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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, archivist

Erland Josephson ... Baron von Merkens
Naima Wifstrand ... Old Lady with Hat
Ulf Johansson ... Therapist 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 ... Musical leader Kreisler (uncredited)
Mikael Rundquist ... Boy in dream (uncredited)
Mona Seilitz ... Corpse in mortuary (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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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) | West Germany:16 (original rating)

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Bergman defines "The Hour of the Wolf" as "The time between midnight and dawn when most people die, when sleep is deepest, when nightmares are most palatable. It is the hour when the sleepless are pursued by their sharpest anxieties, when ghosts and demons hold sway. The hour of the wolf is also the hour when most children are born." According to "Films in Review" critic Henry Hart in the U.S. it's about 4 a.m. when the body's resistance is least.See more »
Johan Borg:The old ones called it "the hour of the wolf". It is the hour when the most people die, and the most are born. At this time, nightmares come to us. And when we awake, we are afraid.See more »
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23 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
"The hour when ghosts and demons are most powerful", 26 April 2007
Author: Galina from Virginia, USA

"Hour of the Wolf" (1968) is one of my favorite Bergman's films. I place it close to "Persona" to which it is a perfect matching piece. This impressive and disturbing movie about the loss of sanity by a tormented artist is another magnificent work of Ingmar Bergman, the closest to the horror genre he ever directed with his regular actors, Max von Sydow who is amazing as Johan and his Muse Liv Ullmann who is equally compelling as Alma, Jonah's wife. The film takes place on an isolated, windy island where Johan and pregnant Alma moved in hope for Johan to work on his paintings and where he is haunted by nightmares from the past that may or may not be just his dreams. They come to torture him during The Hour of the Wolf which Bergman describes as "the hour between night and dawn. It is the hour when most people die, when sleep is deepest, when nightmares are more real. It is the hour when the sleepless are haunted by their deepest fear, when ghosts and demons are most powerful. The Hour of the Wolf is also the hour when most children are born."

Bergman has always been obsessed and fascinated by the inner demons that imagination can create and like no other filmmaker has explored the deepest mysteries of human soul and mind.

Surrealistic, Gothic and dark horror film, with its magnificent black and white cinematography provided by Bergman's long time friend and collaborator, Sven Nykvist, "The Hour of the Wolf" is a frightening view of the mind of a mad person.

It's been mentioned in more than one comment and I agree that David Lynch might have seen "Hour of the Wolf" more than once and was influenced by it when working on his own dark and surrealistic "Erazerhead".


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