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Release Date:
5 March 1973 (Sweden) See more »
Four women dressed in white in a mansion painted red...haunted by whispers and cries. See more »
When a woman dying of cancer in early twentieth-century Sweden is visited by her two sisters, long-repressed feelings between the siblings rise to the surface. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Won Oscar. Another 25 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

Harriet Andersson ... Agnes
Kari Sylwan ... Anna

Ingrid Thulin ... Karin

Liv Ullmann ... Maria / Mother

Anders Ek ... Isak
Inga Gill ... Storyteller

Erland Josephson ... David

Henning Moritzen ... Joakim
Georg Årlin ... Fredrik
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ingmar Bergman ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Ingrid Bergman ... Spectator (uncredited)
Lena Bergman ... Maria as a Child (uncredited)
Lars-Owe Carlberg ... Spectator (uncredited)
Malin Gjörup ... Anna's Daughter (uncredited)
Greta Johansson ... Undertaker (uncredited)
Karin Johansson ... Undertaker (uncredited)
Ann-Christin Lobråten ... Spectator (uncredited)
Börje Lundh ... Spectator (uncredited)
Rossana Mariano ... Agnes as a Child (uncredited)
Monika Priede ... Karin as a Child (uncredited)
Linn Ullmann ... Maria's Daughter (uncredited)

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

Produced by
Ingmar Bergman .... producer
Lars-Owe Carlberg .... producer
Cinematography by
Sven Nykvist 
Film Editing by
Siv Lundgren 
Production Design by
Marik Vos-Lundh 
Costume Design by
Marik Vos-Lundh 
Makeup Department
Cecilia Drott .... makeup artist
Britt Falkemo .... makeup artist
Börje Lundh .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arne Carlsson .... assistant director
Art Department
Gunilla Hagberg .... property master
Ann-Christin Lobråten .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Sven Fahlén .... sound mixer
Tommy Persson .... sound
Owe Svensson .... sound mixer
Owe Svensson .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Anders Bergkvist .... grip
Gerhard Carlsson .... gaffer
Stefan Gustafsson .... gaffer
Bo-Erik Gyberg .... still photographer
Lars Karlsson .... assistant camera
Ragnar Waaranperä .... grip
Music Department
Pierre Fournier .... musician: cello
Other crew
Katinka Faragó .... script supervisor

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Viskningar och rop" - Sweden (original title)
"Cries and Whispers" - International (English title) (imdb display title), UK (imdb display title), USA (DVD box title)
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91 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 | Italy:T (dvd rating) (self-applied) | Italy:VM14 (original rating) | Netherlands:18 (original rating) | Portugal:M/18 (original rating) (censored) | Portugal:M/12 (re-rating) | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 (2001) | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (re-rating) (1998) | USA:R

Did You Know?

The mansion where the film was shot, Taxinge-Nasby, had not been inhabited for years, and the repainting of the walls with glossy red paint, and the half run-down condition of the place, meant that it had to be extensively renovated by the new caretakers.See more »
Karin:Anna. You hear that?
Anna:I hear only the wind and the ticking of the clocks.
Karin:No. It's something else.
Anna:I don't hear anything else.
Karin:I'm freezing. Good night.
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36 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
Sad, cold, profoundly desperate, 31 December 1999
Author: Dennis Littrell from United States

To see Liv Ullmann, whose nature is so warm and natural, play a role in which her warmth is superficial and fraudulent, is a little offsetting; yet, great actress that she is, she pulls it off, so that if I had never seen her before, I would believe she was that way.

"Cries and Whispers," much ballyhooed, I recall, when it appeared, seems too psychoanalytically intense today; dark and mysterious, beautifully filmed in an intense red-yes, very striking against the northern cold, but somehow not entirely convincing. The people are cynically presented as tortured animals caring only for themselves, without a scrap of genuine feeling for others. Anna, the maid, is the exception, so that she may serve as a foil for the rest of them.

Harriet Andersson gives a striking performance as Agnes who is dying of cancer. I have seen what she portrays, and can tell you she expressed it in all its horror and hopelessness. Ullmann plays Maria, one of her sisters who touches others easily, but without real feeling, so that the touches mean nothing. For those who grew up cinematically during the seventies, she was a great, expressive, sensual, flawless star of the screen, one of Ingmar Bergman's jewels. Bergman himself of course was already a legend by the time this film was made, a great master who did what he wanted and what he felt, yet never lost sight of the audience. What he seems to be saying here is we are desperate creatures living a cold and ultimately empty existence. The ending clip seems an after thought that seeks our redemption, but it arrives too little too late. We are lost.

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