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The Silver Chalice (1954)




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Based on the novel by Thomas Costain, this epic follows the adventures of a Greek sculptor, Basil (Paul Newman), as he travels through a series of adventures and eventually winds up in Jerusalem where he meets up with Peter (Lorne Greene) who hires him to design a way of safely preserving the chalice used by Jesus at the Last Supper. This film was the screen debut of both Paul Newman and Lorne Greene.

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E.G. Marshall
as Ignatius
Ian Wolfe
as Theron
Natalie Wood
as Helena as a Girl
Peter Reynolds
as Basil as a Boy
Mel Welles
as Marcos
Jack Raine
as Magistrate
Beryl Machin
as Eulalia
John Sheffield
as Witnesses to Adoption
John Marlowe
as Witnesses to Adoption
Paul Power
as Witnesses to Adoption
Harry Wilson
as Ruffian
Charles Bewley
as Roman Commander
David Bond
as Cameleer
Allen Michaelson
as High Priest
Lester Sharpe
as Oasis Keeper
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Critic Reviews for The Silver Chalice

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

Like the Thomas B. Costain book, the picture is overdrawn and sometimes tedious, but producer-director Victor Saville still manages to instill interest in what's going on, and even hits a feeling of excitement occasionally.

June 17, 2008 | Full Review…

Though it is lavish and sweeping in execution, The Silver Chalice, for all of its august and religious aspects, is not an imposing offering.

October 31, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The pic is so bad, you can hear the dogs barking.

April 6, 2010 | Rating: C | Full Review…

...the movie attempts to make a grand splash. Unhappily, the splash is more like a belly flop.

February 20, 2009 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…

Admittedly dull, overlong and kitschy, the film was dismissed as embarrassing debut for Paul Newman, yet a closer look shows the attributes that would make him a mega-star.

September 27, 2008 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

A tedious religious epic that wasted the talents of many.

June 17, 2008 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Silver Chalice

Paul looks good in his toga but otherwise is absolutely dreadful in his screen bow. It shows the advantage of the studio contract system that this wasn't the end of his career. His two follow-ups studio assignments, Somebody Up There Likes Me and The Rack, did a great deal to restore his reputation and put him on the superstar track.

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