David and Bathsheba (1951)
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For this woman...he broke God's own commandment!
|A sprawling. Action-packed epic that sweeps off the pages of the Bible and across the screen recreating one of the most torrid tales of passion ever told, Gregory Peck delivers a commanding performance as David, King of the Israelites, who falls in love with Bathsheba (Susan Hayward), a beautiful woman- and wife of one of his captains. It's a story of sin and redemption, a searing saga of love as burning as the sands of the harsh landscape on which it was consummated. A love that violated the laws of man- and God. David, once the Chosen One, now risks God's wrath, his kingdom, and the life of Bathsheba, who may be stoned to death for his sin!Format: DVD MOVIE|
Editor's NoteDAVID AND BATHSHEBA brings to life what is possibly the most dramatic story in the Old Testament. Gregory Peck stars as King David, a devout servant of God who is having serious marital difficulties with his wife Michal. Recently returned home from the wars with the Ark of the Covenant in tow, David spies hottie Bathsheba (Susan Hayward) bathing on a nearby rooftop, and in no time at all the two lovebirds are tossing their togas to consume their passion. Of course, there are a couple small hitches--Bathsheba's husband for one, and the wrath of God. With a drought upon the land and King David's flock demanding that Bathsheba be stoned to death for her sins, dashing David must come up with some new psalms on the double to save the kingdom and his love. Special effects work on the Ark was innovative for the period and the costuming is excellent, making DAVID AND BATHSHEBA one of the better biblical films of the 1950s.
Cast & Crew
|Alfred Newman - Original Music By|
|Barbara McLean - Editor|
|Darryl F. Zanuck - Producer|
|Henry King - Director|
|Leon Shamroy - Cinematographer|
|Philip Dunne - Writer|
Plot SummaryKing David's infatuation with Bathsheba, the wife of one of his soldiers, nearly causes the destruction of his kingdom when he brings the wrath of God upon his land.
|Oscar, "Lyle R. Wheeler, George W. Davis, Thomas Little, Paul S. Fox", "Best Art Direction, Set Decoration"|
|Oscar, Leon Shamroy, Best Cinematography|
|Oscar, "Charles Le Maire, Edward Stevenson", Best Costume Design|
|Oscar, Alfred Newman, "Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture"|
|Oscar, Philip Dunne, "Best Writing, Story and Screenplay"|