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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 ...
Auctioneer
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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Average Shot Length = ~6.2 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~5.9 seconds. See more »

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King Harald's "fleet" is embarrassingly small, more befitting a thane than the King of Denmark. However, this is no doubt a budgetary issue. 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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" I am no dreamer, Viking! I too seek the Mother of Voices "
5 December 2008 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Every Tale, fable, or legend has a basis in some small fact. In this film called " The Long Ships " we have a Viking reciting a legend which was once told to his people of a great bell which was as high as 'three tall men.' Said to have been created by the monks of Byzantium, in actuality, they had indeed cast one out of solid gold, but was small enough to be handed as a gift to the German emperor, for his personal chapel, during the middle ages. As with most 'fish' stories, the size of the bell grew with each retelling. For this movie, the seekers are Northmen, not Germanic knights as in the original tale. Still, the movie is entertaining enough due to the major stars in it. Here we have, Richard Widmark as Rolfe, a seafaring Viking who is captured by Aly Mansuh, the Moorish prince (Sidney Poitier) who threatens him with torture is he does not reveal its location. Then there is Russ Tamblyn as Orm, his very agile brother and then of course there is international star Oskar Homolka as Krok, who is their father. All in all, a good film, for an otherwise lazy afternoon. ****


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