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Director:
Writers:
Berkely Mather (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
24 June 1964 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The Greatest Viking Adventure Of Them All!
Plot:
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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Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. See more »
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Colorful and big budgeted Viking adventure with marvelous scenarios See more (60 total) »

Cast

  (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)
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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
 
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
 
Stunts
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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Runtime:
USA:126 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
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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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The devil was not part of the Vikings' religion.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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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Colorful and big budgeted Viking adventure with marvelous scenarios, 19 January 2010
Author: ma-cortes

The film starts telling the following legend :¨And so, by the storm's fury he lost all he loved most in this world, his ship and his shipmates. But he was ashore alone , the only survivor. Monks found him and took him to their monastery where they tenderly nursed him never asking his name of his country.And gradually he grew stronger, as he slowly recovered, he saw that the holy men collected tiny colored stones. And with great patience and loving skill made pictures from them to decorate their chapel. And the pictures told a story. A story of a mighty bell made of solid gold. For days without number the holy men labored to make this mighty bell, They made ready a great cauldron and under it fire burned day at night. They came of gold. Gold idols, golden rings taken from the harems, from wives, from princesses, from courtesans. Gold money, gold from ships, mines and caravans, from mosques , palaces and sacred cities. Gold stolen by robbers from from the tombs of pharaohs , golden cups, golden plate. Treasure won by conquering armies, And from its hiding place came the fabulous chain of Nimrud of the 10.ooo golden links. A last the huge cauldron was so filled with molten gold that no more could be added. Then I was poured into a gigantic clay mold. For days it stood cooling until the hour struck when the clay was torn away . And so the great golden bell came shinning into the world. They smoothed it, they polished it. Then they called on it to speak, And they ran back in terror and in awe. And covered their ears. For this was the mother of voices¨.

Rolf (Richard Widmark) as leader of a band of Norsemen along with his brother Orn (Russ Tamblyn) stealing a ship sets sail for the unknown land in search of a missing solid-gold bell . Meanwhile they kidnap a Viking princess (Beba Loncar) and hold her for security. Widmark heading off a mysterious place, defending his people and battling for his survival against mutinous crew , evil oppressors(Clifford Evans) and especially fighting Moorish prince named El Mansuh(Sidney Poitier) There're also some gorgeous babes ( Rosanna Schiaffino, Beba Loncar) around to offer us certain comfort .

This enjoyable picture packs adventures, thrills, good action scenes and is very amusing. Great location footage of booth Yugoslavia and Great Britain. Shimmer and glimmer cinematography by Christopher Challis. Spectacular and evocative musical score by Dugan Radic. The picture is well directed by Jack Cardiff (Dark of the sun, The girl on the motorcycle, My Geisha).

This basic costume epic belongs to Viking genre such as : The classic ¨The Vikings(1958)¨ by Richard Fleischer with Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis, ¨The Norseman(1978) ¨ by Charles B Pierce with Cornel Wilde and Mel Ferrer ; ¨The Viking queen(1967)¨ by Don Chaffey with Don Murray and Andrew Keir; ¨The Viking sagas(1995)¨ by Michael Chapman with Ralph Moeller , among others.

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