David and Bathsheba is the 1951 bible epic starring Gregory Peck. King David is a mighty ruler of Israel, but even he has flaws. He starts an affair with Bathsheba, one of his soldier’s wives. God sends omens and David learns that Bathsheba is pregnant. He sends her husband, Uriah, to a mission he knows that will get him killed. David marries the now widowed Bathsheba. The public finds out about it and demands that she be punished. Will God also demand a harsh punishment?
This is a decent flick with some troubling aspects. Logically in an adultery case, both culprits should be punished. But in the movie, only the women do. Many viewers may not like the film because of the sexist double standards. It helps that King David doesn’t want Bathsheba to take on all the punishment. What saves the movie is that God decides to be merciful. Other than that, it gives a plausible explanation of why somebody would want to commit adultery. Honolulu Bible epic fans need to rent this movie first.
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