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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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Tagline:
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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(82 articles)
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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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
There are several references (on the English soundtrack/ subtitles) to 'Kashubians'. Jan Bronski is referred as a Kashubian by Alfred Matzerath. Kahsubia is an ethnic group, centred on north-central Poland, with the nominal capital being Gdansk (Danzig). Kashubians were considered by the Nazis as of German stock/ extraction.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Oskar breaks the teacher's glasses, the pattern of spots on his face change.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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What are the differences between the Theatrical Version and the German TV Version?
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26 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Extraordinary Film making., 5 June 2005

The Tin Drum is Extraordinary. It captures the perverse side of the individual and the whole. Oskar is conscious inside the womb. He is a product of kissing cousins. He is an inbred. He is a product of a secret love affair. Oskar's expressions capture the evil that would soon devour his home state. It is set in World War II, Poland, a town called Danzig. A town with billowing smoke and towering spiral steeples. A Grimm's Faerie Tale.

The film plays out like a fantasy. To never grow up. The Tin Drum contains some of the most fantastic images found in a feature film; The shattering of the jar with the fetus; The cracking of the teachers glasses ; The eels oozing out of the horses head as the seagulls scream and Oskar bangs his drum. It was an incredible scene to read on the pages of Gunter Grass' novel but to see a filmmaker capture the words and turned it into a real life experience was awe-inspiring. Directed so well.

It is an erotic film. Intense scenes of desire. Primal. It captures the dark side of us all. The scenes where Oskar and his first adolescent love exchange spit and fizz are very perverse and effective.

Oskar does grow up as a man but remains the size of a 3 year old. He bangs his Tin Drum to drown out the craziness around him. World war II must have been horribly felt by those so close. The Nazi regime seemed so frightening. As a three year old who was conscious in the womb, how would Oskar see this direction that man, who once was three years old, has taken. What is wrong with us?

Overall, it is about the next generation wanting the previous one to get over itself and enjoy this paradise called Earth.

The film is mesmerizing. It is a beautiful piece of celluloid art. The magical realism is captured very effectively. How about doing One Hundred Years of Solitude? Here's your director.

Victor Nunnally BFA Film Production and Dramatic Theory, AA in Performing Arts

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