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The Tin Drum (1979)

Die Blechtrommel (original title)
R | | Drama, War | 11 April 1980 (USA)
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In 1924, Oskar Matzerath is born in the Free City of Danzig. At age three, he falls down a flight of stairs and stops growing. In 1939, World War II breaks out.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mario Adorf ... Alfred Matzerath
Angela Winkler ... Agnes Matzerath
David Bennent ... Oskar Matzerath
Katharina Thalbach ... Maria Matzerath
Daniel Olbrychski ... Jan Bronski
Tina Engel Tina Engel ... Anna Koljaiczek (jung)
Berta Drews Berta Drews ... Anna Koljaiczek
Roland Teubner Roland Teubner ... Joseph Koljaiczek
Tadeusz Kunikowski Tadeusz Kunikowski ... Onkel Vinzenz
Andréa Ferréol ... Lina Greff (as Andréa Ferreol)
Heinz Bennent ... Greff
Ilse Pagé Ilse Pagé ... Gretchen Scheffler
Werner Rehm Werner Rehm ... Scheffler
Käte Jaenicke Käte Jaenicke ... Mutter Truczinski
Helmut Brasch Helmut Brasch ... Der Alte Heilandt (as Helmuth Brasch)
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Storyline

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 Anonymous

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A savage, sweeping epic of society in chaos. [Video Australia] See more »

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Drama | War

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Language:

German | Italian | Hebrew | Polish | Russian | Latin

Release Date:

11 April 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Tin Drum See more »

Filming Locations:

Wedding, Berlin, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,881
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut) | (1980 cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono (35 mm prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

Color:

Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Trivia

Was originally banned by the irish film censor but released uncut theatrically in Ireland in 1981 after successfully appealed. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the circus scene (52:00) the band inside plays the track "Work Song", written by jazz cornetist Nat Adderley in 1960. See more »

Quotes

Oskar Matzerath: There once was a drummer. His name was Oskar. He lost his poor mama, who had eat to much fish. There was once a credulous people... who believed in Santa Claus. But Santa Claus was really... the gas man! There was once a toy merchant. His name was Sigismund Markus... and he sold tin drums lacquered red and white. There was once a drummer. His name was Oskar. There was once a toy merchant... whose name was Markus... and he took all the toys in the world away with him.
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Alternate Versions

In 2010, a director's cut was released in Germany which runs ca. 20 minutes longer. See more »

Connections

Featured in Auge in Auge - Eine deutsche Filmgeschichte (2008) See more »

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I have remembered the scenes for 20 years.
23 December 2001 | by fonzactimSee all my reviews

I saw this movie back in 80'or 81' on HBO in the middle of the night. I was only 7 years old and everyone in the house had fallen asleep and I sat there enthralled. I did not know what it was about throughout the entire move. I didn't understand what the story was but the scenes in the movie have stayed with me for 20 years! Due to the internet,20 years later I am able to come on and find out what in the world I saw that night because I remembered that the title had Drum in it. I still don't know if the story of this movie will be any good but I can make the comment that this movie absolutely has the most memorable scenes I've ever encountered in a film before.


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