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Le Crabe-Tambour (1977)

A dying French naval frigate captain tries to make a last rendezvous in the winter storm-tossed seas off the Grand Banks, with "le crabe tambour," a French war hero he had betrayed twenty ... See full summary »

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Jean-François Chauvel (adaptation), Pierre Schoendoerffer (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Rochefort ... Captain
Claude Rich ... Le médecin, Pierre
Aurore Clément ... Aurore (as Aurore Clement)
Odile Versois ... Madame
Pierre Rousseau Pierre Rousseau ... Babourg
Jacques Dufilho Jacques Dufilho ... Chef mécanicien
Jacques Perrin ... Lt. Willsdorff, 'le Crabe-Tambour'
Yann Brannelec Yann Brannelec
Jean Champion Jean Champion ... L'homme dans le café
Nguyen Long Cuong Nguyen Long Cuong
François Dyrek François Dyrek ... Le cafetier-gendarme (as Francois Dyrex)
Jean Hennau Jean Hennau
Yves Morgan-Jones Yves Morgan-Jones ... L'enseigne
Bernard Lajarrige Bernard Lajarrige ... Le recteur
François Landolf François Landolf ... Le clairon Bochau (as Francois Landolt)
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A dying French naval frigate captain tries to make a last rendezvous in the winter storm-tossed seas off the Grand Banks, with "le crabe tambour," a French war hero he had betrayed twenty years earlier. "Le crabe tambour" "the drummer crab" was a boyhood nickname for the handsome young Alsatian whom the film depicts proving his courage, first in the war in French Indochina, and then again in the "Generals' Revolt" in Algeria. Courtmartialed because friends like the French naval captain were afraid to risk their own careers by testifying for him, the exiled "crabe tambour" and his trawler, The Shamrock, is now a legend among the Grand Banks fishermen. Written by Thomas Lipscomb <tom@infosafe.com>

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

9 November 1977 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Crab-Drum See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Jean-François Chauvel co-wrote this script with his brother-in-law Pierre Schoendoerffer. See more »

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A one-of-kind martial valedictory
10 July 2000 | by TectorSee all my reviews

CRABE-TAMBOUR's base-camp story is simple-- the antiquated officers of a functionless army spend a voyage home on rough North Atlantic seas recounting stories of a cavalier-soldier whose busted military career spanned France's last years of colonial globalism. This beautiful film (master Raoul Coutard's sea-footage is a film unto itself) is rich, ironically resonant, and in a wrenching last scene, comparable to Peckinpah in its regard for its stoic heroes, the last-men-standing at the sorry end of empire.


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