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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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Vahlin
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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Raubzug der Wikinger  »

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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 OTHER great Viking movie.
14 December 2001 | by (North Hemis) – See all my reviews

After Kirk Douglas' THE VIKINGS, this was a close second in fun, Saturday matinée-style spectacle. Richard Widmark inhabits the role of the Viking, Rolfe, with a breezy, unstilted style that suits his character's sense of derring-do perfectly. In contrast, Sidney Poitier plays it straight, and his majestic voice and bearing make him a commanding yet sympathetic villain. The plot is lightweight, it's true, but there's much fun to be had for those of us fond of old-fashioned adventure in distant eras and exotic climes. Sit back, drink in the magnificent cinematography and Dusan Radic's powerful, melodic score and enjoy the heck out of this epic clash of Vikings and Moors. And be warned: the Mare of Steel is not for the faint-hearted!


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