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The Silver Chalice (1954)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  20 December 1954 (USA)
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A Greek artisan is commissioned to cast the cup of Christ in silver and sculpt around its rim the faces of the disciples and Jesus himself. He travels to Jerusalem and eventually to Rome to... See full summary »

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Helena
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Walter Hampden ...
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Mijamin
Alexander Scourby ...
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Ignatius
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Aaron Ben Joseph
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A Greek artisan is commissioned to cast the cup of Christ in silver and sculpt around its rim the faces of the disciples and Jesus himself. He travels to Jerusalem and eventually to Rome to complete the task. Meanwhile, a nefarious interloper is trying to convince the crowds that he is the new Messiah by using nothing more than cheap parlor tricks. Written by Dan Weckerly

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trick | silver | messiah | greek | disciple | See more »

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EVERY BREATHLESS MOMENT OF THOMAS B. COSTAIN'S BEST-SELLER! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Drama | Romance

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20 December 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der silberne Kelch  »

Box Office

Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)
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2.55 : 1
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Film debut of Robert Middleton. See more »

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The bald eagle is not native to Italy. See more »

Quotes

Saint Peter: [last lines, Peter is speaking about the Silver Chalice to Basil and Deborra, and he utters his lines in the tone of a heroic speech] It will be restored, but for years and for hundreds of years, it will lie in darkness; where, I know not. When it is brought out into the light again there will be great cities, and mighty bridges and towers higher than the tower of Babel. It will be a world of evil and long bitter wars. In such a world as that the little cup will look very lonely. But it may be ...
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Jack Palance soars to new heights in this strange film!
8 September 1999 | by (New Orleans, Louisiana) – See all my reviews

This movie is best viewed on videotape, so you can fast-forward through all the boring parts...which comprise roughly 99.3 percent of this fiendishly bad movie.

The budget must have been tiny, and it shows plainly in the cheesy sets and bargain-basement wardrobe, which, by comparison, make Ed Wood's works look lavish in comparison.

Jack Palance ("Simon the Magician") steals the scenes every time a camera is pointed his way. Palance's wonderfully over-the-top, psychotic rendering here is amazing and extremely clever. His giddy flight from the top of an immense tower is extraordinary, and is the only bit of the movie really worth watching.

"Nero", too, had a few memorable lines, but the rest of the cast is miserably wasted. The dialogue is bad enough to elicit gasps, giggles, and embarrassed cringing from everyone exposed to it.

No wonder Paul Newman gets nervous any time this masterpiece surfaces....

I am being generous by rating it a 4.5 out of 10, and that is because I really loved Jack Palance in this funny flop.




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