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The Seventh Seal -- Disillusioned and exhausted after a decade of battling in the Crusades, a knight encounters Death on a desolate beach and challenges him to a fateful game of chess.

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Director:
Writers:
Ingmar Bergman (play)
Ingmar Bergman (screenplay)
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Release Date:
13 October 1958 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
7 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Compelling Drama From Ingmar Bergman See more (245 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gunnar Björnstrand ... Jöns, squire

Bengt Ekerot ... Death
Nils Poppe ... Jof / Joseph

Max von Sydow ... Antonius Block

Bibi Andersson ... Mia / Mary - Jof's wife
Inga Gill ... Lisa, blacksmith's wife
Maud Hansson ... Witch
Inga Landgré ... Karin, Block's Wife
Gunnel Lindblom ... Girl
Bertil Anderberg ... Raval
Anders Ek ... The Monk
Åke Fridell ... Blacksmith Plog
Gunnar Olsson ... Albertus Pictor, Church Painter
Erik Strandmark ... Jonas Skat
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Siv Aleros ... Flagellant (uncredited)
Sten Ardenstam ... Knight (uncredited)
Harry Asklund ... The landlord (uncredited)
Benkt-Åke Benktsson ... Merchant at the inn (uncredited)
Catherine Berg ... Young woman kneeling for the flagellants (uncredited)
Lena Bergman ... Young woman kneeling for the flagellants (uncredited)
Tor Borong ... Farmer at the inn (uncredited)
Gudrun Brost ... Woman at inn (uncredited)
Bengt Gillberg ... Flagellant (uncredited)
Lars Granberg ... Flagellant (uncredited)
Gunlög Hagberg ... Flagellant (uncredited)
Gun Hammargren ... Flagellant (uncredited)
Tor Isedal ... Man (uncredited)
Ulf Johansson ... Knight Commander (uncredited)
Tommy Karlsson ... Mikael, Jof and Maria's son (uncredited)
Uno Larsson ... Flagellant (uncredited)
Lennart Lilja ... Flagellant (uncredited)
Lars Lind ... The young monk (uncredited)
Monica Lindman ... Flagellant (uncredited)
Gordon Löwenadler ... Knight (uncredited)
Mona Malm ... Young pregnant woman (uncredited)
Josef Norman ... Old man at the inn (uncredited)
Gösta Prüzelius ... Man (uncredited)
Helge Sjökvist ... Flagellant (uncredited)
Georg Skarstedt ... Flagellant (uncredited)
Ragnar Sörman ... Flagellant (uncredited)
Fritjof Tall ... Man (uncredited)
Lennart Tollén ... Flagellant (uncredited)
Nils Whiten ... Old man addressed by the monk (uncredited)
Caya Wickström ... Flagellant (uncredited)
Karl Widh ... Man with crutches (uncredited)

Directed by
Ingmar Bergman 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ingmar Bergman  play "Trämålning"
Ingmar Bergman  screenplay

Produced by
Allan Ekelund .... producer
 
Original Music by
Erik Nordgren 
 
Cinematography by
Gunnar Fischer 
 
Film Editing by
Lennart Wallén 
 
Production Design by
P.A. Lundgren 
 
Costume Design by
Manne Lindholm 
 
Makeup Department
Nils Nittel .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lennart Olsson .... assistant director (as Lennart Ohlsson)
 
Art Department
Carl-Henry Cagarp .... props
 
Sound Department
Evald Andersson .... sound effects
Lennart Wallin .... sound
Aaby Wedin .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Åke Nilsson .... assistant camera (as Åke G. Nilsson)
 
Music Department
Sixten Ehrling .... conductor
Erik Nordgren .... music arranger
 
Other crew
Katinka Faragó .... script girl (as Katarina Faragó)
Else Fisher .... choreographer (as Else Fischer)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Det sjunde inseglet" - Sweden (original title)
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Runtime:
96 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:12 | Italy:VM14 (original rating) | Italy:T (re-rating) | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Singapore:PG | South Africa:PG | South Korea:15 | South Korea:12 (2012) | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | UK:X (original rating) | USA:Not Rated | USA:TV-PG (cable rating) | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
The chess pieces used in the movie was sold from Ingmar Bergman's descendent's estate in 2009 for 1m Swedish Krona (around USD$145,000 at the time).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In a close shot at the seashore, the sun is visible behind Block's back, but it's gone in the following wide shot.See more »
Quotes:
Jöns:Between a scarlet woman's knees, a man like me can take his ease.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
HÄSTEN SITTER I TRÄDETSee more »

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If there are seven seals mentioned in the Bible, what are the first six?
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62 out of 73 people found the following review useful.
Compelling Drama From Ingmar Bergman, 4 November 2000
Author: jhclues from Salem, Oregon

A compelling contemplation of death and the nature of Man's existence, Ingmar Bergman's `The Seventh Seal' is uncompromising, riveting drama that is every bit as striking conceptually as it is philosophically. In the Fourteenth Century a knight, Antonius Block (Max von Sydow), and his squire, Jons (Gunnar Bjornstrand), have returned after ten years away at the Crusades to their native Sweden, and are beginning their journey home. For Block, it is a pensive time; he is troubled by what he perceives as God's silence, and thirsts for knowledge and some meaning to his life, as well as a resolution of faith, which has deserted him. Jons, meanwhile, is a study in jaded indifference, who believes in nothing beyond the present and whatever his senses and current circumstances dictate. Shortly after their arrival on the coast of Sweden, Death (Bengt Ekerot) comes for Block. But Block strikes a bargain with him, challenging him to a game of chess, to be played as they continue on with their journey. As long as Block prevails, they will go on; if he wins, he will be released. And though Block knows what the outcome must inevitably be, he welcomes Death's acceptance of his challenge, for the game affords him perhaps enough time to fulfill his quest, while adding purpose to what promises to be an arduous trek through a land being ravaged by the Black Plague. Von Sydow brings a commanding presence to the screen as Block, his very countenance bespeaking strength and poise. His subtle, stoic approach to this enigmatic character is captivating, and lends a depth and dignity that makes Block truly memorable. By contrast, Jons' strength seems born of his indifference; he takes things as they come, and is governed by a somewhat fatalistic philosophy. Bjornstrand, a gifted, eloquent actor (and veteran of numerous Bergman films), invests an earthy, gritty quality to Jons that plays effectively opposite von Sydow's more ethereal portrayal of Block. It is significant that in the closing scene the final speech, in the presence of Death, is accorded to Jons; for it elevates the character to a station equal to, if not surpassing, that of the protagonist, Block. The supporting cast includes Nils Poppe (Jof), Bibi Andersson (Mia), Inga Gill (Lisa), Gunnel Lindblom (Girl), Anders Ek (The Monk), Ake Fridell (Plog) and Erik Strandmark (Skat). Written and directed by Bergman, `The Seventh Seal' is a thought provoking, earnest meditation on faith and mortality that is filled with stunning metaphoric and visual images that will forever be indelibly inscribed in your memory. One scene in particular, in which the players link hands and, silhouetted against a twilight sky are led by Death in a dance across the crest of a distant hill, is breathtaking in it's simplicity. It stands (as does this entire film) as an example of why Ingmar Bergman is one of the greatest directors in the history of the cinema. I rate this one 10/10.

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when does the Knight join the family? TamalpaisHigh
Does God Exist? adamsnd
how would YOU challenge Death?? louis_conte
Pretentious, silly, even at the time. objviewer
Oh boy, if Heisenburg challenged death spencer-404-211564
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