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The Virgin Spring (1960) More at IMDbPro »Jungfrukällan (original title)

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14 November 1960 (USA) See more »
A kind but pampered beautiful young virgin and her family's pregnant and jealous servant set out to deliver candles to church, but only one returns from events that transpire in the woods along the way. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Max von Sydow ... Töre
Birgitta Valberg ... Märeta
Gunnel Lindblom ... Ingeri

Birgitta Pettersson ... Karin
Axel Düberg ... Thin Herdsman
Tor Isedal ... Mute Herdsman

Allan Edwall ... Beggar
Ove Porath ... Boy
Axel Slangus ... Bridge Keeper
Gudrun Brost ... Frida
Oscar Ljung ... Simon
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tor Borong ... Farm-hand
Leif Forstenberg ... Farm-hand

Directed by
Ingmar Bergman 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ulla Isaksson 

Produced by
Ingmar Bergman .... producer (uncredited)
Allan Ekelund .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Erik Nordgren 
Cinematography by
Sven Nykvist 
Film Editing by
Oscar Rosander 
Production Design by
P.A. Lundgren 
Costume Design by
Marik Vos-Lundh  (as Marik Vos)
Makeup Department
Börje Lundh .... makeup artist
Production Management
Carl-Henry Cagarp .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lenn Hjortzberg .... assistant director
Art Department
Karl-Arne Bergman .... property master
Sound Department
Evald Andersson .... sound effects
Staffan Dalin .... sound
Aaby Wedin .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Rolf Holmquist .... assistant camera
Other crew
Ulla Furås .... script girl
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Jungfrukällan" - Sweden (original title)
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89 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:M | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 (1966) | Finland:(Banned) (1960) | France:-16 | Germany:16 | Norway:16 (1960) (cut) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 (2015) | South Korea:15 (2001) | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) (cut) | UK:15 (re-rating) (1994) | USA:Unrated | West Germany:18 (original rating)
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Did You Know?

Wes Craven took inspiration in this film to make his horror film The Last House on the Left (1972).See more »
Revealing mistakes: If you look closely when the boy is placing dirt on Karin's body, you can see her torso move as the actress breathes (even though she was supposed to be dead).See more »
Ingeri:[First lines] God Odin come... God Odin come... God Odin come...See more »
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Referenced in I Spit on Your Grave (1978)See more »


Is 'The Virgin Spring' based on a book?
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8 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Revenge follows when innocence is destroyed., 20 July 2007
Author: FilmCriticLalitRao from Paris, France

This film is nicely etched in my memory as it has given a new meaning to human feelings.Although it is a great Christian parable,the issues of human behavior,wisdom and responsibility have not at all been sidelined by Bergman.To quote some examples : how would a man react if his "apple of his eyes" daughter is wantonly raped by some miscreants. In most of the cases revenge is the most probable expected outcome.So the devout Christian father depicted in the film is persuaded to carry out savage killings.These killings cannot be justified but no one would want to leave killers go unpunished and commit other crimes if they have harmed someone's close family member.There is even pardon too as a plea is made to spare a young boy's life.In this film the depiction of a staunch Jesus Christ loving family is top notch.Good too are the scenes of medieval village life where families lived together mutually sharing all their joys and sorrows.Virgin Spring will surely appeal to you if you have a penchant for religious films.

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