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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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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 cerebral adventure film with stunning cinematography
12 November 2010 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

A chance remark leads three French naval officers to reminisce, together and privately, about the compelling young commander Willsdorf, nicknamed The Drummer Crab, recalling his exploits from the fog-shrouded rivers of Indochina to an attempted military coup in Algeria to his lonely, anonymous vigil in the North Atlantic fishing lanes nearby. Joseph Conrad would have loved this film, arguably the finest modern seafaring adventure ever made: a thoughtful and thrilling study of man versus the elements, where the past itself becomes an elemental force even more unyielding than the vivid Winter seascapes captured by Raoul Coutard's breathtaking cinematography. In metaphor, Willsdorf's fate is the fate of French colonialism, and only by pursuing his memory, through crashing waves and hissing spindrift, can his three erstwhile companions (a dying captain, a middle-aged medical officer, and a robust, veteran Chief Engineer) confront and endure their collective loss. This is a spellbinding film, rich in history and detail.


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