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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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Director:
Writers:
Berkely Mather (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
24 June 1964 (USA) See more »
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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:
(16 articles)
User Reviews:
A rousing action/adventure movie for a treasure lost for centuries, the richest prize in the world… See more (61 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)

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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Arab at bazaar:[to Rolfe] How can one believe a man with eyes as pale as yours?See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Cinema Komunisto (2010)See more »

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30 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
A rousing action/adventure movie for a treasure lost for centuries, the richest prize in the world…, 2 September 2007

"The Long Ships" is the story of a mighty gold bell "as tall as three tall men," the one people call the Mother of Voices, cast long ago by the monks of Byzantium…

Prince Aly Mansuh had searched from the mountains to the sea for the bell… Now he must know what lies beyond the horizon until Allah's divine guidance leads him to the treasures of Islam…

Prince Aly's wife Aminah thinks that her husband is chasing a legend, a fairy tale that has already cost them dearly in lives and gold… But the prince is no dreamer… He is sure that the bell does exist and it rests somewhere in this world, in a Christian land… For him it was stolen by the Christian armies when they plundered their way across his cities to the dishonor and humiliation of his ancestors…

In that morning, the obsessed Moorish prince is informed by his guards that a stranger in the market knows the whereabouts of the golden bell… The stranger is arrested and taken to a tower for interrogation… The stranger assures to the prince that he knows nothing but stories and legends, and swears that, out in the market he was trying to earn some money for food and shelter… He also said that he is a sailor, a dreamer, a Norseman, a Viking who was shipwrecked and was simply trying to get back to his homeland…

Richard Widmark is the true Norse warrior who swallowed the ocean… He tells his father that he has returned because he needs another ship and another crew… Rolfe said that he had found the bell… He heard it booming away like a god's hammer on a mountain of ice… Nothing else would've brought him back after losing his ship… That ship cost his father the tribute money he owed the king…

Sydney Poitier promised Rolfe that he would not be prepared to die so calmly… He shall give him an example of real courage that comes from authority, 'his' authority… Aly Mansuh asks Lady Aminah to select one of his guards to be the first to feel the kiss of steel before the Viking…

Rosanna Schiaffino could offer Rolfe and his comrades the chance to live and to sail from these shores as rich men… With fire in her cheeks, Lady Aminah looked lovely as the most envied woman with eye-catching legs…

Orm (Russ Tamblyn) asks the great Odin what did they do that he turns his rage against them ruining his father…

Gerda (Beba Loncar) is the beautiful snow princess taken as a hostage and whom to be sacrificed as a maiden to lift the curse of the death ship…

Krok (Oskar Homolka) is the old, ruined man who asks himself how a thane whose entire fortune consists of two gold pieces, find or even equip another ship…

King Harald (Clifford Evas) practically stole the ship build by Krok's men… He cheated the broken man in giving him two gold pieces for his funeral ship, the difference between the ship's price and two years' tribute he owes him…

Sven (Edward Judd) is the sailing master to King Harald of Norseland who really thinks the ship is cursed for being a funeral ship… He commands the sailors, these 'greedy devils' to turn back or they'll be hanged in the king's name…

With great stars, mutinous sailors, beautiful cinematography, and a look at a Moorish harem, "The Long Ships" remains another fine Viking adventure with a lot of humor and fun…

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