David: We are Your people, forever, Lord.
"King David" is a 1997 film about the second king of Israel, David. It was filmed in 1996 in Matera and Craco, Italy, and at Pinewood Studios in England. It was directed by Bruce Beresford and stars Richard Gere, Edward Woodward, Alice Krige, Dennis Quilley, Niall Buggley, George Eastmann, and Christopher Malcolm.
The New York Times said about the film, "...King David was not a good film, however it was good how the writers and Beresford made the movie as Biblically canonical as they could..." and the website Rotten Tomatoes
gave King David a 14% rating. Richard Gere even won a Golden Raspberry Award nomination for Worst Actor. Bruce Beresford later 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."
- Adaptational Villainy: To make David's affair with Bathsheba seem more sympathetic, Bathsheba tells David that her husband Uriah beats her. This is not stated at all in the Bible, where Uriah is described as an honorable man.
- Affably Evil: King Saul who was actually a righteous king at first, but let his jealousy of David and his envy towards David turn him evil.
- Asshole Victim: Uriah is turned into one by David's Uriah Gambit. The film keeps the scene where Nathan the prophet chews out David for killing him, which seems at odds with the film's depiction of Uriah as a mean guy.
- Awesome Moment of Crowning: David when he is crowned King of Israel and Judah in Hebron
- Hey, It's That Guy!: Alice Krige who played as Bathsheba was the same actress who played the Borg Queen in Star Trek: First Contact.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: King Saul when he goes to great heights to try and have David killed "...for the good of the people of Israel and Judah...and for my own family."