Solomon and Sheba

Solomon and Sheba

Lobby card
Directed by King Vidor
Produced by Ted Richmond
Screenplay by Anthony Veiller
Paul Dudley
George Bruce
Story by Crane Wilbur
Based on Books of Kings
Books of Chronicles
Starring Yul Brynner
Gina Lollobrigida
Music by Mario Nascimbene
Cinematography Fred A. Young
Edited by Otto Ludwig
Edward Small Productions
Distributed by United Artists
Release date
  • October 27, 1959 (London premiere)
  • December 25, 1959 (New York City premiere)
Running time
141 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $5 million[1]
Box office $12,200,000[2]

Solomon and Sheba is a 1959 American epic historical romance film directed by King Vidor, shot in Technirama (color by Technicolor), and distributed by United Artists.[3] The film dramatizes events described in The Bible—the tenth chapter of the First Kings and the ninth chapter of Second Chronicles.

It starred Yul Brynner as Solomon and Gina Lollobrigida as Sheba; and features George Sanders as AdonijahMarisa Pavan as Abishag, and David Farrar as the Pharaoh. The screenplay by Anthony Veiller, Paul Dudley, and George Bruce, was based on a story by Crane Wilbur.[4] In February 2020, the film was shown at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival, as part of a retrospective dedicated to King Vidor’s career.[5]

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