The Silver Chalice
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Paul Newman made his screen debut in the gloriously nonsensical costume epic The Silver Chalice. Freely adapted from a novel by Thomas B. Costain, the film casts Newman as Basil, a first century Greek sculptor who is sold into slavery by his wicked uncle. Transported to Rome, Basil manages to enjoy a measure of freedom when his captors discover his sculpting talents; he also marries another slave, the demure Deborra (Pier Angeli) and dallies with the sensuous Helena (Virginia Mayo), the mercenary partner of court magician Simon (Jack Palance). The plot congeals when Basil is commissioned to… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 13%

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"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."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"...the movie attempts to make a grand splash. Unhappily, the splash is more like a belly flop."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Paul Newman's most despised movie (by himself especially) is pretty bad."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"Though it is lavish and sweeping in execution, The Silver Chalice, for all of its august and religious aspects, is not an imposing offering."
‑ A.H. Weiler, New York Times
"Admittedly dull, overlong and kitschy, the film was dismissed as embarrassing debut for Paul Newman, yet a closer look shows the attributes that would make him a mega-star."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Dreadful epic noteworthy mainly for being Newman's feature debut."
‑ , Film4
"The pic is so bad, you can hear the dogs barking."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A tedious religious epic that wasted the talents of many."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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