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½ September 7, 2014
Some parts of this Saturday matinee offering are rather dubious now, like the flagrant racism and sexist overtones in which women are treated like cattle.

Vikings speak with American accents, too, instead of European ones.
September 15, 2013
This adventure flick is in terrible taste. The viking "heroes" are just a bunch of thieves and rapists. This has very little to do with the original novel and if I were the author, I would be furious with this bastardised adaptation.
April 11, 2013
Assisti este filme em 1978 no meu país no cine S. Paulo. Gostaria de ver outra vez. Gosto!
October 3, 2011
Recommended by my friend 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.
½ 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.
May 29, 2011
Rather pedestrian yarn about Vikings and Moors hunting for a giant golden bell has a few exciting fight scenes, but little else to recommend it. Look out for a good selection of British character actors including Gordon Jackson, David Lodge and Edward Judd in supporting roles.
November 28, 2010
Yes, It's time for some hardboiled hollywood viking action again.
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
May 18, 2010
Film de Viking, entre péplum, Odyssée et Aventuriers de l'Arche perdue (la quête d'une gigantesque cloche en or massif) - à la fois original et distrayant. L'action se passe le plus clair du temps chez les Maures, avec Sidney Poitier en sultan et Richard Widmark en chef Viking. Comme souvent dans les films de cette époque, les second rôle sont savoureux et les "clichés" historiques (drakkars, harem, supplice du pal etc.) sont traités avec humour (sic).
October 16, 2009
Great Cavalry tactics
½ September 3, 2009
Awesome movie, just wished Hastings or Walmart or somewhere would sell it.
August 22, 2009
well umn just seen this movie 4 the 1st time n think that this is a good movie 2 watch....its got a good cast of actors/actressess throughout this movie....i think that beba loncar, clifford evans, colin blakely, david lodge, edward judd, gordon jackson, lionel jeffries, oskar homolka, richard widmark play good roles/parts throughout this movie....i think that the director of this action/adventure/drama/classics movie had done a good job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect thorughout this movie....i think that this is a good movie 2 watch its enjoyable throughout this movie...i think that the fight scenes were pretty kewl throughout this movie
July 19, 2009
Terrific adventure film that pits Richard Widmark's (taking a break from his usual film noir fare) Viking, Rolfe against Sidney Poitier's Moor King, Aly Mansuh, as the two hunt for a legendary lost golden bell named 'The Mother of All Voices'.
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.
June 11, 2009
think something like "raiders of the lost ark" and you will have some idea what this is like. a viking expedition led by a swashbuckling indiana jones type looks for a giant golden bell - unfortunately a moorish king also wants it.
not great filmmaking but entertaining in that matinee sort of way.
May 15, 2009
The 1964 British-Yugoslavian epic "The Long Ships" with Richard Widmark and Sidney Poitier, about a rivalry between Viking seafarers and Moorish swordsmen in search of a giant golden bell, is an entertaining, formulaic, far-fetched load of nonsense with Widmark hamming it up and Poitier playing his Moorish prince, Aly Mansuh, with a straight face through out this 125 minute saga. Director Jack Cardiff started his career as a cinematographer and "The Long Ships" qualifies as a visual spectacle. If you're looking for traditional Vikings wielding broadswords and wearing helmets with horns, then this is not your movie. The sequence where the Monks take the shipwrecked Rolfe (Richard Widmark) in and tell him about the bell was created by long-time James Bond title sequence master Maurice Binder. Irving Allen produced this lusty saga and the budget is big. Dusan Radic's orchestral musical score is memorable. There are lots of fights and the ultimate tortune device called 'the Mare of Steel.' The Mare is a gigantic curved sword, razor-sharp with a horse's head. The victim is sent sliding down it and gets sliced into two pieces. Atmospheric and suspenseful at times. Widmark's Viking complains that everybody believes his lies but nobody believes the truth when he tells it.
½ January 18, 2009
Cool Epic film about Vikings chasing a lost golden Bell at the far side of the world in the land of the Moorish people.The cast is nice and the action a lot of fun! It's not the greatest adventure film ever but it's fun enough to keep you entertained.....a really nice flick.
½ November 26, 2008
Nothing like a great old Viking movie. Two great scenes: one when the vikings invade the harem room and two: the "Mare of Steel". See Poitier play a Moor.
½ August 17, 2008
Great story but dragged out too long. I was a little disappointed that Sidney Poitier didn't have more to his part.
½ August 10, 2008
unusual but interesting
August 7, 2008
Love this movie! Watch out for the Mare of Steel!
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