The Long Ships Reviews
Vikings speak with American accents, too, instead of European ones.
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.
It's the story of the nothern viking guy going south and loses ship and crew and goes back home, steals another ship and goes looking for some really big byzatian golden bell.
Richard Vidmark, more known in fighting WW2 in black and white plays the storytelling and friendly viking who is caght up by the evil morish prince played by Sidney Poitier.
The hairy northerners ends up in captivity and they have also taken a viking princess as prisoner. The black morish prince however has got a wife much looking like Elisabeth Taylor that hasn't been layed in weeks who helps out.
Actually better than "the Vikings" but more or less silly all the time
Nothing too serious here, just an exuberant swashbuckler expertly directed by the genius cinematographer Jack Cardiff, who shot such Technicolor masterpieces as The Red Shoes, Black Narcissus, The Tales of Hoffman, another film in this picture's vein, The Vikings, and even the film that typified 1980's action movies, Rambo: First Blood Part II.
Quite a career. Quite a filmmaker. Quite a movie.
not great filmmaking but entertaining in that matinee sort of way.