The Silver Chalice (1954)




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Based on the novel by Thomas Costain, this epic follows the adventures of a Greek sculptor, Basil (Paul Newman), as he travels through a series of adventures and eventually winds up in Jerusalem where he meets up with Peter (Lorne Greene) who hires him to design a way of safely preserving the chalice used by Jesus at the Last Supper. This film was the screen debut of both Paul Newman and Lorne Greene.
Classics , Drama , Romance
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Paul Newman
as Basil
Virginia Mayo
as Helena
Joseph Wiseman
as Mijamin
E.G. Marshall
as Ignatius
Albert Dekker
as Kester
Ian Wolfe
as Theron
Mort Marshall
as Benjie
Natalie Wood
as Helena as a Girl
Peter Reynolds
as Basil as a Boy
Mel Welles
as Marcos
Jack Raine
as Magistrate
Beryl Machin
as Eulalia
John Sheffield
as Witnesses to Adoption
John Marlowe
as Witnesses to Adoption
Paul Power
as Witnesses to Adoption
Harry Wilson
as Ruffian
Don Randolph
as Selech
Charles Bewley
as Roman Commander
David Bond
as Cameleer
Allen Michaelson
as High Priest
Lester Sharpe
as Oasis Keeper
Don Randolph
as Selech
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Critic Reviews for The Silver Chalice

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

Like the Thomas B. Costain book, the picture is overdrawn and sometimes tedious, but producer-director Victor Saville still manages to instill interest in what's going on, and even hits a feeling of excitement occasionally.

Full Review… | June 17, 2008
Top Critic

Though it is lavish and sweeping in execution, The Silver Chalice, for all of its august and religious aspects, is not an imposing offering.

Full Review… | October 30, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

The pic is so bad, you can hear the dogs barking.

Full Review… | April 6, 2010
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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Full Review… | March 10, 2009

No one is immune to the punishment of the script and direction.

Full Review… | February 20, 2009
Movie Metropolis

...the movie attempts to make a grand splash. Unhappily, the splash is more like a belly flop.

Full Review… | February 20, 2009
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for The Silver Chalice

Paul looks good in his toga but otherwise is absolutely dreadful in his screen bow. It shows the advantage of the studio contract system that this wasn't the end of his career. His two follow-ups studio assignments, Somebody Up There Likes Me and The Rack, did a great deal to restore his reputation and put him on the superstar track.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer


Paul Newman took an ad out in the paper as soon as this film came out apologizing for his performance and promising he could do better. Keeping in mind that this was the knowledge I went in with I didn't think the film was half bad. Sure, it's nothing special but it's no different from a dozen other biblical epics out there.

Stuart McCunn
Stuart McCunn

Short and Sweet: If you like overblown epics mired in tedium, or like a movie so bad it's almost good, then watch this movie. If you don't like any of the above but want some sword and sandals action, go watch the far superior "The Robe".

John Allen
John Allen

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