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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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Ingmar Bergman (play)
Ingmar Bergman (screenplay)
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Release Date:
13 October 1958 (USA) See more »
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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7 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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One of the most extraordinary movies ever made. I cannot recommend 'The Seventh Seal' highly enough. See more (259 total) »


  (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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Also Known As:
"Det sjunde inseglet" - Sweden (original title)
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96 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:12 | Italy:16+ (original rating) | Italy:T (video rating) | Italy:VM14 (re-rating) (1968) | 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

Did You Know?

The title is a Biblical quotation from The Revelation of St. John the Divine, chapter 8.See more »
Revealing mistakes: At the seashore, Block's face is brightly lit from the side, yet the rising (or setting) sun is behind his back.See more »
Antonius Block:Nothing escapes you!
Death:Nothing escapes me. No one escapes me.
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99 out of 132 people found the following review useful.
One of the most extraordinary movies ever made. I cannot recommend 'The Seventh Seal' highly enough., 12 July 2004
Author: Infofreak from Perth, Australia

'The Seventh Seal' is universally regarded as a masterpiece. It's one of those classics like 'Citizen Kane', 'Rear Window' or 'The Godfather' that has subtlety entered popular culture, so even if you haven't actually seen it you recognize references to it in other movies, TV, magazines and everyday conversation. The thing is like the aforementioned and 'Rashomon' and 'Sunset Blvd' it isn't regarded as a masterpiece for nothing, it really is one. I think anybody who loves movies will be totally knocked out by 'The Seventh Seal'. It's still one of the most extraordinary movies ever made. Visually it's stunning, the acting is first rate, and the end result is mesmerizing. Once seen never forgotten is a cliche, but it's the perfect description for this amazing film. Max von Sydow brilliantly plays Antonius Block, a knight returning from the Crusades who challenges Death (Bengt Ekerot) to a chess match. He is accompanied on his journey home by his cynical squire Jons (Gunnar Bjornstrand). Jons is my favourite character in the movie, and as good as von Sydow is Bjornstrand's performance is even better. I also was very taken by the traveling actors who become part of Block's entourage, Jof (Nils Poppe) and his wife Mia (Bibi Andersson), and confess to developing quite a crush on Mia. I cannot recommend 'The Seventh Seal' highly enough. Don't be put off by Bergman's highbrow reputation, this is a movie that can be appreciated by anybody, especially by old school horror fans. While it isn't strictly a horror movie itself anyone who admires the James Whale and Val Lewton classics of the 1930s and 1940s will find much to enjoy here.

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