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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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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

Robert Taylor was originally in the running for the part of Rolfe (Richard Widmark). See more »

Goofs

Gold, like lead, is a soft and non-resonating material. A bell made of solid gold would "clunk" rather than ring. See more »

Quotes

Olla: Well, where are we?
Rolfe: Civilization.
Olla: Huh?
Rolfe: [Disgustedly] No... you wouldn't understand that.
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Othelo goes Valhalla
3 December 2001 | by marciodecarvalhoSee all my reviews

Considering Kirk Douglas, only five years before, has made of his 'The Vikings' the definitive viking epic, not so bad we could be entertained with a lighthearted version of the norwegian warriors. Sort of a 'comic relief' after the bloody, harsh, moody Douglas unsurpassed masterpiece.

Not to be taken seriously, this one. Directed by Jack Cardiff ('The Vikings' cinematographer), it offers fun, adventure, and a semi-Monty Python approach at times. The plot is the silliest ever, acting is hammy to the best, but what the hell?

The Othelo-tailored moor, cortesy of Sidney Poitier, is straight. The nice Russ Tamblyn makes his best. Rossana Schiaffino is traffic-stopper, jawbreaker, but this is a Richard Widmark's movie from the beginning to the end, because he is the only one who clearly got the point across: he is taken nothing, absolutely nothing, too seriously! He is clearly blinking an eye to all off us viewers all the time, saying: "Relax, folks, it's only a movie! Let's have fun!"

Somewhere in this very picture a given viking sighs: 'there's no real vikings anymore, like in the old times!" Man, they stayed all in the Kirk Douglas' movie, you bet! In this one, just tongue-in-cheek slapstick. Where's my popcorn pack?


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