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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
David Lodge ...
Olla
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Auctioneer
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Raschid
Jeanne Moody ...
Ylva
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Storyline

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

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 its base and impaling them on a bed of two foot steel spikes. See more »

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The Crusades took place after the era of the Vikings. See more »

Quotes

Rolfe: If we ever had children, my lady, what princely liars they would be!
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Featured in Cinema Komunisto (2010) See more »

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4 April 2001 | by (Columbus,OH USA) – See all my reviews

Oskar Homolka got it. Richard Widmark got it.Even Gordon Jackson got it.Does anyone remember "the Crimson Pirate"? Folks this is not history! This is fun. One of My childhood favorites. The score that every one seems to love is the tipoff.This is going to be a swashbuckler! Only Poitier seems to think he's playing Shakespeare's Moor. This is a great adventure movie! So well done in fact;that no one, in my Saturday matinee audience,even noticed the interracial romance.Kudos to Cardiff for pulling that off! Quite a feat in 1963! This is the kind of film parents hated,because scrap lumber and yardsticks disappeared to make swords,and every trash can lid became a battered shield [that no longer fit the can]. By Sunday morning there were many bruised and splinter wounded 10 year olds You should rate this type of movie by the number of bandaids passed out to young berserkers!


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