The Silver Chalice

The Silver Chalice
The Silver Chalice
  • UR
  • 2h 22m
  • 1954
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He looks like Marlon Brando, some reviewers said of this movie's 29-year-old star, but those comparisons would soon end. Soon to impress with his own intense brilliance, Paul Newman made his movie debut in this Biblical saga in the mode of Quo Vadis and The Robe. Set in Rome during the early Christian era, if focuses on an ill-fated sculptor sold into slavery and torn between his adoring wife (Pier Angeli) and a wily temptress (Virginia Mayo) - and threatened in his work by a power-mad sorcerer (Jack Palance) bent on overturning Christianity and becoming his own "true Messiah". The Silver Chalice's cast also includes Lorne Green, E.G. Marshall and a blonde Natalie Wood. But Newman is the movie's heart. "This young man", director Victor Saville predicted, "is destined for great things".

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Variety Staff

Like the Thomas B. Costain book, the picture is overdrawn and sometimes tedious, but producer-dire...

June 21, 2017
New York Times
A.H. Weiler

Though it is lavish and sweeping in execution, The Silver Chalice, for all of its august and relig...

June 21, 2017
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Dennis Schwartz

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

June 22, 2017
Stuart Galbraith

June 21, 2017
Movie Metropolis
John J. Puccio

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

June 21, 2017
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:December 20, 1954
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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