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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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(Westrex Recording System)

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Film known for a torture contraption called the "Mare of Steel" depicted as a huge curved blade as large as a Trojan Horse, which unlucky prisoners were forced to climb and ride down on their exposed bellies, hands tied, splaying them open at it's base and impaling them on a bed of two foot steel spikes. See more »

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Leaving aside the issue of the sound of a bell made of gold, the bell could not the sound it does. It forms the dome of the building and is covered with concrete and stone which would stop the metal vibrating, absorbing the energy of the sound. See more »

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Aly Mansuh: We sail tomorrow and may Allah send us a fair wind and a calm sea.
Rolfe: And may Thor do the same, my lord.
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Fond memories
11 June 2001 | by (Glasgow, Scotland) – See all my reviews

I recently watched this film again, for the first time in years. OK, so maybe it's not as historically accurate as it could be. But the acting (in the main) is still good, the music is superb, and I defy anyone *not* to be scared when Poitier says "You will ride the Mare of Steel", surely one of the most gruesome punishments in the history of the cinema!


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