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The Long Ships (1964)

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.

Director:

Jack Cardiff

Writers:

Berkely Mather (screenplay), Beverley Cross (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
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 Jeanne Moody ... Ylva
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Storyline

There is a legend about a great bell, called "The Mother of Voices," made of pure gold, three times the size of a man, made by monks many years ago... This is the story told in the marketplace by a Viking called Rolfe. This information finds its way to the Islamic ruler Aly Manush, who is obsessed with finding the bell. But Rolfe claims not to know where the bell is, and escapes, back to his homeland, to convince his father and brother to give him a ship and crew to replace the one he lost - or to help him steal the Death Ship which belongs to the king - because he does know where the bell is... Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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The Greatest Viking Adventure Of Them All!


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK | Yugoslavia

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 June 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les drakkars See more »

Filming Locations:

Yugoslavia

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Trivia

Post-Viking era Norwegians fought in the Crusades from 1107-1110, under King Sigurd I. They scored victories in Portugal, Sidon, and Beirut. Check out "Norwegian Crusade" on Wikipedia. See more »

Goofs

One of the Vikings fighting the Moors on the beach is wearing bright white underpants. 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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Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version was cut for violence and the 1988 video release lost a further 13 secs to edit shots of horse-falls. See more »

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Fond memories
11 June 2001 | by GrumpyEuryaleSee all my reviews

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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