The Long Ships

The Long Ships
The Long Ships
  • NR
  • 2h 6m
  • 1964
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The Long Ships is a rollicking, action-packed Viking adventure saga starring Richard Widmark (Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominee, Kiss of Death, 1947) and Sidney Poitier (Oscar-winning Best Actor,Lilies of the Field, 1963). Viking brothers Rolfe (Widmark) and Orm (Russ Tamblyn, West Side Story)steal the Norse king's funeral ship as well as his beautiful daughter, Gerda (Beba Loncar), and head off in search of the fabled "Mother of Voices," a huge solid-gold bell "as tall as three tall men." The brothers battle a maelstrom, a mutinous crew and vengeful Moorish troops led by Prince El Mansuh (Poitier). Highlighted by rousing battle scenes, daring escapes and humorous interludes, Time magazine stated The Long Ships has "more enjoyable bloody foolishness than many an epic costing three times as much."
© 1963 , renewed 1991 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Reviews
Variety
Variety Staff
Rotten

Any attempt to put this into the epic class falls down because of a hodge-podge of a storyline, a...

June 22, 2017
TIME Magazine
Fresh

Has impossible acting, a preposterous script, some eminently seeworthy ship reconstructions, and m...

June 22, 2017
Time Out
Trevor Johnston
Rotten

Awful international Technirama hodge-podge, adapted from a novel by Frank G Bengtsson, in which th...

June 21, 2017
New York Times
Howard Thompson
Fresh

A hollow movie and a loud one - but it moves.

June 21, 2017
TV Guide
Rotten

The press books announced "Sidney Poitier in his first non-Negro role!" Poitier put it most elegan...

June 22, 2017
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Action
  • Release Date:June 24, 1964
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    Stereo
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