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DAVID

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DAVID is a two part television special which forms part of a 21 episode series dedicated to dramatizing stories from the Old Testament. DAVID opens with Saul being anointed King of Israel by Samuel. Regrettably, Saul is not obedient to God so Samuel tells Saul that God will anoint another as king, and Samuel goes off to find the shepherd boy, David. David is brought into Saul’s court to sing for Saul. After David succeeds in all he attempts, including battle, Saul drives David into the wilderness. Eventually, Saul and his sons are killed in battle, and David is appointed King. Regrettably, David also neglects God’s commands and sows the seeds of many future tribulations.

DAVID follows closely the biblical text, especially in terms of dialogue. In the program, miracles happen, God is in control and a biblical worldview is presented. This story has everything that Hollywood enjoys: namely sex and violence; however, both are treated with discretion by the filmmakers. Regrettably, the program looks as if it was shot on a limited budget, and so the settings and the battles leave much to be desired. Even so, DAVID presents a faithful, powerful morality tale clearly telling the viewer about God’s justice and His grace.

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(BBB, VV, S, N, A, 0, M) Biblical worldview; no foul language; moderate violence including battle sequences with blood shown but not the viciousness associated with contemporary feature battle sequences; implied fornication & implied incest − both rebuked; flimsy lingerie in Bathsheba scene; alcohol use; and, consulting the Witch of Endor & many references to God & His mercy.

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DAVID is a television special about the great King of Israel, who served as the benchmark for all other kings of Israel. This two part program forms the 11th and 12th installment of a 21 part series on the Old Testament produced by RAI in Italy, KirchGroup in Germany, Turner Pictures in the U.S., and several other international entities. This ambitious series, dedicated to dramatizing stories from the Old Testament, has produced some great successes, especially JOSEPH, and some episodes that have been severely wanting in production and entertainment value. Despite some noticeable budgetary constraints, DAVID is one of the better productions.

DAVID opens with Saul being anointed as the first King of Israel by Samuel. Although Saul is pleased that he has been chosen, he refuses to be completely obedient to God. After he fails to obey God’s command to execute all the Amalekites, including King Agag, Saul is reprimanded by Samuel who informs Saul that God will anoint another as the king of Israel. Saul is attacked by an evil spirit as Samuel goes off to find the youngest son of Jesse, the shepherd boy, David. God is pleased with David because David seeks after God’s heart.

To help calm King Saul, his ministers bring David into Saul’s court to play the harp and sing for Saul. It is clear that in Saul’s court, David has an unique opportunity to learn how to govern a nation. After David has succeeded many times at everything he attempts, Saul realizes that David is the anointed, and so Saul plots to kill David, and David narrowly escapes. Eventually, Saul and his sons are killed in battle, and David is appointed King of Israel. Regrettably, David also neglects God’s commands and lusts after Bathsheba, sowing the seeds of many trials and tribulations.

DAVID follows closely the biblical text, especially the dialogue, and makes God the central figure of the story. Miracles happen, God is clearly in control and a biblical worldview is presented in the two-part program. Moreover, the story of David has everything that Hollywood enjoys: namely sex and violence; however, both are treated discreetly by the filmmakers.

The disappointing aspects of this faithful adaptation may have been the result of budgetary constraints: Saul’s mighty army looks like a small rag-tag band of outlaws; battle sequences are truncated and puny; Goliath is about the same height as David and not the nine-foot giant of Scripture; and, the settings don’t have the opulence that Saul and David would have accumulated. These intimate and reduced stagings of the biblical history will cause some to complain. However, looking beyond its limitations, DAVID presents a very faithful portrait and a powerful morality tale. This epic program clearly tells us what happens to those who do not obey God and clearly presents God’s justice and His grace.

Jonathan Pryce plays a memorable Saul, although he is not as young as the Saul of the Bible. Leonard Nimoy is terrific as Samuel. Nathaniel Parker does a much better job as David than Richard Gere did in the 1985 movie version, KING DAVID, although it seems that dancing in the spirit is not something that actors can easily perform. For instance in the ironic epic starring Richard Gere, most critics pointed out his pathetic dancing in their scathing reviews of the movie. Here, the dancing by Saul and David is not much better. Perhaps, these actors should attend a few Pentecostal services or take lessons from Robert Duvall.

In the final analysis, it has always been difficult to translate Bible stories to the TV or silver screens, and so everyone involved in the production of DAVID should be commended for attempting to present the truth of Scripture in a dramatic manner. Perhaps the best way to enjoy this production is to read the appropriate sections of the Bible first (I Samuel 15 through I Kings) and then watch the video. Compare the Scripture with the program and learn more about God and His story.

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Now more than ever we’re bombarded by darkness in media, movies, and TV. Movieguide® has fought back for almost 40 years, working within Hollywood to propel uplifting and positive content. We’re proud to say we’ve collaborated with some of the top industry players to influence and redeem entertainment for Jesus. Still, the most influential person in Hollywood is you. The viewer.

What you listen to, watch, and read has power. Movieguide® wants to give you the resources to empower the good and the beautiful. But we can’t do it alone. We need your support.

You can make a difference with as little as $7. It takes only a moment. If you can, consider supporting our ministry with a monthly gift. Thank you.

Movieguide® is a 501c3 and all donations are tax deductible.