The Silver Chalice

Synopsis: 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 himself. 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.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Victor Saville
Production: Warner Home Video
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win.
Rotten Tomatoes:
142 min

Between Jerusalem

and the Greek city of Antioch...

...endless caravans plied their trade routes

across the desert.

By sea, ships from Rome and Athens

sailed to and from this thriving seaport...

...whence the treasures of the East,

even from far-off China...

...were shipped

to all parts of the Roman empire.

Of the people of Antioch...

...only a few would have known

what you were talking about...

...had you told them that a crucifixion

in Jerusalem only 20 years before...

...was soon to change the course

of the world they knew.

They preferred to leave politics to Rome,

religion to the gods...

...and history to historians.

Because history is what happens to others,

never to ourselves.

To the men of the first century,

as in our own century... was business as usual...

...nowhere more so than in Antioch's

famous Street of the Silversmiths.

Theron, where's the boy?

Over there.

Stop that. Stop that, I say.

Get away from here.

They've broken my carving.

Why would anyone wanna do that?

Well, never mind. Never mind.

My son, this is my Lord Ignatius.

We were boys together...

...though you wouldn't believe it

to see us now.

He deserves something much better

than a stick of wood to work on.

And admirers, not tormentors.

Yes, you're right, Theron.

I am a rich man, but I'm poor

because I'm childless.

How many times have I offered you this?

Come, take it now...

...and well proceed

with the adoption tomorrow.

But you would soon tire of him.

ALL he wants is to make Little statues

from clay and wood.

He's only a dreamer.

Why does everyone belittle dreamers?

What do we get from men of action?

War, trouble, taxes.

Now, my older son, you would Like him.

While he's not exactly a dreamer,

he has a head for figures.

He would be much more suitable

in the home of a rich merchant.

My heart is set on the younger one.

Come, take the gold.

My house will be desolate without him.

Do not grieve, my old friend.

What father would deny his son

a Life of Luxury and high position?

My dear friend Theron, sit here.


Kester? They're here, we're ready.

Good. No more delay.

You may have time to waste,

but I, Kester, have none.

Instead of squandering hours here,

I should be at my armory...

...forging swords and spears

for the Legions of Rome.

The world will never be at peace...

...until every enemy heart

is stilled by a Roman spear.

Well, for the sake of the world...

...perhaps we should not delay

my good friend Kester.

Let us proceed.

Master Theron, in the presence

of these five witnesses of which I am one... you give this son of yours

to my Lord Ignatius... be the son of his house?

If you agree,

say yes each time I strike the scale.




My boy,

pay your respects to your new father.

Ignatius, welcome your son

and Legal heir.

My son.

From now on, your name shall be Basil,

my father's name.

It's the highest honor I can pay you,

for my father was a great man.

May the gods smile on both of you.

The blessings of the gods

be on this house.

Wine, my friends.

-Have some wine.




Yes, my Lord.

Why do they Let him do that?

Because I'm a slave.

Marcos often whips me.

I'm glad you're here.

I'm glad too.

You shall have

beautiful things to carve, Basil.

Marble, silver and gold,

when you have need of them.

I have always wanted a son

who will see things as I do.

We are Greeks.

We have a great heritage of art and beauty

to give the world.

-Is that the boy?

-It is, my Lord Linus.

Welcome home, my brother.

Brother, indeed.

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Thomas B. Costain

Thomas Bertram Costain (May 8, 1885 – October 8, 1965) was a Canadian journalist who became a best-selling author of historical novels at the age of 57. more…

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