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Wild Strawberries -- Traveling to receive an honorary degree, Professor Isak Borg (masterfully played by the veteran Swedish director Victor Sjöström), is forced to face his past, come to terms with his faults, and accept the inevitability of his approaching death.

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Director:
Writer:
Ingmar Bergman (written by)
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Release Date:
22 June 1959 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
After living a life marked by coldness, an aging professor is forced to confront the emptiness of his existence. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 12 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Stunning Bergman Masterpiece -- Maybe His Best? See more (143 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Victor Sjöström ... Dr. Isak Borg

Bibi Andersson ... Sara

Ingrid Thulin ... Marianne Borg

Gunnar Björnstrand ... Dr. Evald Borg
Jullan Kindahl ... Agda
Folke Sundquist ... Anders
Björn Bjelfvenstam ... Viktor
Naima Wifstrand ... Mrs. Borg, Isak's Mother
Gunnel Broström ... Mrs. Alman
Gertrud Fridh ... Karin Borg, Isak's wife
Sif Ruud ... Aunt Olga
Gunnar Sjöberg ... Sten Alman / The Examiner

Max von Sydow ... Henrik Åkerman
Åke Fridell ... Karin's lover
Yngve Nordwall ... Uncle Aron
Per Sjöstrand ... Sigfrid Borg
Gio Petré ... Sigbritt Borg
Gunnel Lindblom ... Charlotta Borg
Maud Hansson ... Angelica Borg
Ann-Marie Wiman ... Eva Åkerman
Eva Norée ... Anna Borg
Lena Bergman ... Kristina Borg, twin
Monica Ehrling ... Birgitta Borg, twin
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Göran Lundquist ... Benjamin Borg
Josef Norman ... Professor Tiger
Gunnar Olsson ... Bishop
Vendela Rudbäck ... Elisabeth - Mrs. Borg's Housemaid
Per Skogsberg ... Hagbart Borg
Peder Hellman ... Sigbritt's Baby (uncredited)
Ulf Johansson ... Mr. Borg - Isak's Father (uncredited)
Helge Wulff ... The Manager (uncredited)

Directed by
Ingmar Bergman 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ingmar Bergman  written by

Produced by
Allan Ekelund .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Erik Nordgren 
Göte Lovén (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Gunnar Fischer 
 
Film Editing by
Oscar Rosander 
 
Production Design by
Gittan Gustafsson 
 
Costume Design by
Millie Ström 
 
Makeup Department
Nils Nittel .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gösta Ekman .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Karl-Arne Bergman .... property master
 
Sound Department
Aaby Wedin .... sound
Sven Rudestedt .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Lennart Wallin .... sound (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Louis Huch .... still photographer (uncredited)
Björn Thermænius .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Katinka Faragó .... script girl (as Katherina Faragó)
Sven Sjönell .... location manager
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Smultronstället" - Sweden (original title)
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Runtime:
91 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:16 (original rating) | Argentina:13 (re-rating) (2015) | Australia:PG | Canada:PA (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:Unrated | Netherlands:12 (video rating) | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | South Korea:12 (2012) | South Korea:15 (2002) | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | UK:A (original rating) | USA:Unrated | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
Final screen appearance of Victor Sjöström.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Marianne says she is going to go swimming at the old house, but when she returns her hair does not appear to be wet.See more »
Quotes:
Sara:Good-bye, father Isak. Can't you see you're the one I love? Today, tomorrow and forever
Isak Borg:I'll keep that in mind
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Bergman Island (2004) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
PARADEMARSCH DER 18:ER HUSARENSee more »

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25 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Stunning Bergman Masterpiece -- Maybe His Best?, 20 September 2006
Author: evanston_dad from United States

"Wild Strawberries" profoundly moved me. The theme -- an old man coming up fast on death and wondering if his life has had any meaning -- is an old one for Bergman, and one which he explored ad nauseum throughout the subsequent decades. But here Bergman approaches the question with an uncharacteristic optimism and sense of hope. For once, he seems to come close to finding some peace with the unknowns of life that obviously preoccupied him as an artist, and the movie he gives us is sad but immensely warm; resigned but calm and reflective.

An unequivocal masterpiece, and only one of a handful of Bergman films ("Persona" and "Cries and Whispers" being two others) that don't drive me over the edge when I watch them now.

Grade: A+

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