6.2/10
1,855
64 user 18 critic

The Long Ships (1964)

A vagabond Viking adventurer and a Moor both compete to find "The Mother of All Voices," a legendary golden bell near the Pillars of Hercules.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Vikings (1958)
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A slave and a Viking prince fight for the love of a captive princess.

Director: Richard Fleischer
Stars: Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis, Ernest Borgnine
Action | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

In New Mexico, looking for his son's murderer, Ben Kane takes a deputy marshal's job and runs into young Billy Young who's on the lam.

Director: Burt Kennedy
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Angie Dickinson, Robert Walker Jr.
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An American destroyer captain is determined to confront a Soviet submarine caught violating territorial waters. Perhaps too determined.

Director: James B. Harris
Stars: Richard Widmark, Sidney Poitier, James MacArthur
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In the 1950s, Arizona deputy sheriff Les Martin is pressured by his community to solve a string of mysterious murders around a mining ghost town in Grand Canyon.

Director: Don Siegel
Stars: Cornel Wilde, Victoria Shaw, Mickey Shaughnessy
The Egyptian (1954)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In eighteenth-dynasty Egypt, Sinuhe, a poor orphan, becomes a brilliant physician and with his friend Horemheb is appointed to the service of the new Pharoah. Sinuhe's personal triumphs and... See full summary »

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Jean Simmons, Victor Mature, Gene Tierney
Lawman (1971)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A lawman from Bannock arrives in Sabbath to arrest all the cattlemen whose wild celebration the year before resulted in the accidental death of an old man.

Director: Michael Winner
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan, Lee J. Cobb
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Roger Willoughby is considered to be a leading expert on sports fishing. He's written books on the subject and is loved by his customers in the sporting goods department at Abercrombie and ... See full summary »

Director: Howard Hawks
Stars: Rock Hudson, Paula Prentiss, Maria Perschy
Fuzz (1972)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Police in Boston search for a mad bomber trying to extort money from the city.

Director: Richard A. Colla
Stars: Burt Reynolds, Raquel Welch, Jack Weston
Action | Biography | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The last eighteen years in the life of Jesse James, showing his home life in Missouri, his experiences with Quantrill's raiders, his career of banditry with his brother Frank and the ... See full summary »

Director: Nicholas Ray
Stars: Robert Wagner, Jeffrey Hunter, Hope Lange
Alvarez Kelly (1966)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

During the Civil War, Mexican cattleman Alvarez Kelly supplies the Union with cattle until Confederate Colonel Tom Rossiter's hungry men force Kelly to change his customers.

Director: Edward Dmytryk
Stars: William Holden, Richard Widmark, Janice Rule
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

On the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, the Native American tribe of chief Black Eagle clashes with the Mayan tribe of king Balam.

Director: J. Lee Thompson
Stars: Yul Brynner, George Chakiris, Shirley Anne Field
Cromwell (1970)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Oliver Cromwell can no longer tolerate King Charles' policies and the self-interest of the ruling class and leads a civil war to install Parliament as the ultimate ruler of England.

Director: Ken Hughes
Stars: Richard Harris, Alec Guinness, Robert Morley
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
Rolfe
...
Aly Mansuh
...
Orm
...
Aminah
...
Krok
...
Sven
...
Aziz
...
Gerda
...
King Harald
...
Vahlin
...
Rhykka
David Lodge ...
Olla
Henry Oscar ...
Auctioneer
...
Raschid
Jeanne Moody ...
Ylva
Edit

Storyline

There is a legend about a great bell, called "The Mother of Voices," made of pure gold, three times the size of a man, made by monks many years ago... This is the story told in the marketplace by a Viking called Rolfe. This information finds its way to the Islamic ruler Aly Manush, who is obsessed with finding the bell. But Rolfe claims not to know where the bell is, and escapes, back to his homeland, to convince his father and brother to give him a ship and crew to replace the one he lost - or to help him steal the Death Ship which belongs to the king - because he does know where the bell is... Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

bell | gold | viking | boat | death | See All (68) »

Taglines:

The Greatest Viking Adventure Of Them All!

Genres:

Adventure

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

24 June 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Les drakkars  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The actual 'Golden Bell' prop from the film is located in the Montenegrin town of Budva(Montenegro was formerly part of Yugoslavia where the film was shot) just outside the gates to the old town. See more »

Goofs

The "golden" bell floats far too high in the water after it falls down the cliff and several of the "bodies" it pulls off the cliff are ahead of it in at least one shot. See more »

Quotes

Arab at bazaar: [to Rolfe] How can one believe a man with eyes as pale as yours?
See more »

Connections

Featured in Cinema Komunisto (2010) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Prince Valiant Versus Othello, Best Two Out of Three Falls
8 September 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

In reading some of the other reviews I learned that The Long Ships was based on a rather serious work of medieval fiction. That's certainly did not come out in this film which has all the appearances of something that Vince McMahon might have directed.

I'm guessing that Richard Widmark, Sidney Poitier and the rest of the cast wanted to do something that paid well without too much strain on the talent. In addition, Poitier for the only time in his career, got to play a villain. He hams up his part as a poor man's Othello with real relish.

There's a little Captain Ahab in Poitier's Othello impersonation as well. He's a Moorish prince obsessed with finding a legendary golden bell. When he hear's of Richard Widmark spinning tales in the market place for pin money he has him summoned.

Widmark escapes by diving out a window from a height and the next thing you hear from him is that he's washed up on Viking shores. I'm not sure the writers didn't want you to think he swam from Morocco to Norway either. Any how he tries to get a ship from dad, Oscar Homolka. The only ship available is the ship Homolka built for the Norse king. To insure the Norse king doesn't kill his Homolka, younger brother Russ Tamblyn kidnaps his daughter who he has a thing for in any event. And back they go to find the bell.

Richard Widmark is not known as a player who's best at comedy, but he seems to get in the spirit of the lightheartedness. Russ Tamblyn who was finding less and less employment as a dancer got to show a lot of athleticism in dueling sequences. The guy who seemed to be really enjoying making this film however was Oscar Homolka.

Jack Cardiff directed this film and he's probably best known as the United Kingdom's premier color cinematographer. The Long Ships has some of his best work and it also has a stirring musical score.

I saw this film in theaters as a teen and over forty years later I still enjoy this rollicking medieval romp.

Vince McMahon couldn't have staged it better.


15 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?