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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. He travels to Jerusalem and eventually to Rome to ... See full summary »

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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. 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

Italian censorship visa # 18954 delivered on 18-7-1955. See more »

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

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Kester: There's no place like Rome...
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Referenced in Ben-Hur: The Making of an Epic (1993) See more »

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bad, but not awful
26 December 2007 | by See all my reviews

Well I've waiting for years to see this movie, and finally I have. I made it my Christmas treat. Well okay maybe "treat" is stretching it. I don't know if it was one of the worst films of the fifties. But it's probably Paul Newman's worst performance in movies. Then again, the dialogue he was given was pretty dismal. As for Jack Palance, He not only chews the scenery, he spits it back at you. The movie definitely livened up when he was on screen. Virginia mayo looks like a hooker. Hmmm. was she supposed to be a hooker? She's only 5 years older than Newman, but looks about 20. Still there were some decent performances noticeably from Joseph Wiseman, and Pier Angeli. It also kept my interest.


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