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Writers:
Jean-Claude Carrière (writer)
Günter Grass (additional dialogue)
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Release Date:
11 April 1980 (USA) See more »
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Academy Award Winner Best Foreign Language Film 1979 See more »
Plot:
Danzig in the 1920s/1930s. Oskar Matzerath, son of a local dealer, is a most unusual boy. Equipped with... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 15 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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A smart movie powered by David Bennent's performance See more (73 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Mario Adorf ... Alfred Matzerath
Angela Winkler ... Agnes Matzerath

David Bennent ... Oskar Matzerath
Katharina Thalbach ... Maria Matzerath

Daniel Olbrychski ... Jan Bronski
Tina Engel ... Anna Koljaiczek (jung)
Berta Drews ... Anna Koljaiczek
Roland Teubner ... Joseph Koljaiczek
Tadeusz Kunikowski ... Onkel Vinzenz
Andréa Ferréol ... Lina Greff (as Andréa Ferreol)
Heinz Bennent ... Greff
Ilse Pagé ... Gretchen Scheffler
Werner Rehm ... Scheffler
Käte Jaenicke ... Mutter Truczinski
Helmut Brasch ... Der Alte Heilandt (as Helmuth Brasch)

Otto Sander ... Musiker Meyn
Wigand Witting ... Herbert Truczinski
Mariella Oliveri ... Roswitha
Fritz Hakl ... Bebra
Emil Feist ... 1.Clown
Herbert Behrendt ... 2.Clown
Karl Heinz Tittelbach ... Felix

Charles Aznavour ... Sigismund Markus
Marek Walczewski ... Schugger-Leo
Ernst Jacobi ... Löbsack
Wojciech Pszoniak ... Fajngold
Gerda Blisse ... Frl. Spollenhauer
Joachim Hackethal ... Hochwürden Wiehnke
Henning Schlüter ... Dr. Hollatz
Zygmunt Hubner ... Dr. Michon (as Zygmunt Huebner)
Mieczyslaw Czechowicz ... Kobyella
Bruno Thost ... Obergefreiter Lankes
Alexander von Richthofen ... Pvt. Herzog
Lech Grzmocinski ... Stauer (as L. Grzmocinski)
Stanislaw Michalski ... 1.Gendarme (as S. Michalski)
J. Kapinski ... 2.Gendarme
Dietrich Frauboes ... Oberartz - Medical Chief
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Horst Gentzen ... Felix (voice) (uncredited)

Adolf Hitler ... Himself (voice) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Reinhard Kolldehoff ... Eel Catcher (voice) (uncredited)
Günter Meisner ... Gesundheitspolizist (uncredited)

Beata Pozniak ... Extra (uncredited)
Lutz Riedel ... Soldier (voice) (uncredited)

Raphaël Vogt ... Peter (uncredited)
Herbert Weissbach ... Fajngold (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Volker Schlöndorff 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jean-Claude Carrière  writer
Günter Grass  additional dialogue
Günter Grass  novel
Volker Schlöndorff  writer
Franz Seitz  writer

Produced by
Eberhard Junkersdorf .... executive producer
Hans Prescher .... producer: HR
Franz Seitz .... producer
Anatole Dauman .... producer (uncredited)
Volker Schlöndorff .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Maurice Jarre 
 
Cinematography by
Igor Luther 
 
Film Editing by
Suzanne Baron 
 
Production Design by
Piotr Dudzinski 
Zeljko Senecic 
 
Art Direction by
Nicos Perakis 
 
Set Decoration by
Marijan Marcius  (as Marijan Marcijus)
Edouard Pezzoli 
Paul Weber 
 
Costume Design by
Inge Heer 
Dagmar Niefind 
Yoshio Yabara  (as Yoshy Yabara)
 
Makeup Department
Rino Carboni .... makeup artist
Albina Mackic .... makeup artist
Vitaliana Patacca .... hair stylist (as Vitaliana Potacka)
Ingeborg Thiess .... hair stylist
Alfredo Tiberi .... makeup artist
Teresa Tomaszewska .... makeup artist
Ruzica Vidmar .... key makeup artist (as Ruza Vidmar)
 
