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491 (1964)

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 »


Vilgot Sjöman


Lars Görling (novel), Lars Görling | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Lars Lind ... Krister
Leif Nymark Leif Nymark ... Nisse
Stig Törnblom Stig Törnblom ... Egon
Lars Hansson Lars Hansson ... Pyret
Sven Algotsson Sven Algotsson ... Jingis
Torleif Cederstrand Torleif Cederstrand ... Butcher
Bo Andersson Bo Andersson ... Fisken
Lena Nyman ... Steva
Frank Sundström ... Inspector
Åke Grönberg ... Reverend Mild
Mona Andersson Mona Andersson ... Kajsa
Jan Blomberg Jan Blomberg ... Tester
Siegfried Wald Siegfried Wald ... German Sailor
Willem Fricke Willem Fricke ... German Sailor
Erik Hell ... Policeman


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

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


Crime | Drama


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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 »

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German theatrical version was cut by ca. 12 minutes to secure a "Not under 18" rating. See more »


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A shocking movie for its time, poignant then obsolete now!
25 April 1999 | by SasanSee 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.

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16 March 1964 (Sweden) See more »

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