Long Ships
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The Long Ships

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Director: Jack Cardiff, Richard Widmark, Sidney Poitier, Russ Tamblyn

Cast: Jack Cardiff, Richard Widmark, Sidney Poitier, Russ Tamblyn

     
 

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In this elaborately mounted seafaring adventure, Rolfe (Richard Widmark) is a Viking leader with the cunning and devious mind of a pirate. Rolfe tells others sailors of "The Mother of Voices," a mammoth bell made of gold and as tall as three men, but he adds enough incorrect details to throw them off the proper trail. However, Aly Mansuh (Sidney Poitier), the leader

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In this elaborately mounted seafaring adventure, Rolfe (Richard Widmark) is a Viking leader with the cunning and devious mind of a pirate. Rolfe tells others sailors of "The Mother of Voices," a mammoth bell made of gold and as tall as three men, but he adds enough incorrect details to throw them off the proper trail. However, Aly Mansuh (Sidney Poitier), the leader of a group of ambitious Moors, sees through Rolfe's story, and soon the two are in a breakneck race to be the first to capture the precious bell. The Long Ships also features Russ Tamblyn and Oscar Homolka.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
This film entertains in the tradition of the old Saturday matinee about high adventure, far-off lands, secret treasures, and swordplay. Although the production was nominated for a British Academy Award for costumes, it is a gigantic golden bell called the Mother of Voices that is the center of attention. Rival warriors Rolfe the Viking (Richard Widmark) and Aly the Moor (Sidney Poitier) both covet it, but only Rolfe knows its location -- an eminence on a distant shore. After Aly captures Rolfe and his men with a huge army, the reluctant partners cast off to claim the prize. But, of course, they don't plan to share it. The film, though short on aesthetics, is long on lavish spectacle, derring-do, and mortal combat. One hapless Moor gets to ride the razor edge of the mare of steel, an execution device, as a demonstration to Rolfe and his men that they had better behave while in Aly's charge. Widmark portrays the Viking leader as lusty and proud while Poitier invests his character with restrained nobility. Both men gain the sympathy of the audience, making it easy to root for them as they become raiders of the lost bell. Finding the bell and hearing it peal spellbinds the adventurers; they realize for the first time the true worth of the solid-gold treasure, as tall as three big men. But beholding it is one thing; moving it is another. Thus, the conflict shifts from man against man to man against bell. A rousing musical score accompanies the action, and the cinematography makes the most of the scenery. Oscar Homolka is entertaining as a Viking slob, and agile Russ Tamblyn makes a sprightly warrior.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/24/2003
UPC:
0043396121195
Original Release:
1963
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
2:05:00
Sales rank:
18,006

Special Features

Digitally mastered audio and anamorphic video; Remastered in high definition; Widescreen presentation; Audio: English; Subtitles: English, French, Japanese, Korean; Theatrical trailers; Interactive menus; Scene selections

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Widmark Rolfe
Sidney Poitier Aly Mansuh
Russ Tamblyn Orm
Rosanna Schiaffino Aminah
Beba Loncar Gerda
Oscar Homolka Krok
Edward Judd Sven
Clifford Evans King Harald
Jeanne Moody Ylva
Colin Blakely Rhykka
Gordon Jackson Vahlin
David Lodge Olla
Paul Stassino Raschild
Lionel Jeffries Aziz
Henry Oscar Auctioneer

Technical Credits
Jack Cardiff Director
Irving Allen Producer
Christopher G. Challis Cinematographer
Bill Constable Art Director
Beverley Cross Screenwriter
David Ffolkes Costumes/Costume Designer
Geoffrey Foot Editor
John Hoesli Art Director
Berkley Mather Screenwriter
Anthony Mendleson Costumes/Costume Designer
Syd Pearson Special Effects
Dusan Radic Score Composer
Bill Warrington Special Effects
Zoran Zorcic Art Director

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [2:49]
2. Legend of the Great Golden Bell [2:58]
3. Rolfe the Storyteller [1:37]
4. Aly Mansuh [2:47]
5. The Tower of Torture [4:37]
6. King Harald's Funeral Ship [3:55]
7. Krok's Party [6:14]
8. Rolfe's Homecoming [3:54]
9. "I Found the Bell." [5:30]
10. Stealing the King's Property [7:01]
11. The Black Sail [2:24]
12. A Maiden Must Die! [6:52]
13. The Maelstrom [2:55]
14. Vikings vs. Moors [2:50]
15. Rolfe Surrenders [4:18]
16. Moot the Merriet [6:17]
17. Alone With Aminah [9:56]
18. Busy With the Snow Princess [3:50]
19. Defending the Princess' Honor [3:17]
20. Vikings in the Harem! [1:18]
21. Princely Liars [3:40]
22. The Mare of Steel [2:09]
23. Divided Loyalties [9:16]
24. Return to the Maelstrom [1:04]
25. For Whom the Bell Tolls [4:08]
26. Aminah's Fatal Warning [1:56]
27. The Final Battle [7:28]
28. Mansuh's Crushing Defeat [3:06]

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The Long Ships 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
tartantart More than 1 year ago
In the 60's this was a classic action-pack adventure. While the plot is predictable the acting by Sidney Poitier & Richard Widmark was very good. Oscar Homolka gave a solid performance as the disgruntled father of a wayward Widmark. A little romance, a few battles, a shipwreck or two and a treasure make for a great rainy day watch with the kids. Violence & nudity are minimal and don't recall any foul language. After all this was the 60's. Pass the popcorn!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Why is it that this and other titles are only published in the NTSC format and NOT in PAL or SECAM??? What are the studio's up to? and why can't I find anyone to ask??? I'd buy The Long Ships if it was available in PAL but.....