The Silver Chalice
The Silver Chalice (1954)

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)… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 20, 1954
DVD Release Date: February 17, 2009
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Critic Score: 13% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

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.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

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

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Steve Crum

Paul Newman's most despised movie (by himself especially) is pretty bad.

A.H. Weiler
New York Times

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

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Dreadful epic noteworthy mainly for being Newman's feature debut.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

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TV Guide

A tedious religious epic that wasted the talents of many.

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Flixster Audience Score: 20% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
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… More