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Director:
Writer:
Ingmar Bergman (writer)
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Release Date:
5 April 1963 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A small town priest struggles with his faith. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win See more »
NewsDesk:
Ingmar Bergman: 1918-2007
 (From IMDb News. 30 July 2007)

User Reviews:
Best film ever about life See more (61 total) »

Cast

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Ingrid Thulin ... Märta Lundberg, Schoolteacher

Gunnar Björnstrand ... Tomas Ericsson, Pastor
Gunnel Lindblom ... Karin Persson

Max von Sydow ... Jonas Persson
Allan Edwall ... Algot Frövik, Sexton
Kolbjörn Knudsen ... Knut Aronsson, Warden
Olof Thunberg ... Fredrik Blom, Organist
Elsa Ebbesen ... Magdalena Ledfors, Widow
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lars-Olof Andersson ... Young boy (uncredited)
Eddie Axberg ... Johan Strand, Schoolboy (uncredited)
Tor Borong ... Johan Åkerblom, Homesteader (uncredited)
Lars-Owe Carlberg ... Parish Constable (uncredited)
Ingmari Hjort ... Persson's daughter (uncredited)
Stefan Larsson ... Persson's son (uncredited)
Johan Olafs ... Gentleman with Horse (uncredited)
Bertha Sånnell ... Hanna Appelblad, Baker with Daughter (uncredited)
Christer Öhman ... Young boy (uncredited)

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

Produced by
Allan Ekelund .... producer
 
Original Music by
Evald Andersson (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Sven Nykvist 
 
Film Editing by
Ulla Ryghe 
 
Production Design by
P.A. Lundgren 
 
Costume Design by
Mago 
 
Makeup Department
Börje Lundh .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lenn Hjortzberg .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Karl-Arne Bergman .... props
 
Sound Department
Evald Andersson .... sound effects
Stig Flodin .... sound
Brian Wikström .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Rolf Holmquist .... assistant camera
Gerhard Carlsson .... electrician (uncredited)
Peter Wester .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Lars-Owe Carlberg .... location manager
Katinka Faragó .... continuity clerk
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Nattvardsgästerna" - Sweden (original title)
"The Communicants" - International (English title) (literal title)
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Runtime:
81 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (orginal rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | UK:A (original rating) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
When she saw the completed film, Ingmar Bergman's then wife Kabi Laretei said, "Yes, Ingmar, it's a masterpiece. But it's a dreary masterpiece."See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Tomas leaves the church to go to the scene of the suicide there is a lot of snow on his car and on the ground. But, when he arrives at the scene, the car is clean and there is no sign of snow on the ground.See more »
Quotes:
Märta Lundberg, Schoolteacher:God, why have you created me so eternally dissatisfied? So frightened, so bitter? Why must I realize how wretched I am? Why must I suffer so hellishly for my insignificance? If there is a purpose to my suffering, then tell me, so I can bear my pain without complaint. I'm strong. You made me so very strong in both body and soul, but you never give me a task worthy of my strength. Give my life meaning, and I'll be your obedient slave.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Bergman Island (2004) (TV)See more »

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18 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Best film ever about life, 22 January 2006
Author: -Peter- from Genk, Belgium

With this one Bergman touches the inner soul like no one ever did on film. The movie is about depression, how to deal with your principal beliefs when you don't believe in them anymore, "God's escaping me..." We feel the priest running out of strenght and slowly fading away in his disbeliefs, he then finds a man who he can relate to (Due to the depression he has, as heard about the bomb which the Chinese are creating, they are learnt to hate) He kind of uses him to give himself the power to get on with his own life, he doesn't listen to the man, but he explains his own problems, due to this the man kills himself, it's now the task of the priest to tell his wife, and by this he finds himself again, feeling again what his role in this so cruel world is. "What's the meaning of life" he says, "we can only know if we fight against ourself and our inner soul which leads us to suicide" that's why we live. Everything fits together so perfect, it's almost like I was living the movie. The characters play excellent, the cold winter settings make part of the mood the film was made for, make you feel, and that's why this movie is so excellent. It's a not so easy one but once you understand what it tells you realise why this movie exceeds storytelling of today's crap we get to see in theatres. Few films are so true and realistic.

I haven't seen all of Bergman's films, but for now this is the masterpiece 10/10

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