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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.

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Rolfe
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Aly Mansuh
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Orm
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Aminah
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Krok
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Sven
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Aziz
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Gerda
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King Harald
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Vahlin
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Rhykka
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Olla
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Raschid
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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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24 June 1964 (USA)  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.20 : 1
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Trivia

Ernest Borgnine turned down the Sidney Poitier part. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Othelo goes Valhalla
3 December 2001 | by (Rio de Janeiro - Brazil) – See all my reviews

Considering Kirk Douglas, only five years before, has made of his 'The Vikings' the definitive viking epic, not so bad we could be entertained with a lighthearted version of the norwegian warriors. Sort of a 'comic relief' after the bloody, harsh, moody Douglas unsurpassed masterpiece.

Not to be taken seriously, this one. Directed by Jack Cardiff ('The Vikings' cinematographer), it offers fun, adventure, and a semi-Monty Python approach at times. The plot is the silliest ever, acting is hammy to the best, but what the hell?

The Othelo-tailored moor, cortesy of Sidney Poitier, is straight. The nice Russ Tamblyn makes his best. Rossana Schiaffino is traffic-stopper, jawbreaker, but this is a Richard Widmark's movie from the beginning to the end, because he is the only one who clearly got the point across: he is taken nothing, absolutely nothing, too seriously! He is clearly blinking an eye to all off us viewers all the time, saying: "Relax, folks, it's only a movie! Let's have fun!"

Somewhere in this very picture a given viking sighs: 'there's no real vikings anymore, like in the old times!" Man, they stayed all in the Kirk Douglas' movie, you bet! In this one, just tongue-in-cheek slapstick. Where's my popcorn pack?






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