Production Management
Dominik Baltic .... unit manager
Donko Buljan .... production manager
Emir Cejvan .... production manager
André Heinrich .... production manager
Siegfried Hofbauer .... production manager
Herbert Kerz .... production manager
Czeslaw Klak .... unit manager
Urszula Orczykowska .... production manager
Marko Vrdoljak .... production manager
Emir Vrodoljak .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Wolfgang Krake .... assistant director
Branko Lustig .... assistant director
Richard Malbequi .... assistant director
Andrzej Reiter .... assistant director
Alexander von Richthofen .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Dominique Antony .... set constructor
Pierre Audouard .... props
Ivo Baltic .... props
Franz Bauer .... props
Ewa Kowalska .... set constructor
Tadeusz Kunikowski .... props
Christian Lenz .... props
Bernd Lepel .... set designer
Boleslaw Miziolek .... props
Barbara Nowak .... set designer
Stanislaw Nowak .... painter
Tihomir Piletic .... set designer
Thomas Schulz .... props
Bogdan Serwa .... painter
Ivo Stjejan .... props
 
Sound Department
Peter Beil .... sound
Walter Grundauer .... sound
Peter Kellerhals .... sound (as Walter Kellerhals)
Hans-Dieter Schwarz .... sound mixer (as Hans Dieter Schwarz)
 
Special Effects by
Georges Iaconelli .... pyrotechnician (as Georges Jaconelli)
Josif Karovski .... weapons
Krzysztof Szwed .... pyrotechnician
Nikola Vujasinovic .... pyrotechnician
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Arnold .... assistant camera
Slawomir Baranski .... gaffer
Pero Bernakovic .... electrician
Andrzej Biskupski .... still photographer
Zvonko Blaskovic .... gaffer
Karl Dillitzer .... lighting technician
Antun Gorisek .... grip
Ulla Hübner .... still photographer
Stanislav Jesih .... lighting technician
Eugeniusz Kapelak .... electrician
Vlado Loncaric .... gaffer
Stanislaw Piech .... lighting technician
Drago Poldrugac .... gaffer
Karl Reiter .... still photographer
Peter Seitz .... still photographer
Nikolaus Starkmeth .... assistant camera
Paul Weber .... lighting technician
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Krystyna Bartosik .... wardrobe
Anica Cerovac .... wardrobe
Marko Cerovac .... costumer
Zofia Jedrzejczak .... wardrobe
Renée Miquel .... wardrobe
Elzbieta Radke .... costumer
Franjo Simek .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Helga Kusterka .... assistant editor
Agape von Dorstewitz .... assistant editor (as Agape Dorstewitz)
Barbara von Weitershausen .... assistant editor (as Barbara v. Weitershausen)
 
Music Department
Lothar Brühne .... composer: song "Kann Denn Liebe Sünde Sein?" (uncredited)
Maurice Jarre .... conductor (uncredited)
Jan Latham-Koenig .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Carl Loubé .... orchestra (uncredited)
Sidney Sax .... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
Eric Tomlinson .... music engineer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Andrzej Dojnik .... production assistant
Ute Ehmke .... location manager
Paulette Hufnagel .... production administrator
Ingrid Höller .... production secretary
Louis Mayr .... location manager
Jean Claude Mouliére .... location manager
Franjo Proscan .... production secretary
Lilo Schick .... script supervisor
Gabriele Seitz .... press relations
Amelia Statkiewicz .... production administrator
Ivan Steiger .... toys provided by
Günther M. Stocklöv .... location manager (as Günter Stocklöv)
Zygmunt Wójcik .... location manager
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Die Blechtrommel" - West Germany (original title)
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Runtime:
142 min | Germany:162 min (director's cut) | Netherlands:132 min (1980 cut)
Color:
Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (35 mm prints) | 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)
Certification:
Argentina:X (original rating) | Argentina:18 (re-rating) | Australia:R | Australia:MA (re-rating) (2007) | Canada:R (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:(Banned) (Ontario) (original rating) | Finland:K-16 | France:-12 | Hong Kong:III | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:18 | Singapore:R21 | South Korea:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) (cut) | UK:15 (re-rating) (2003) (uncut) | UK:15 (re-rating) (1994) (cut) | USA:R | West Germany:16 (bw)

