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A Story of David: The Hunted (1960)

A Story of David (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 18 November 1962 (USA)
King Saul of Israel is jealous of the fame and adoration of David, who long ago slew Goliath and brought victory to Saul's armies. Now Saul, egged on by his Edomite counselor Doeg, attempts... See full summary »


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Gerry Day (teleplay), Terence Maples (teleplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Chandler ... David
Basil Sydney ... King Saul
Peter Arne ... Doeg
David Knight ... Jonathan
Barbara Shelley ... Abigail
Donald Pleasence ... Nabal
Richard O'Sullivan ... Abiathar
Robert Brown ... Jashobeam
David Davies David Davies ... Abner
Angela Browne ... Michal
John Van Eyssen John Van Eyssen ... Joab (as John van Eyssen)
Martin Wyldeck ... Hezro
Charles Carson ... Ahimilech
Zena Marshall ... Naomi
Alec Mango ... Kudruh


King Saul of Israel is jealous of the fame and adoration of David, who long ago slew Goliath and brought victory to Saul's armies. Now Saul, egged on by his Edomite counselor Doeg, attempts to have David killed. Saul's son, and David's best friend, Jonathan, conspires to help David, who is reluctant to fight back against his own people the Israelites. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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UK | Israel



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18 November 1962 (USA) See more »

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A Story of David: The Hunted See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Shot for television, but released theatrically instead. See more »


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Boring and slowly paced version about David/Jeff Chandler and his confrontation to king Saul/Basil Sidney
16 August 2017 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Below average British/American Biblical movie about two great kings and shot in Israel . A low-budget biopic about two first Israel Kings : Saul (Basil Sydney's final film , he died at the age of 73 and here he gives overacting) and David (Jeff Chandler) , including drama , love and hatred , being some moments proceeded in slow-moving . The flick focuses their epic lives , and particularly the relentless pursuit of King Saul , as the film narrates the merciless chase when King of Israel goes after David ; retelling their complicated relationship , rebellion , struggles and the intricacies in taking over the kingdom of Israel . Saul and David are very human figures who are recorded in the Bible : Samuel , Books 1 , 2 . The continued threat and domination of the invader countries : Amalacitas , Amonitas , Moabitas and Philistines forced the Jewish tribes uniting under a strong king , Saul . As prophet Samuel under divine inspiration appoints Saul as king . Later on , David claimed his rights for his marriage to Saul's daughter , Michal (Angela Browne) . King Saul is jealous of the adoration and fame of David , who vanquished Goliath and defeated Philistines . As Saul is egged on by his Edomite counselor Doeg (Peter Arne) , who is conspiring to attempt the David's killing . After that , David flees from Israel and suffering famine , enemies and himself from his many sins . But Jonathan (David Knight) , Saul's son , and David's best friend , helps him . David is reluctant to fight back against his own people , the Israelites . Shortly after , Saul and his son and heir Jonathan were vanquished by Philistines ; as Saul was murdered by a blade slashed himself . As David became king of the Jewish . David must discover his faith in God in order to save his kingdom from drought , starvation and tyranny . Along the journey of his life we see his accomplishments , his fights , betrayals and his sins . Also , how he repented and how his humility brought him to peace with his sins and his conscience . The harpist David , conquers Jerusalem and being author of the Psalms and whose heir was the infamous Salomon who built the temple of Jerusalem . David was the chosen king who loved God but also committed the acts of sin , though he , subsequently , regretted himself .

This is a Biblical story , fact-based tale about the second and ideal king of Israel , packing intense drama , family confrontations , and a strong battle of wills between Saul and David . Shot for television , in Elstree studios , but released theatrically instead , it was a flop at box office . Highlights of the movie are the bloody execution of a stubborn priest and the military parades . It contains evocative set decoration , interior filmed in UK studios , poor art direction , faded cinematography , and some scenes seem to be a little bit tiring that it makes stately pace . Furthermore , the yarn turns out to be unfinished . Duo protagonist is acceptable ; both , Basil Sidney and Jeff Chandler . The best acting is given by Jeff Chandler who provides stature to the role , delivering sincerity and bravura . Chandler was known , until his early death , for playing Indian chief Cochise , a dignified portrait well shown in : ¨Broken arrow¨ (50) by Delmer Daves , that was the first time the Red Indian was depicted as a human being rather than a brute savage merely to bite the dust at the hands of the US cavalry , as well as ¨Battle of Apache Pass¨ (1952) and ¨Taza , son of Cochise¨ (1954) by Douglas Sirk , this latter Jeff/Cochise is briefly glimpsed as a dying man at the beginning and handing over the reins of power to Rock Hudson as Taza . Although Chandler also played all kinds of genres , such as : ¨Return to Peyton Place¨(drama) , ¨Flame of Araby¨ (adventure) , ¨Merrill's marauders¨ (wartime , in his last film) , until his sad death at 42-year-old . In addition , support cast is frankly excellent , such as : Peter Arne , David Knight , the Hammer queen Barbara Shelley , Donald Pleasence , Robert Brown of James Bond , and a very young Richard O'Sullivan of Robin's nest.

Other movies concerning about these Biblic kings are the followings : ¨David and Bathsheba¨(51) by Henry King with Susan Hayward , Gregory Peck , Kieron Moore ; ¨Saul and David¨ (1964) by Marcello Baldi with Gianni Garco , Norman Wooland , Carlos Casaravilla , Aldo Sambrell , Pilar Clemens ; ¨David and Goliath¨ by Ferdinando Baldi with Orson Welles , Ivo Garrani , Ivo Payer , ¨A story of David¨ (76) by David Lowell Rich with Timothy Bottoms , Anthony Quayle , Norman Rodway , Yehuda Efroni , Jane Seymour as Bathsheba ; ¨King David¨ (1985) by Bruce Beresford with Richard Gere , Cherie Lunghi , Edward Woodward , Alice Krige and ¨David¨(1997) by Robert Markowitz with Nathaliel Parker , Jonathan Pryce , Sheryl Lee , Leonard Nimoy , Ben Daniels .

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