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The Tin Drum (1979)

Die Blechtrommel (original title)
R | | Drama, War | 11 April 1980 (USA)
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In 1924, Oskar Matzerath is born in the Free City of Danzig. At age three, he falls down a flight of stairs and stops growing. In 1939, World War II breaks out.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tina Engel ...
Anna Koljaiczek (jung)
Berta Drews ...
Roland Teubner ...
Joseph Koljaiczek
Tadeusz Kunikowski ...
Onkel Vinzenz
Lina Greff (as Andréa Ferreol)
Ilse Pagé ...
Gretchen Scheffler
Werner Rehm ...
Käte Jaenicke ...
Mutter Truczinski
Helmut Brasch ...
Der Alte Heilandt (as Helmuth Brasch)


Danzig in the 1920s/1930s. Oskar Matzerath, son of a local dealer, is a most unusual boy. Equipped with full intellect right from his birth he decides at his third birthday not to grow up as he sees the crazy world around him at the eve of World War II. So he refuses the society and his tin drum symbolizes his protest against the middle-class mentality of his family and neighborhood, which stand for all passive people in Nazi Germany at that time. However, (almost) nobody listens to him, so the catastrophe goes on... Written by Anonymous

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| (director's cut) | (1980 cut)

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| (Eastmancolor)

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2.20 : 1
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Agnes Matzerath: Don't expect me to touch your eels.
Alfred Matzerath: Don't put on airs.
Agnes Matzerath: I'll never eat fish again. Certainly not eels.
Alfred Matzerath: You've always eaten them, and you knew where they came from!
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A haunting movie ...
22 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

I saw this flick many years ago, and there are images from this movie I shall probably take with me to the grave.

Things I saw in this movie that vividly stuck in my brain are such things as a huge eel being pulled out of a severed horses head that was just dragged from the sea on a rope, a soldier having carnal knowledge with a lady in the middle of a field while being hunted by another soldier, a young boy spitting into a hand of a young girl ...

And I could go on. This movie I found to be extremely unique and varied in many ways. I don't know that I can really recommend this movie all in all, but if you do watch it, be prepared for a very unique experience film wise.


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