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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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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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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:

12 | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | Yugoslavia

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 1964 (West Germany) 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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Runtime:

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

As the ship approaches, the bell dome is shown at the top of a sheer cliff. Yet everyone climbs a gentler slope than the vertical cliff initially shown. See more »

Quotes

Olla: Well, where are we?
Rolfe: Civilization.
Olla: Huh?
Rolfe: [Disgustedly] No... you wouldn't understand that.
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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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The OTHER great Viking movie.
14 December 2001 | by jckruizeSee all my reviews

After Kirk Douglas' THE VIKINGS, this was a close second in fun, Saturday matinée-style spectacle. Richard Widmark inhabits the role of the Viking, Rolfe, with a breezy, unstilted style that suits his character's sense of derring-do perfectly. In contrast, Sidney Poitier plays it straight, and his majestic voice and bearing make him a commanding yet sympathetic villain. The plot is lightweight, it's true, but there's much fun to be had for those of us fond of old-fashioned adventure in distant eras and exotic climes. Sit back, drink in the magnificent cinematography and Dusan Radic's powerful, melodic score and enjoy the heck out of this epic clash of Vikings and Moors. And be warned: the Mare of Steel is not for the faint-hearted!


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