I saw a part of this movie my dad was watching when I was quite young. Here's the scene, from a movie I saw on TV in the early 2000s:

  • A man enters an underground (?) trial area. I remember it looking cave-like with torch lighting.

  • He is given a glass of water

  • He must navigate across tightropes or shaky bridges without spilling a drop

  • He accomplishes this, but when he gets to the end he must retrieve an object from a fiery altar (Sword, maybe?)

  • He drinks the water from the glass, and the flame is extinguished

I feel as though he had a small audience of men who belonged to this trial-giving group.

I had a short childhood with my father, and I remember a lot of movies that I only partially saw with him -- I'm building a bit of a library of his interests.

The drinking of water to extinguish the flame definitely puts this in a fantasy category. Maybe it was a kung-fu movie? Maybe this was just an episode of some daytime gladiator drama?

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The Golden Child featuring Eddie Murphy

Chandler and Kee travel to Tibet, where Chandler is swindled by an old amulet seller, later revealed as the High Priest of the temple where the dagger is kept hidden (and, subsequently, Kee's father). In order to obtain the knife, Chandler has to pass a test: an obstacle course in a bottomless cavern whilst carrying a glass of water without spilling a drop. With luck and wits, Chandler recovers the blade and even manages to bring it past customs into the United States.

TV Tropes has a more detailed description

To test his character, Chandler has to traverse the maze to the dagger without spilling the glass of water he's been given. However, when he gets to the dagger, it's covered with a wreath of fire. Knowing he's unable to use the water to put the fire out, he drinks the water instead, so the fire goes out and he takes the dagger.

Found with a search for film trial "glass of water" "without spilling"

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  • 3
    Well that's just a slam dunk.
    – Turbo
    Oct 24, 2022 at 21:48
  • 15
    ^_^ I'll admit, I haven't seen the movie, but I would not have expected Eddie Murphy from the description.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Oct 24, 2022 at 21:54
  • 8
    I'm late but knew the answer off the top of my head. I saw the movie several times. Not for Eddie Murphy so much as the rest of the cast and story. It was well done.
    – user90961
    Oct 25, 2022 at 11:52
  • 2
    I-I-I want the knife. Pleeease.
    – Kevin
    Oct 25, 2022 at 13:12
  • 3
    @SafdarFaisal: It's coming up for me. Maybe it's region-locked?
    – FuzzyBoots
    Oct 25, 2022 at 14:20

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