The Long Ships
The Long Ships (1964)

In this elaborately mounted seafaring adventure, Rolfe (Richard Widmark) is a Viking leader with the cunning and devious mind of a pirate. Rolfe tells others sailors of "The Mother of Voices," a mammoth bell made of gold and as… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 24, 1964
DVD Release Date: June 24, 2003
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Variety Staff

Any attempt to put this into the epic class falls down because of a hodge-podge of a storyline, a mixture of styles and insufficient development of characterization.

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Howard Thompson
New York Times

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

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This is pure rubbish, but thoroughly enjoyable rubbish.

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TIME Magazine

Has impossible acting, a preposterous script, some eminently seeworthy ship reconstructions, and more enjoyable bloody foolishness than many an epic costing three times as much.

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TV Guide

The press books announced "Sidney Poitier in his first non-Negro role!" Poitier put it most elegantly: "To say it was disastrous is a compliment."

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

Awful international Technirama hodge-podge, adapted from a novel by Frank G Bengtsson, in which the Vikings wrestle with the Moors to lay hands on the legendary Golden Bell of St James (rather an anti-climax when it finally appears).

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Dennis Schwartz
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Treats history as if it were a tale fit for a romper room.

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Flixster Audience Score: 38% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
Okay, so this film is unrealistic, silly, historically inaccurate, and a tad racist and misogynistic, but it's fun. Good, schlocky, entertaining fun.… More
Tom Ericksen
A good, if schlocky, view of the Vikings wanderings -- Schlocky or not, I liked it
xGary Xx
This amusingly cheesy matinee style viking film features Richard Widmark and his brother Russ Tamblyn (sporting a very fetching pair of hot pants!) seemingly… More