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
The film was initially banned in Ireland. After an appeal, it was released theatrically, uncut, in 1981. See more »
In one scene at the table, Agnes holds a fork in her left hand. In the next shot, she holds the fork in her right hand. See more »
[Oskar walks in secretly to find Alfred having sex with Maria]
A little more. Just a little. But be careful
Almost. Almost. Just a little more! But be careful!
[Oskar jumps on Alfred, interrupting their sexual act. Alfred gets up and slaps him before the upset Maria stops him]
Alfred, stop it! Is it the kid's fault you're not careful?
Me? Who kept asking for more?
I said, 'Be careful, it's coming soon.' But it never came at all!
Never enough. You're all the same
In, out, finished. That's ...
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Although reluctant to do so the BBFC were forced to remove 19 secs from UK cinema and video versions under the Protection of Children Act to remove a scene showing Oskar pressing his face against Maria's pubic region. The cuts were waived in 2003 when it was decided that the scene did not constitute an indecent image. See more »
The Tin Drum is one of the strangest films that I have seen in a long time. Strange not necessarily being a bad thing. It contains a feel similar to that of other eastern european films. It follows the life of Oskar, a three year old German boy who refuses to stop playing the tin drum that he received for his birthday. After viewing how ludicrous adults act, Oskar decides to stop his growth, and stay three years old forever.
The Tin Drum has been banned in Oklahoma, and was the feature of some programs on censored films. The cause of this controversy is the fact that Oskar grows old, but never changes his toddler appearance. This plot line troubles some, especially when Oskar reaches puberty and becomes interested in the fairer sex.
Despite the controversies, The Tin Drum is a film that should not be missed. It is definetely one of the best films to come out of Germany in the past 20 years.
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