Six youth criminals are chosen to participate in a social experiment, named "Guesthouse Objectivity" (Pensionatet Sakligheten), where they are assigned to live together in an apartment ... See full summary »



(novel), | 1 more credit »


Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Hate Crime (2012)
Action | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A Jewish family, that just arrived in a new neighborhood, are recording their youngest son's birthday celebrations on video when their home is suddenly invaded by a bunch of crystal-meth-crazed Neo-Nazi lunatics.

Director: James Cullen Bressack
Stars: Jody Barton, Nicholas Adam Clark, Greg Depetro
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A woman goes behind bars in order to save her father's life.

Director: Rino Di Silvestro
Stars: Anita Strindberg, Eva Czemerys, Jenny Tamburi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  

Tells the story of a fashion photographer whose vocation is murder.

Director: Nick Palumbo
Stars: Sven Garrett, Cerina Vincent, Tony Todd
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The same movie with the same characters, cast and crew as I am Curious (Yellow), but with some different scenes and a different political slant. The political focus in Blue is personal ... See full summary »

Director: Vilgot Sjöman
Stars: Maj Hultén, Vilgot Sjöman, Lena Nyman
Traces of Death (Video 1993)
Documentary | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

This successor to "Faces of Death" collection is a collection of archive film and borrowed stock footage. In its opening you see the death of a woman named Maritza Martin, who was gunned ... See full summary »

Stars: Damon Fox, Maritza Martin Munoz, Emilio Nunez
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Lena, aged twenty, wants to know all she can about life and reality. She collects information on everyone and everything, storing her findings in an enormous archive. She experiments with ... See full summary »

Director: Vilgot Sjöman
Stars: Lena Nyman, Vilgot Sjöman, Börje Ahlstedt
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  

A prostitute looking for her next meal hitches a ride with a trucker that leaves her praying for her next breath.

Director: Adam Rehmeier
Stars: Rodleen Getsic, Jeff F. Renfro, Drettie Page
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

After graduating from high school 19 year old Göran goes to his uncle Anders's farm in the countryside for recreation. It's summer and a lot of work to do at the farm, but he, the city ... See full summary »

Director: Arne Mattsson
Stars: Edvin Adolphson, Ulla Jacobsson, John Elfström
Taboo (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Investigates and sheds light on various sexual identities and sexual peculiarities outside the accepted sexual norms.

Director: Vilgot Sjöman
Stars: Kjell Bergqvist, Lickå Sjöman, Halvar Björk
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Sweden in 1782. A young nobleman, named Jacob (Per Oscarsson) returns from France to his home and cherished sister Charlotte (Bibi Andersson) who is engaged to Baron Alsameden (Jarl Kulle).... See full summary »

Director: Vilgot Sjöman
Stars: Bibi Andersson, Per Oscarsson, Jarl Kulle
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Family honor, greed, machismo, homophobia, and the dreams of whores collide in a Mexican town. Rich, elderly Don Alejo is poised to sell the town for a profit, needing only to buy a ... See full summary »

Director: Arturo Ripstein
Stars: Roberto Cobo, Fernando Soler, Lucha Villa
Nf713 (Video 2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.9/10 X  

An extended sequence in which a man tortures a woman psychologically, physically and sexually. The woman is bound and restrained throughout and the man in question is in a position of ... See full summary »

Director: China Hamilton
Stars: Niki Flynn, China Hamilton


Cast overview, first billed only:
Lars Lind ...
Leif Nymark ...
Stig Törnblom ...
Lars Hansson ...
Sven Algotsson ...
Torleif Cederstrand ...
Bo Andersson ...
Lena Nyman ...
Frank Sundström ...
Åke Grönberg ...
Reverend Mild
Mona Andersson ...
Jan Blomberg ...
Siegfried Wald ...
German Sailor
Willem Fricke ...
German Sailor
Erik Hell ...


Six youth criminals are chosen to participate in a social experiment, named "Guesthouse Objectivity" (Pensionatet Sakligheten), where they are assigned to live together in an apartment while being supervised by two forgiving social workers. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


It is written that 490 times you can sin and be forgiven. This motion picture is about the 491st.


Crime | Drama


See all certifications »




Release Date:

16 March 1964 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

491  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The title "491" is based on the words of Christ for forgiveness. "Then Peter came to him and said: Lord, how often should I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times? Jesus said to him, I tell you, not seven times but seventy times seven." (Matt. 18:22). 70 x 7 is 490, but the question is whether the 491th time also will be forgiven. See more »


Featured in Censuren - En thriller (2011) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A shocking movie for its time, poignant then obsolete now!
25 April 1999 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

Six troubled young boys are to go through a social experiment. They are supposedly doing this out of free will but in fact they have no choice, either the experiment or jail. The person in charge, Lars Lind is a young bourgeois fellow who is repeatedly let down and abused by Leif Nymark.

This movie was an absolute bombshell when it opened in 1964. There are some scenes in this movie that were extremely shocking to the average audience of that time, including tacit allusions to sodomy and a scene depicting (out of shot) a dog rape! Apart from that there was the naked portrait of a society in change where young people behave in a way unknown to their parents. This was unnerving, unsettling. But the Problem with the movie is that despite its good intentions it doesn't work. The character of Krister played by Lind is nothing but a caricature. He lacks every trace of credibility. His naivete is just out of this world. Also Vilgot Sjöman's (know as Vilgot Seaman in the States) attacks on the new social experiments is unfounded, superficial and simplistic. '491' is still a movie worth seeing, at least as a historical lesson.

Also worth mentioning is that the screenwriter, Lars Görling committed suicide after his own movie 'Tillsammans med Gunilla måndag kväll och tisdag' Sweden (1965), turned out only to be a mediocre product.

11 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss 491 (1964) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: