in battles against the Philistines. These moves by Saul do not sit well with many, but especially his son Jonathan, who supports David as the next King.
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. Other cast are Edward Woodward, Alice Krige, Denis Quilley, Niall Buggy, Cherie Lunghi, Hurd Hatfield and John Castle.
King David (1985)
Directed by: Bruce Beresford
Starring: Richard Gere, Edward Woodward, Alice Krige, Denis Quilley, Niall Buggy, Cherie Lunghi, Hurd Hatfield, John Castle
Screenplay by: Andrew Birkin, James Costigan
Production Design by: Ken Adam
Cinematography by: Donald McAlpine
Film Editing by: William M. Anderson
Costume Design by: John Mollo
Set Decoration by: Peter Howit
Art Direction by: Terry Ackland-Snow, Aurelio Crugnola
Music by: Carl Davis
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
Release Date: March 29, 1985