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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Helena
... Deborra
... Simon The Magician
... Basil
... Joseph of Arimathea
... Mijamin
... Luke
... Peter
David J. Stewart ... Adam
... Linus
... Nero
... Ignatius
... Aaron Ben Joseph
... Helena as a Girl
Peter Raynolds ... Basil as a boy
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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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Basilus - Held von Rom  »

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$4,500,000 (estimated)
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The only film to co-star Paul Newman and Natalie Wood. See more »

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The bald eagle is not native to Italy. 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 Death in Hollywood (1990) See more »

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Paul Newman and the Holy Grail
4 April 2010 | by 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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