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The Long Ships Reviews

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cosmo313
cosmo313

Super Reviewer

October 3, 2011
Okay, so this film is unrealistic, silly, historically inaccurate, and a tad racist and misogynistic, but it's fun. Good, schlocky, entertaining fun.

This story of Vikings on a quest to find a legendary bell made of solid gold in many ways feels like a precursor to stuff like Indiana Jones, or Pirates of the Caribbean, or the National Treasure movies. And for that reason, I gotta give it some props. Yeah, it's not really a good movie, but I liked it, and am glad I watched it. Plus, it's kinda fun seeing Sidney Poitier play a ruthless Moorish ruler.

Something I didn't expect was some of the neat cinematography trhis movie has, especially some cool sequences involving lots of shadows and silhouettes. Turn your brain off, and give this a watch. If you like good old fashioned adventure stories, then this is a movie for you.
sainttom93
sainttom93

Super Reviewer

March 1, 2008
A good, if schlocky, view of the Vikings wanderings -- Schlocky or not, I liked it
garyX
garyX

Super Reviewer

December 20, 2007
This amusingly cheesy matinee style viking film features Richard Widmark and his brother Russ Tamblyn (sporting a very fetching pair of hot pants!) seemingly having loads of fun as norsemen on the pillage in pursuit of a legendary golden bell, also coveted by Moorish prince Sidney Poitier. Poitier actually cuts quite a dashing figure in his period robes and armour, but looks a little uncomfortable playing the action man. The main problem with the film is not in it's inherent silliness; that's all part of the fun. Some of the early scenes on board ship are unintentionally hilarious! It's in casting these pirates as the "good" guys; I actually felt far more affinity towards Poitier and his Moors than Widmark's men, who came across as brutish testosterone soaked thugs. This is underlined by the unbelievably tasteless harem scene where rape is presented as some kind of comic lark, very much in the vein of a Carry On film. This shockingly misjudged (althought mercifully brief) sequence seriously marred my enjoyment of the film, which up until then I'd considered harmless fun. If you can ignore the dubious morality of it all, it's an enjoyable boys own adventure in the mold of Jason And The Argonauts, but that particular scene did leave me with a rather unpleasant taste in my mouth.
April 11, 2013
Assisti este filme em 1978 no meu país no cine S. Paulo. Gostaria de ver outra vez. Gosto!
July 8, 2011
An over-acted and schlocky tale, The Long Ships is still burned into my memory for the unforgettable "Mare of Steel" and the amazing golden bell. Richard Widmark plays the lead with goofy 60's populist sensibilities, but Poitier is solid as the self-absorbed villain. You'll find it hard to not wisecrack during many of the scenes, but it is still one of my boyhood favorites.
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