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The Long Ships (1964)

 -  Adventure  -  24 June 1964 (USA)
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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.

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Rolfe
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Aly Mansuh
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Orm
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Aminah
Oskar Homolka ...
Krok
Edward Judd ...
Sven
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Aziz
Beba Loncar ...
Gerda
Clifford Evans ...
King Harald
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Colin Blakely ...
Rhykka
David Lodge ...
Olla
Henry Oscar ...
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Paul Stassino ...
Raschid
Jeanne Moody ...
Ylva
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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>

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The Greatest Viking Adventure Of Them All!

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Widmark turned the film down four times before finally agreeing to do it on the condition that good friend Sidney Poitier do the part of the villain, a piece of casting that producers initially objected to. See more »

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When the Vikings fight the Moors on the beach, they throw spears and shoot arrows killing many Moors. However, none of the arrows or spears can be seen in flight nor can any be seen hitting the Moorish cavalry (who fall and die). See more »

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Arab at bazaar: [to Rolfe] How can one believe a man with eyes as pale as yours?
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THE VIKINGS meets John Cleese!
30 October 2003 | by (Longmont, Colorado) – See all my reviews

Churned out at pretty much the end of the cycle of epics, THE LONG SHIPS was NEVER meant to be taken seriously! Richard Widmark understood that - what's with this plethora of pseudo-intellectual reviews decrying cinematic and plotline aspects here. Wake up and smell the roses people, this is one for all and ALL for fun!

Even Poitier, hamming it up as OTHELLO with a wicked hairdresser, was secretly having fun! The whole misbegotten tale of the fabled golden bell was little more than a cack-fest but by GOD was the musical score great or what? I can still hear Dusan's stirring theme now, and I only saw the flick once at its Sydney premiere in '63.

Action aplenty, outrageous script and despite accusations to the contrary here, some gung-ho cinematography. This was never gonna be up for any Oscars, Widmark, Homolka and three quarters of the cast in fact, saw to that!


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