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9 April 1968 (USA) See more »
"The Hour of the Wolf" is the hour between night and dawn. It is the hour when most people die. It is the hour when the sleepless are haunted by their deepest fear, when ghosts and demons are most powerful.
While vacationing on a remote Scandanavian island with his younger pregnant wife, an artist has an emotional breakdown while confronting his repressed desires. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Max von Sydow ... Johan Borg

Liv Ullmann ... Alma Borg
Gertrud Fridh ... Corinne von Merkens

Georg Rydeberg ... Lindhorst

Erland Josephson ... Baron von Merkens

Naima Wifstrand ... Old Lady with Hat
Ulf Johansson ... Heerbrand
Gudrun Brost ... Gamla Fru von Merkens
Bertil Anderberg ... Ernst von Merkens

Ingrid Thulin ... Veronica Vogler
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Agda Helin ... von Merken's Maid (uncredited)
Lenn Hjortzberg ... Kreisler (uncredited)
Mikael Rundquist ... Boy in Dream (uncredited)
Folke Sundquist ... Tamino (uncredited)

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

Produced by
Lars-Owe Carlberg .... producer
Original Music by
Lars Johan Werle 
Cinematography by
Sven Nykvist 
Film Editing by
Ulla Ryghe 
Production Design by
Marik Vos-Lundh  (as Marik Vos)
Costume Design by
Makeup Department
Kjell Gustavsson .... assistant makeup artist
Tina Johansson .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Lars-Owe Carlberg .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lenn Hjortzberg .... assistant director
Art Department
Karl-Arne Bergman .... props
Sound Department
Evald Andersson .... sound effects
Lennart Engholm .... sound
Olle Jacobsson .... sound mixer
Per-Olof Pettersson .... sound (as P. O. Pettersson)
Camera and Electrical Department
Anders Bodin .... assistant camera
Roland Lundin .... assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eivor Kullberg .... costume assistant
Other crew
Börje Lundh .... mask
Bo Arne Vibenius .... unit director (as Bo Vibenius)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Vargtimmen" - Sweden (original title)
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90 min | Sweden:99 min (original version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Australia:PG (DVD rating) | Australia:A (original rating) | Finland:K-16 | France:16 | Germany:12 (re-rating) (2006) | Ireland:18 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) | Singapore:NC-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (2004) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:16 (original rating)

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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.See more »
Alma Borg:I said very little and he liked that. He liked me.See more »


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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
we are drawn in further, as is she, 20 March 2008
Author: christopher-underwood from United Kingdom

Our early encounters with Johan Borg, played by the enigmatic, Max von Sydow do not encourage our sympathy. The painter seems troubled but boorish with it and something of a bully. Liv Ullmann is wonderful as his long suffering wife, Alma, and really tries to help her husband overcome his illness. This is the reason they are on the (deserted?) island, to give him a chance to overcome his demons. And what demons! For the first half of the film we are about as bemused as Alma as to what is going on with all the various encounters, but as the film progresses we are drawn in further, as is she. The artist overcome by his own creative imaginings or a sick man struggling with his nightmares? Can one tell the difference in the end? As the two main characters finally fall in together, dragging us with them a full blown Gothic melodrama opens up and almost engulfs us all. Most original and horrifying work. I don't know if it was just me but I had to play this with 'hard of hearing' English as I could find no other English track on the DVD.

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