King David

Synopsis: 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. Over David's eventual rule as King, he will have his o
Director(s): Bruce Beresford
Production: Paramount Pictures
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114 min

In addition, all Amalechite land

between Edom and Gereh

to be given to Israel,

together with a ransom

of 100,000 shekels.

The prophet Samuel wishes

to speak with Saul.

He cannot speak with him now.

The king is engaged

in the affairs of state.

Since when have

the affairs of state

taken precedence

over the affairs of God?


We welcome you.

With God's blessing, our victory

is complete.

Is this how you show

Him your gratitude-

by robbing the Amalechites

of their women and cattle,

and holding their king

in chains?

We were... discussing

a possible treaty.

The king is to be ransomed...

A treaty?


Saul, for this

you have betrayed your own soul

in the sight of God.

His instructions

were plain enough.

He said, "I am resolved

to blot out these heathen

"from the face of the land,

for I am a jealous God,

"and I abhor

their abominable practices.

"Therefore, send for My servant,


"and tell him to fall

upon the Amalechites

"and utterly destroy them.

"Put them all to death.

"Men and women, children,

babes in arms, sheep and cattle.

Spare nothing from the sword. "


When our tribes

clamored for a king,

to make us like other nations,

I answered them,

"We are not like other nations.

The Lord of Hosts

is both our God and our King. "

The people said,

"We want a king we can see.

We want a king

of our own flesh and blood. "

Here are your kings

of flesh and blood.

Here is a king you can see.

I have sinned.

Saul, I weep in the dark

for you.

Forgive me.

I beg of you!

Even so has the Lord torn

the kingdom of Israel

from the house of Saul.

Soon, he shall

give it to another-

a man after his own heart,

and a worthier man than you.

"And the Lord said to Samuel,

'Do not mourn for Saul.

"'Fill your horn with oil,

for I am sending you

to Jesse of Bethlehem. "'

Blessings be upon you, Jesse.

On this day

shall the Lord God of Israel

choose Himself a king

from among your sons.

But... but Saul is our king.

God is not a man

that He should deceive you.

Which of my sons must it be?

My first son, Eliab.

The Lord does not see

as man sees.

Men judge by

outward appearances,

but the Lord judges

by the heart alone.

My second son, Abinadab.

My third son, Shammah.

The Lord has chosen

none of these men.

Have you no other sons?


You kneel before me

as the shepherd

of your father's flock,

but God has chosen you...

to be the shepherd

of His people Israel,

to unite His

scattered tribes

into one nation...

and to send the heathen

from His promised land.

My brothers are all soldiers.

Why not choose one of them?

It was not I who chose you.

It was the Lord God of Israel.

But I am the least

in my father's house.

You are a child

after God's own heart.

If I stand so well in His sight,

let Him command me face to face.

No man may see God face to face

and live.

God speaks to man through

the mouth of his prophet.

So be it.

When I have gone

the way of all flesh,

you shall be brought

before the king

by one of his sons.

Then shall the Lord

challenge you,

even as you

have challenged Him...

to defend His name

and His honor.

Have no fear, David.

The Lord shall not forsake you

so long as you keep His laws

and obey His prophets

without question.

There's no sense in waiting

any longer, My Lord.

Samuel will not come.

He will come.

No, My Lord, he's...

He will come!

Is Israel governed

by a king, Father,

or by the whim's

of a senile old prophet?

You cannot have the one

without the other.

And who's to say that Samuel

is not a false prophet?

If Samuel is a false prophet,

I'm a false king.

It was Samuel who anointed me,

even as he has rejected me.

The people still look to you

as their king, Father.

They have not rejected you.

The people will not fight

without Samuel's blessing.

Then at least permit me

to move them into position

while we await his arrival!

Abner's right, Father.

But what was his name?

The man who wrestled with me

until daybreak.

What man, My Lord?

It was only a dream, Father.

Well, if it was a dream,

send in my musician,

let me dream on.

Where is Samuel?

These are the last words

of the prophet Samuel.

"Tell Saul to lead

the people out

"against the Philistines

"and the Lord

shall deliver them

"into their hands,

"for though

He has rejected Saul,

He will not forsake

His people Israel. "

Samuel is dead?

He is, My Lord.

His soul rests at peace.

The Levite Nathan

will perform...


You talk to me of peace?

Dear God, my God,

why have You forsaken me?


You're David?

I'm Jonathan, son of Saul.

Your cousin Joab tells us

you're a fine singer.

You've come

to bring me to the king.

How do you know?

The prophet Samuel is dead,

isn't he?

Who told you?


What are you doing here?

Who's minding Father's sheep?

I know, you've just come

to watch the battle.

What are you doing here?


I've brought the boy, Father.

Have you seen Him?

Face to face?

I saw Him... once.

He smiled on me, too.

But at daybreak...

He was gone.

The Lord

Is my shepherd

I shall not want

He lies me down

In green pastures

He leads me beside still waters

He restores my soul.

Slaves of a nameless God,

once again I bring you

the challenge

of Goliath of Goth,

champion of the Philistines.

Where is your faith in your god?

Where is your trust

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Andrew Birkin

Andrew Timothy Birkin (born 9 December 1945) is an English screenwriter, director and occasional actor. He was born the only son of Lieutenant-Commander David Birkin and his wife, the actress Judy Campbell. One of his sisters is the actress and singer Jane Birkin. more…

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