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The Silver Chalice (1954)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 20 December 1954 (USA)
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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win. See more awards »
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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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I bid you seek the lost Silver Cup... for Sin is rising like the swollen rivers... See more »

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Drama | Romance

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20 December 1954 (USA)  »

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Basilus - Held von Rom  »

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$4,500,000 (estimated)
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2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Film acting debut of Lorne Greene (he had narrated, but did not appear in, a short in 1947). See more »

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As Simon prepares himself to prove he can fly from the building, his arms are outreached out in some shots and down by his side in other shots. See more »

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Simon The Magician: A true miracle is nothing but a good trick.
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and introducing Paul Newman See more »

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Referenced in Ben-Hur: The Making of an Epic (1993) See more »

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Paul Newman and the Holy Grail
4 April 2010 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

"The Bible" anthology orator Alexander Scourby (as Luke) chooses Greek sculptor Paul Newman (as Basil) to fashion "The Silver Chalice" that served at Jesus Christ's "Last Supper" with faces of the Lord Christ and some of his disciples. Looking tanned and handsome in Warner colors, Mr. Newman not only has trouble recreating the face of Jesus, but also choosing between bosomy Pagan-tilting Virginia Mayo (as Helena) and pretty Christian-leaning Pier Angeli (as Deborra). His cup runneth over...

Unlike Newman, you'll have no trouble figuring out where his character and this story are going...

Going up are Ms. Mayo's plucked and penciled eyebrows; going down is Jack Palance (as Simon) as the new Messiah. Don't be too quick with the fast-forward button, lest you miss Mr. Palance's fall from grace. Newman, who herein moved from TV dramatic guest to big screen star, was not proud of this film; and, it's easy to see why. It's a woefully misguided Biblical epic, with Newman not the least of its problems. The musical score by Franz Waxman is nicely done, especially during softer sequences.

**** The Silver Chalice (12/17/54) Victor Saville ~ Paul Newman, Virginia Mayo, Pier Angeli, Jack Palance


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