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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 »

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

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 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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Taglines:

I bid you seek the lost Silver Cup... for Sin is rising like the swollen rivers... See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Basilus - Held von Rom See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (cut) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (magnetic prints)| Mono (RCA Sound System) (optical prints)

Color:

Color (WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

James Dean was offered the role of Basil, the sculptor, but he and his agent thought the script was poor. Paul Newman, who was a finalist for the role of Cal Trask in East of Eden (1955) that eventually was played by Dean, and made him a star, took the role, which Newman later regretted. While shooting East of Eden (1955), Dean went over to visit Newman on the set of this film, where he met the love of his short life, Pier Angeli. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Kester: There's no place like Rome...
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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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A mixed bag, if there ever was one!
22 April 2003 | by gregcoutureSee all my reviews

Managed to catch this film at a neighborhood theater after its first-run release and, even then, was quite stupefied by its extremely odd brew of elements: some fairly good acting (though it's no wonder Paul Newman disowned it at the time and has probably paid to have it permanently suppressed...It hasn't been scheduled on American Movie Classics, for instance, in years!); some elaborate-looking, old-timey costumes clashing with Rolf Gerard's massive sets (He was apparently told to give them a "modern" look.); the great set piece of the magician, Simon (lovingly hammed by Jack Palance), "flying" off the top of a skyscraping tower; a blonde Natalie Wood (Who thought she looked good THAT way?!?); and one of Franz Waxman's sweeping orchestral scores, taking advantage of the stereophonic sound system used for the magnetic prints. Unless A.M.C. decides to show this letter-boxed again (something they now almost never do anymore with the widescreen films they schedule...Fie on them!), the imaginative use of CinemaScope by director Victor Saville and his cinematographer, William V. Skall, will be lost to cinema-viewing antiquity. (No doubt the VHS tape is, shudder!, "formatted.")


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