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  • TBC
  • 1963
  • 126 mins

The Long Ships

The Long Ships

Synopsis

A viking and a Moorish chieftan hunt for a giant golden bell.

About

In the 'so bad it's good' category of movies, this is pure rubbish, but thoroughly enjoyable rubbish.

Viking Richard Widmark is looking for a giant bell made of gold, but so is Sidney Poitier, a Moorish chieftain. It's a race between the two of them as they whip their querulous crews towards Spain and the amazing treasure. Not only are they in competition with each other, they also have to fight dissent within their crews, a challenge that Widmark faces with good humour while Poitier comes over all nasty and villainous.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Oskar Homolka, Sidney Poitier, Rosanna Schiaffino, Lionel Jeffries, Russ Tamblyn, Richard Widmark
  • Director: Jack Cardiff
  • Screen Writer: Berkely Mather, Beverley Cross
  • Writer (Book): Frans G Bengtsson
  • Producer: Irving Allen
  • Photographer: Christopher Challis
  • Composer: Dusan Radic

In a nutshell

Some good set-piece battle scenes and historical hokum to spare contribute to the tone of boys' own fun.

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