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In June 1997, at the urging of a Christian fundamentalist group and after viewing only a few isolated scenes, an Oklahoma County District Court judge declared that this film contained child pornography (as defined by Oklahoma's obscenity laws) and as such was illegal. Without obtaining the necessary search warrants or court orders, police in Oklahoma City confiscated all copies of the film from libraries and rental outlets. They intimidated video store managers into supplying them with the addresses of those currently renting the movie, went to those homes, and confiscated those tapes as well. The local District Attorney declared that anyone possessing a copy of the movie would be arrested. Within weeks the D.A. was forced to back down on this statement, and by December most of the seized videos had been returned. By October of 1998, over the course of rulings in several related lawsuits, the U.S. federal courts found that the confiscation of the tapes had been unconstitutional, and ruled that the movie did not violate Oklahoma's state laws. The U.S. Court of Appeals closed the final case in May 2001, and the movie is once again available for rental in Oklahoma County.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In one scene at the table Agnes is holding a fork with her left hand. On the next shot, she's holding the fork with her right hand.See more »
Quotes:
Vendor:Look, if you please, at this extraordinary potato... this swelling, luxuriant flesh, forever conceiving new shapes... and yet so chaste. I love a potato, because it speaks to me.See more »
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39 out of 56 people found the following review useful.
A smart movie powered by David Bennent's performance, 13 May 2002
Author: john zapata (johnpaulzpt@yahoo.com) from los angeles, CA

Oskar is a young man in World War II Germany who refuses to grow up when he was three years old. He deliberately let himself fall on a stair to injure himself and stop his growth. Oskar's refusal to grow and release his tin drum is an obvious metaphor about refusing the Nazi regime. This is made more obvious since he finally decided to grow and let go of his drum after the Nazi's defeat.

The Tin Drum is based on a celebrated novel by German author Gunter Grass. Director Volker Schlöndorff brings it to life with profound elegance and intellectual humor. Made in 1979, in the middle of the German film renaissance, The Tin Drum pokes fun at the Nazi regime and at the same time presents an unforgettable and often hilarious story.

The movie begins in the late 19th century when Oskar's grandmother helps his grandfather to escape German soldiers by letting him hide under her skirt. It is also where Oskar's mother Agnes (Angela Winkler) is conceived. Agnes grows up during the First World War and marries a man named Alfred Matzerath (Mario Adorf). She begins to have an affair with her cousin Jan Bronski, while Oskar slowly becomes aware of their relationship.

David Bennent's performance as Oskar is simply amazing. He was about 12 years old at the time, and he plays Oskar from childhood to his 20s. Although Oskar's physical appearance never changes. We can see his aging process through Bennent's performance. Oskar's movement changes; he begins to become more mature and discover the world around him. Bennent plays the character with an impressive level of believability and intellectual maturity.

The Tin Drum reminded me of one of my favorite movies-Forrest Gump. Both movies have central characters that are physically and mentally disabled, and both manage to have an interesting journey life. Both movies pass through an important historical event, with both heroes getting involved. The Tin Drum is not quite in the same league as Forrest Gump, but it still amazed and captivated me from beginning to end.

The Tin Drum contains some really grotesque scenes. One scene in particular is when they show a fisherman using a dead horse's head as bait for eels. The fisherman removes the eels one by one from the horse's head, while Agnes vomits in disgust. To balance it out, the movie also contains moments of pure joy. I love the sequence where Oskar's drumming influences a band to change their music form a German march to Strauss' The Blue Danube. A Nazi officer screams in disgust, while the crowd joins together and dances.

I enjoy watching intelligent satires. I laughed out loud a lot of times in this movie and I relished its lush story. The movie deals with many things, including warfare, adultery, and religion. It may be a little too long for some people at 140 minutes, but for me, no good movie is too long. The Tin Drum contains astonishing images powered by remarkable acting. It may be hard to find on video, but I'm sure it's worth the trouble.

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