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The Silver Chalice (1954)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 20 December 1954 (USA)
Paul Newman - in his screen debut - plays a 1st century Greek sculptor who is sold into slavery.

Director:

Victor Saville

Writers:

Thomas B. Costain (novel), Lesser Samuels (written for the screen by)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Virginia Mayo ... Helena
Pier Angeli ... Deborra
Jack Palance ... Simon The Magician
Paul Newman ... Basil
Walter Hampden ... Joseph of Arimathea
Joseph Wiseman ... Mijamin
Alexander Scourby ... Luke
Lorne Greene ... Peter
David J. Stewart ... Adam
Herbert Rudley ... Linus
Jacques Aubuchon ... Nero
E.G. Marshall ... Ignatius
Michael Pate ... Aaron Ben Joseph
Natalie Wood ... Helena as a Girl
Peter Raynolds Peter Raynolds ... Basil as a boy
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Storyline

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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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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Trivia

Young Helena was played by Natalie Wood who records show was approximately 16 at the time of the filming. Young Basil is played by Peter Raynolds who records show was 28 at the time of shooting. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Simon The Magician: A true miracle is nothing but a good trick.
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Crazy Credits

and introducing Paul Newman See more »

Connections

Referenced in Death in Hollywood (1990) See more »

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bad, but not awful
26 December 2007 | by martin-fennellSee 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Silver Chalice See more »

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Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)
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4-Track Stereo (magnetic prints)| Mono (RCA Sound System) (optical prints)

Color:

Color (WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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