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The Long Ships -- Viking brothers (Richard Widmark and Russ Tamblyn) steal the Norse King's funeral ship and set sailfor adventure.


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24 June 1964 (USA) See more »
The Greatest Viking Adventure Of Them All!
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Richard Widmark ... Rolfe

Sidney Poitier ... Aly Mansuh

Russ Tamblyn ... Orm

Rosanna Schiaffino ... Aminah
Oskar Homolka ... Krok
Edward Judd ... Sven

Lionel Jeffries ... Aziz
Beba Loncar ... Gerda
Clifford Evans ... King Harald

Gordon Jackson ... Vahlin
Colin Blakely ... Rhykka
David Lodge ... Olla
Henry Oscar ... Auctioneer
Paul Stassino ... Raschid
Jeanne Moody ... Ylva
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Milan Bosiljcic ... (uncredited)
Zorica Gajdas ... (uncredited)
Dragan Lukic-Omoljac ... (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons ... (uncredited)
Charles H. Radilak ... (uncredited)

Leonard Rossiter ... Persian Soldier Who Falls On Sword To Prove Loyalty (uncredited)
Ljubo Skiljevic ... (uncredited)
Dragomir Stanojevic ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Jack Cardiff 
Writing credits
Berkely Mather (screenplay) and
Beverley Cross (screenplay)

Frans G. Bengtsson (novel "The Long Ships") (as Frans Bengtsson)

Produced by
Irving Allen .... producer
Denis O'Dell .... associate producer
Original Music by
Dusan Radic 
Cinematography by
Christopher Challis (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Geoffrey Foot 
Production Design by
Vlastimir Gavrik (uncredited)
Zoran Zorcic (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Bill Constable  (as William Constable)
Vlastimir Gavrik 
John Hoesli 
Zoran Zorcic 
Veljko Despotovic (uncredited)
Dragoljub Ivkov (uncredited)
Vladislav Lasic (uncredited)
Aleksandar Milovic (uncredited)
Miodrag Miric (uncredited)
Milan Todorovic (uncredited)
Costume Design by
David Ffolkes (costumes designed by)
Anthony Mendleson (costumes designed by)
Makeup Department
A.R. Scott .... hairdresser
Neville Smallwood .... makeup artist
Radmila Todorovic .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
David W. Orton .... production manager (as David Orton)
Milenko Stankovic .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bluey Hill .... assistant director
Cliff Lyons .... second unit director
Stevan Petrovic .... assistant director
Stevan Petrovic .... second unit director (uncredited)
Michael Reeves .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
A. Benzon .... mosaics
Eddie Fowlie .... property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Paddy Cunningham .... sound recordist
Gordon Daniel .... sound editor
Hugh Strain .... sound recordist
Vladimir Stankovic .... boom operator (uncredited)
Hugh Strain .... dubbing crew (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Sydney Pearson .... special effects (as Sid Pearson)
Bill Warrington .... special effects
Wally Armitage .... special effects (uncredited)
Brian Gamby .... special effects (uncredited)
Martin Gutteridge .... special effects (uncredited)
Fred Heather .... special effects (uncredited)
Garth Inns .... special effects (uncredited)
Malcolm King .... special effects (uncredited)
Dragomir Stanojevic .... special effects (uncredited)
Jimmy Ward .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Ivor Beddoes .... matte artist
Ken Buckle .... stunts (uncredited)
Milan Mitic .... stunts (uncredited)
Slavoljub Plavsic-Zvonce .... stunts (uncredited)
Skender Radotina .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Austin Dempster .... camera operator
Skeets Kelly .... second unit cameraman
Ray Parslow .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ron Beck .... wardrobe master
Borka Subaranovic .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Music Department
Borislav Pascan .... conductor
Geoffrey Foot .... arranger (uncredited)
Muir Mathieson .... conductor (uncredited)
Other crew
Angela Allen .... continuity
Maurice Binder .... prologue and main title by
Eileen Head .... continuity
Erik Kjersgaard .... technical adviser (as Erik Kiersgaard)
Paul Maslansky .... assistant to producer
Bob Simmons .... action sequences

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USA:126 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:12 (2003) (DVD) | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating: cut by 13 secs) (1988) | West Germany:12 (nf)
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Did You Know?

Richard 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 »
Factual errors: The "golden" bell floats far too high in the water after it falls down the cliff and several of the "bodies" it pulls off the cliff are ahead of it in at least one shot.See more »
Rolfe:If we ever had children, my lady, what princely liars they would be!See more »
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Featured in Cinema Komunisto (2010)See more »


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14 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Prince Valiant Versus Othello, Best Two Out of Three Falls, 8 September 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

In reading some of the other reviews I learned that The Long Ships was based on a rather serious work of medieval fiction. That's certainly did not come out in this film which has all the appearances of something that Vince McMahon might have directed.

I'm guessing that Richard Widmark, Sidney Poitier and the rest of the cast wanted to do something that paid well without too much strain on the talent. In addition, Poitier for the only time in his career, got to play a villain. He hams up his part as a poor man's Othello with real relish.

There's a little Captain Ahab in Poitier's Othello impersonation as well. He's a Moorish prince obsessed with finding a legendary golden bell. When he hear's of Richard Widmark spinning tales in the market place for pin money he has him summoned.

Widmark escapes by diving out a window from a height and the next thing you hear from him is that he's washed up on Viking shores. I'm not sure the writers didn't want you to think he swam from Morocco to Norway either. Any how he tries to get a ship from dad, Oscar Homolka. The only ship available is the ship Homolka built for the Norse king. To insure the Norse king doesn't kill his Homolka, younger brother Russ Tamblyn kidnaps his daughter who he has a thing for in any event. And back they go to find the bell.

Richard Widmark is not known as a player who's best at comedy, but he seems to get in the spirit of the lightheartedness. Russ Tamblyn who was finding less and less employment as a dancer got to show a lot of athleticism in dueling sequences. The guy who seemed to be really enjoying making this film however was Oscar Homolka.

Jack Cardiff directed this film and he's probably best known as the United Kingdom's premier color cinematographer. The Long Ships has some of his best work and it also has a stirring musical score.

I saw this film in theaters as a teen and over forty years later I still enjoy this rollicking medieval romp.

Vince McMahon couldn't have staged it better.

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