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.

Movie Data


Original Title Det sjunde inseglet

Status Released

Original Language Swedish

Runtime 1h 37m

Budget -

Revenue -

Homepage -

Release Information

  • October 13, 1958
    NR, Theatrical



Cast 31

  1. Max von Sydow

    Max von Sydow
    Antonius Block

  2. Gunnar Björnstrand
  3. Bengt Ekerot
  4. Nils Poppe
  5. Bibi Andersson
  6. Inga Gill

    Inga Gill
    Lisa, Plog's wife

  7. MH
  8. Inga Landgré

    Inga Landgré
    Karin, Block's wife

  9. Gunnel Lindblom

    Gunnel Lindblom
    Mute girl

  10. BA
  11. AE

    Anders Ek

  12. ÅF

    Åke Fridell
    Plog the smith

  13. GO

    Gunnar Olsson
    Albertus Pictor, church painter

  14. ES

    Erik Strandmark
    Jonas Skat

  15. SA

    Sten Ardenstam
    Knight (uncredited)

  16. GB

    Gudrun Brost
    Woman at inn (uncredited)

  17. LL

    Lars Lind
    The young monk (uncredited)

  18. BB

    Benkt-Åke Benktsson
    Merchant at the inn (uncredited)

  19. TB

    Tor Borong
    Farmer at the inn (uncredited)

  20. HA

    Harry Asklund
    The landlord (uncredited)

  21. TK

    Tommy Karlsson
    Mikael, Jof and Maria's son (uncredited)

  22. Gösta Prüzelius

    Gösta Prüzelius
    Man (uncredited)

  23. Tor Isedal

    Tor Isedal
    Man (uncredited)

  24. Mona Malm

    Mona Malm
    Young pregnant woman (uncredited)

  25. JN

    Josef Norman
    Old man at the inn (uncredited)

  26. FT

    Fritjof Tall
    Man (uncredited)

  27. CB

    Catherine Berg
    Young woman kneeling for the flagellants (uncredited)

  28. LB

    Lena Bergman
    Young woman kneeling for the flagellants (uncredited)

  29. UJ

    Ulf Johanson
    Knight Commander (uncredited)

  30. GL

    Gordon Löwenadler
    Knight (uncredited)

  31. NW

    Nils Whiten
    Old man addressed by the monk (uncredited)

Crew 8


  1. PL

    P.A. Lundgren
    Production Design


  1. GF

    Gunnar Fischer
    Director of Photography

Costume & Make-Up

  1. ML

    Manne Lindholm
    Costume Design


  1. Ingmar Bergman

    Ingmar Bergman


  1. LW


  1. AE

    Allan Ekelund


  1. EN

    Erik Nordgren
    Original Music Composer


  1. Ingmar Bergman

    Ingmar Bergman

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