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Director:
Writers:
Berkely Mather (screenplay) and
Beverley Cross (screenplay) ...
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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 »
NewsDesk:
(15 articles)
Stellan Skarsgard Boards ‘Long Ships’
 (From Variety - Film News. 18 May 2014, 7:01 AM, PDT)

Skarsgard Joins Viking Epic "Long Ships"
 (From Dark Horizons. 18 May 2014, 12:44 AM, PDT)

Von Trier producer plans Viking epic
 (From ScreenDaily. 17 May 2014, 10:00 PM, PDT)

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" I am no dreamer, Viking! I too seek the Mother of Voices " 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
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
 
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 "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 »
Quotes:
Olla:Well, where are we?
Rolfe:Civilization.
Olla:Huh?
Rolfe:[Disgustedly] No... you wouldn't understand that.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Cinema Komunisto (2010)See more »

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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
" I am no dreamer, Viking! I too seek the Mother of Voices ", 5 December 2008
Author: thinker1691 from USA

Every Tale, fable, or legend has a basis in some small fact. In this film called " The Long Ships " we have a Viking reciting a legend which was once told to his people of a great bell which was as high as 'three tall men.' Said to have been created by the monks of Byzantium, in actuality, they had indeed cast one out of solid gold, but was small enough to be handed as a gift to the German emperor, for his personal chapel, during the middle ages. As with most 'fish' stories, the size of the bell grew with each retelling. For this movie, the seekers are Northmen, not Germanic knights as in the original tale. Still, the movie is entertaining enough due to the major stars in it. Here we have, Richard Widmark as Rolfe, a seafaring Viking who is captured by Aly Mansuh, the Moorish prince (Sidney Poitier) who threatens him with torture is he does not reveal its location. Then there is Russ Tamblyn as Orm, his very agile brother and then of course there is international star Oskar Homolka as Krok, who is their father. All in all, a good film, for an otherwise lazy afternoon. ****

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