Up 33,427 this week

Barabbas (1953)

 |  Drama  |  5 May 1953 (Sweden)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.5/10 from 39 users  
Reviews: 1 user

The story about the thief who didn't get crucified because Jesus was choosen to take his place.



0Check in

Top 25 Trivia Items From the Last 25 Years

Here are some amazing facts and figures to deepen your appreciation of the movies you love.

See the full list

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 12 Feb 2012
a list of 53 titles
created 23 Feb 2012
a list of 29 titles
created 19 Apr 2012
a list of 24 titles
created 07 Oct 2014
list image
a list of 576 titles
created 2 months ago

Related Items

Search for "Barabbas" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Barabbas (1953)

Barabbas (1953) on IMDb 7.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Barabbas.
1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Miss Julie (1951)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Late 19th century. The young miss Julie lives in a mansion with her father. She has recently broken her engagement but is attracted to one of the servants, Jean. They spend the midsummer ... See full summary »

Director: Alf Sjöberg
Stars: Anita Björk, Ulf Palme, Märta Dorff
Barabbas (1961)
Adventure | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Barabbas, the criminal that Pontius Pilate induced the populace to vote to set free, so that Christ could be crucified, is haunted by the image of Jesus for the rest of his life.

Director: Richard Fleischer
Stars: Anthony Quinn, Silvana Mangano, Arthur Kennedy
Barabbas (TV Movie 2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Billy Zane stars as Barabbas--the man whose life was spared because of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Based on the Nobel Prize in Literature winning novel by Par Lagerkvist, Barabbas is a... See full summary »

Director: Roger Young
Stars: Billy Zane, Cristiana Capotondi, Filippo Nigro
Dreams (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In Stockholm, the fashion photographer Susanne Frank misses her married lover Henrik Lobelius that lives in Gothenburg with his wife and children, and the naive twenty years old model Doris... See full summary »

Director: Ingmar Bergman
Stars: Eva Dahlbeck, Harriet Andersson, Gunnar Björnstrand
Torment (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An idealistic adolescent, suffering under the thumb of a sadistic schoolmaster, falls in love with a loose girl who is bullied and tormented by another lover.

Director: Alf Sjöberg
Stars: Stig Järrel, Alf Kjellin, Mai Zetterling
Winter Light (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A small town priest struggles with his faith.

Director: Ingmar Bergman
Stars: Ingrid Thulin, Gunnar Björnstrand, Gunnel Lindblom
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The movie starts with a silent section of slapsticks in BLUE and white and with piano music, giving an outline of Karin's rise and fall. The rest is normal B&W movie. Karin does not belong ... See full summary »

Director: Alf Sjöberg
Stars: Ulla Jacobsson, Jarl Kulle, Ulf Palme
Only a Mother (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Director: Alf Sjöberg
Stars: Eva Dahlbeck, Ragnar Falck, Ulf Palme
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The officer Robert Motander is invited to a dinner with his upper-class relatives. During the dinner he observes the beautiful young house-maid, Iris. He suggests that the two of them go ... See full summary »

Director: Alf Sjöberg
Stars: Mai Zetterling, Alf Kjellin, Åke Claesson
The Father (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Director: Alf Sjöberg
Stars: Georg Rydeberg, Gunnel Lindblom, Lena Nyman
The Judge (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Krister and his fiancé Brita return to Stockholm after a stay in Italy. Shortly upon their return Krister learns that all his assets left to him by his father has disappeared. Together with... See full summary »

Director: Alf Sjöberg
Stars: Ingrid Thulin, Gunnar Hellström, Per Myrberg


Credited cast:
Lissi Alandh ...
Tor Bergner ...
Soldier at Jerusalem prison
Lillemor Biörnstad ...
Christian in prison at Rome
John W. Björling ...
Scribe at temple
Hugo Björne ...
Leper at Death Valley
Mats Björne ...
Member of Barabbas' gang
Helga Brofeldt ...
Mother of hare-lipped
Martha Colliander ...
Christian in prison at Rome
Eva Dahlbeck ...
The Mother
Gregor Dahlman ...
Worker in pottery
Elisabeth Dejou ...
Woman at Christian meeting
Carl Ericson ...
Christian in prison at Rome
Sture Ericson ...
Father of hare-lipped
Albin Erlandzon ...
Old man discussing with Petrus
John Fischer ...
Soldier at Jerusalem prison


The story about the thief who didn't get crucified because Jesus was choosen to take his place.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis




See all certifications »




Release Date:

5 May 1953 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Barabasz  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


SEK 1,000,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


(original release) | (theatrical)

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Referenced in Ljuset håller mig sällskap (2000) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Major Swedish production.
4 November 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Apparently suppressed to legitimized the De Laurentis-Anthony Quinn movie drawn from the same Pär Lagerkvist novel, this Swedish master piece comes in a run of outstanding films which made Sjöberg one of the great film makers. Unfortunately, like contemporaries Pietro Germi or Helmut Kaütner his work was not highlighted by critics (which tells you something about the process) and Sjöberg was totally overshadowed by Ingmar Bergman, with whom his career was interlaced. Bergman wrote some of the Sjöberg films. They later alternated National Theatre productions.

BARABBAS is one of Sjöberg's best and most daring productions. Though realized on a small scale, it manages to get through all the extreme material of the Biblical spectacles of the day - violent sex, lepers, the killing of the prosecutor while the woman is stoned, messy crucifixions. It has a realism in it's costuming and staging (the brothel sequence is particularly savage) and great performances - notably by Palme, the director's regular leading man.

With this, the film puts forward a complex argument, centering on the simple minded thief's trying to comprehend Christ, along with a striking structure where light changes indicated passing of time and the same shot represents different occasions.

Two great cameramen contribute.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Barabbas (1953) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: