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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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Release Date:
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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Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. See more »
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Fond memories See more (62 total) »


  (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)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Richard Widmark was widely felt to be too old for his role.See more »
Continuity: When the Vikings fight the Moors on the beach, they throw spears and shoot arrows killing many Moors. However, none of the arrows or spears can be seen in flight nor can any be seen hitting the Moorish cavalry (who fall and die).See more »
Rolfe:If we ever had children, my lady, what princely liars they would be!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Cinema Komunisto (2010)See more »


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17 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Fond memories, 11 June 2001
Author: nefer_t from Glasgow, Scotland

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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