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(1971)

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The movie was shot in two versions - one where English was spoken by those who were English-speaking and Swedish by those who were Swedes, and one where English only was spoken. The two-language version is very hard to find.
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American actor Elliott Gould was the first non-Scandinavian actor to act in a lead part in an Ingmar Bergman film.
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Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman's first English language film. Promotional tag-lines emphasized this by stating "Ingmar Bergman's first English language motion picture". Bergman's second film in English would be The Serpent's Egg (1977), a movie that is sometimes erroneously referred to being Bergman's first film in English.
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According to show-business trade paper 'Variety', the version they reviewed, was "shot in English with occasional Swedish dialog".
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One of several collaborations of Ingmar Bergman with (1) actress Bibi Andersson (2) actor Max von Sydow and (3) cinematographer Sven Nykvist.
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Prior to Elliott Gould, Dustin Hoffman was asked to play the part of David Kovac but Hoffman declined due to the pregnancy of his wife.
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Elliott Gould became the first non-Nordic actor to participate in a Bergman film.
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Ingmar Bergman commented in his notebook: "Manuscript completed during internal aversion. Was named "Beröringen" ("The Touch"). And indeed, it might called that as well as anything else. Now I take time off till August 3 when the real preparations begin. I feel depressed and uneasy and would love to refrain from making this film. "
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One of only two movies directed by Ingmar Bergman that remain unreleased on DVD, the other being Sånt händer inte här (1950).
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Last collaboration between Ingmar Bergman and Max von Sydow
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Star Billing: Elliott Gould was top billed first, Bibi Andersson received second billing and Max von Sydow was billed third.
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The Swedish title of this film was "Beroringen". It's literal English translation actually is "The Touch", the movie's English title.
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Ingmar Bergman performed a number of roles on this film. Bergman was writer, director and producer.
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Director Ingmar Bergman's credit during the opening titles reads: "A film by Ingmar Bergman".
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According to the TCMDb, "although production notes and reviews list "Karin" and "Andreas Vergerus'" daughter as "Agnes," she is called "Maria" in the film".
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