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Le Crabe-Tambour ()


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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... See more »

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Le médecin, Pierre
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Aurore (as Aurore Clement)
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Madame
Pierre Rousseau ...
Babourg
Jacques Dufilho ...
Chef mécanicien
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Lt. Willsdorff, 'le Crabe-Tambour'
Yann Brannelec
Jean Champion ...
L'homme dans le café
Nguyen Long Cuong
François Dyrek ...
Le cafetier-gendarme (as Francois Dyrex)
Jean Hennau
Yves Morgan-Jones ...
L'enseigne
Bernard Lajarrige ...
Le recteur
François Landolf ...
Le clairon Bochau (as Francois Landolt)
Hubert Laurent ...
L'officier de pêche
Joseph Momo ...
Bongo-Ba
Loic Nedelec
Pierre Semmler ...
(as Peter Semler)
Michel Vocoret
Mr. Lucifer ...
Le role du CHAT
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L'adjudant Willsdorf (uncredited)
Ludovic Schoendoerffer ...
Le gamin breton (uncredited)

Directed by

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Pierre Schoendoerffer

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Jean-François Chauvel ... (adaptation and dialogue) and
Pierre Schoendoerffer ... (adaptation and dialogue)
 
Pierre Schoendoerffer ... (novel "Le Crabe-Tambour")

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Georges de Beauregard ... delegate producer

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Philippe Sarde

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Raoul Coutard

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Colette Landoz
Michèle Lavigne ... (as Michele Lavigne-Debray)
Nguyen Long
Jean-Guy Montpetit ... (as Jean Guy Monpetit)

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Clément Hurel ... (uncredited)

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Serge Groffe ... makeup artist

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Patrick Millet ... unit manager
Marcel Mossotti ... unit manager
Georges Pellegrin ... production manager

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Marc Angelo ... second assistant director
Philippe Charigot ... second assistant director
Léonard Guillain ... assistant director (as Leonard Guillain)
Robert Le Corre ... second assistant director
Nguyen Long ... assistant director
Michel Picard ... assistant director

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Raymond Adam ... sound engineer
Daniel Couteau ... sound
Jacques Lévy ... sound
Jean Nény ... sound mixer (as Jean Neny)

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Patrick Chauvel ... still photographer
André Clément ... camera operator
Jean Garcenot ... camera operator
Jean Hennau ... chief grip
Georges Liron ... camera operator
Dominique Merlin ... camera operator
Michel Vocoret ... chief electrician

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William Flageollet ... music mixer
Carlo Savina ... conductor: orchestra

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Patrick Aubrée ... script supervisor (as Patrick Aubree)
Pierre Dubrulle ... technical advisor (as L.V.[R.] Pierre Dubrulle)
Julienne Mezelle ... production secretary
François Ribaud de Gineste ... production administrator (as F.Ribaud de Ginestre)
Marie-Pierre Sapience ... production secretary
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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • Drummer-Crab (United States)
  • The Crab-Drum (United States)
  • Der Haudegen (Germany)
  • L'uomo del fiume (Italy)
  • Krab dobosz (Poland)
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Trivia One thing that may be missed by viewers of this beautiful movie is that the French Navy frigate Jauréguiberry is not crossing the North Atlantic waters for an endurance mission (although much endurance is needed). She is actually fulfilling a mission of "Surveillance des pêches" (i.e. Support to the French fishing vessels) in the "Terre Neuve" (Newfoundland) and "Saint-Pierre et Miquelon" waters, a mission that the French Navy has carried on for centuries and still does today. Fishing rights for French vessels in these waters date from before the reign of king Louis XIV, and are among the last remaining rights from the French colonial venture in Canada. It has always been accepted as a truth that the "Terre Neuvas" (fishermen trained to work in these waters) were the best, the toughest recruits for the Navy. The film is about decolonization, of course, but its main theme is duty - carrying on whatever may and however unpleasant it may be. Unglamorous assistance to the "Terre Neuvas" fits in well with this theme. Another trivia : Jean Rochefort is as natural as can be playing the part of captain of the frigate Jaureguiberry : he may have acquired such an ease from watching his brother Pierre, a Naval officer who ended his career as an Admiral. See more »
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