The Silver Chalice - 1954 (Not Rated)


Year of Release: 1954
Rated: Not Rated
Director: Victor Saville
Approx. Running Time: 135 minutes
Format(s): VHS
My Rating: 3 stars (Out of 5)

From Back Cover:

The epic film that launched Paul Newman's screen career.

He looks like Marlon Brando, some reviewers said of the 29-year-old star of The Silver Chalice. But those comparisons would soon end. In film after film, Paul Newman would impress audiences with his own intense brilliance.

Newman made his movie debut in The Silver Chalice, a multilayered Biblical saga in the tradition of sagas like Quo Vadis? and The Robe. Set in Rome during the early Christian era, it focuses on Basil (Newman), a gifted sculptor sold into slavery. As he strives to escape his misfortune, Basil is 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 as his own "true Messiah."

The Silver Chalice's cast also includes Lorne Greene, E.G. Marhsall and a blonde Natalie Wood. But Newman is the movie's heart. "This young man," director Victor Saville predicted, "is destined for great things."

My Comments:

Although this movie generally gets horrible reviews, I actually find it entertaining. Though perhaps mostly in the "laughably bad" kind of way. Sadly, this has not yet been released on DVD. But with the recent death of Paul Newman, that may happen soon.

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