The Long Ships

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 1964

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Director:
Jack Cardiff
Released:
1964
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The Long Ships is a 1964 British-Yugoslavian action adventure movie by director Jack Cardiff, based on the Swedish novel of the same name by Frans Gunar Bengtsson. Richard Widmark, Sidney Poitier, and Russ Tamblyn star in this Viking themed movie about the hunt for a huge, possibly fictional, golden bell called The Mother of Voices. Moorish king Aly Mansuh (Sidney Poitier) is convinced that it exists and will do anything to get it—including mounting a major expedition to locate and retrieve the bell. When a shipwrecked Norseman, Rolfe (Richard Widmark), sets out on a similar expedition, stealing a funeral ship along with several inebriated Vikings to serve as her crew, the race is on to see who finds the bell first, if anyone at all. Everyone is in for a whirlwind ride, at times literally, in this fast paced Viking adventure. The Long Ships was nominated for a 1965 BAFTA Award for Best British Costume (Colour).

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