491 (film)

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491 poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Vilgot Sjöman
Produced by Lars-Owe Carlberg
Written by Lars Görling (also novel)
Vilgot Sjöman
Starring Lars Lind
Music by Georg Riedel
Cinematography Gunnar Fischer
Edited by Lennart Wallén
Distributed by Svensk Filmindustri
Release dates
  • 16 March 1964 (1964-03-16)
Running time
101 minutes
Country Sweden
Language Swedish

491 is a 1964 Swedish black-and-white drama film directed by Vilgot Sjöman, based on a novel by Lars Görling. The story is about a group of youth criminals who are chosen to participate in a social experiment, where they are assigned to live together in an apartment while being supervised by two forgiving social workers. The tagline is: It is written that 490 times you can sin and be forgiven. This motion picture is about the 491st.

This controversial film, which featured a male homosexual rape scene, was first banned in Sweden and Malaysia, but released after reediting, a censored version was later released in Malaysia. Amongst other things, a scene in which a woman is raped by a dog was cut. The film was also banned in Norway until 1971. The reactions from especially conservative elements in Sweden were of disgust and outrage, and it was one of the reasons why the Christian Democratic Party was founded in 1964.


  • Lars Lind as Krister
  • Leif Nymark as Nisse
  • Stig Törnblom as Egon
  • Lars Hansson as Pyret
  • Sven Algotsson as Jingis
  • Torleif Cederstrand as Butcher
  • Bo Andersson as Fisken
  • Lena Nyman as Steva
  • Frank Sundström as Inspector
  • Åke Grönberg as Reverend Mild

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