When disillusioned Swedish knight Antonius Block returns home from the Crusades to find his country in the grips of the Black Death, he challenges Death to a chess match for his life. Tormented by the belief that God does not exist, Block sets off on a journey, meeting up with traveling players Jof and his wife, Mia, and becoming determined to evade Death long enough to commit one redemptive act while he still lives.

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  1. Ingmar Bergman

    Director, Screenplay

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  1. Max von Sydow

    Max von Sydow

    Antonius Block

  2. Gunnar Björnstrand

    Gunnar Björnstrand


  3. Bengt Ekerot

    Bengt Ekerot


  4. Nils Poppe

    Nils Poppe


  5. Bibi Andersson

    Bibi Andersson


  6. Inga Gill

    Inga Gill

    Lisa, Plog's wife

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Original Title Det sjunde inseglet

Status Released

Original Language Swedish

Runtime 1h 37m

Budget -

Revenue -

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  • October 13, 1958
    NR, Theatrical



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