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The Tin Drum ()

Die Blechtrommel (original title)
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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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  • Won 1 Oscar. Another 16 wins & 5 nominations.
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Alfred Matzerath
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Agnes Matzerath
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Oskar Matzerath
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Maria Matzerath
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Jan Bronski
Tina Engel ...
Anna Koljaiczek (jung)
Berta Drews ...
Anna Koljaiczek
Roland Teubner ...
Joseph Koljaiczek
Tadeusz Kunikowski ...
Onkel Vinzenz
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Lina Greff (as Andréa Ferreol)
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Greff
Ilse Pagé ...
Gretchen Scheffler
Werner Rehm ...
Scheffler
Käte Jaenicke ...
Mutter Truczinski
Helmut Brasch ...
Der Alte Heilandt (as Helmuth Brasch)
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Musiker Meyn
Wigand Witting ...
Herbert Truczinski
Mariella Oliveri ...
Roswitha
Fritz Hakl ...
Bebra
Emil Feist ...
1. Clown
Herbert Behrendt ...
2. Clown
Karl Heinz Tittelbach ...
Felix
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Sigismund Markus
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Schugger-Leo
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Löbsack
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Fajngold
Gerda Blisse ...
Frl. Spollenhauer
Joachim Hackethal ...
Hochwürden Wiehnke
Henning Schlüter ...
Dr. Hollatz
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Dr. Michon (as Zygmunt Huebner)
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Kobyella
Bruno Thost ...
Obergefreiter Lankes
Alexander von Richthofen ...
Pvt. Herzog
Lech Grzmocinski ...
Stauer (as L. Grzmocinski)
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1. Gendarme (as S. Michalski)
J. Kapinski ...
2. Gendarme
Dietrich Frauboes ...
Oberartz - Medical Chief
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Horst Gentzen ...
Felix (uncredited) (voice)
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage) (voice)
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Eel Catcher (uncredited) (voice)
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Gesundheitspolizist (uncredited)
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Extra (uncredited)
Lutz Riedel ...
Soldier (uncredited) (voice)
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Peter (uncredited)
Herbert Weissbach ...
Fajngold (uncredited) (voice)

Directed by

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Volker Schlöndorff

Written by

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Günter Grass ... (novel)
 
Jean-Claude Carrière ... (writer)
Volker Schlöndorff ... (writer)
Franz Seitz ... (writer)
Günter Grass ... (additional dialogue)

Produced by

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Eberhard Junkersdorf ... executive producer
Hans Prescher ... producer: HR
Franz Seitz ... producer
Anatole Dauman ... producer (uncredited)
Volker Schlöndorff ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Maurice Jarre

Cinematography by

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Igor Luther

Film Editing by

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Suzanne Baron

Editorial Department

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Helga Kusterka ... assistant editor
Agape von Dorstewitz ... assistant editor (as Agape Dorstewitz)
Barbara von Weitershausen ... assistant editor (as Barbara v. Weitershausen)

Production Design by

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Piotr Dudzinski
Zeljko Senecic

Art Direction by

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Nicos Perakis

Set Decoration by

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Marijan Marcius ... (as Marijan Marcijus)
Edouard Pezzoli
Paul Weber

Costume Design by

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Inge Heer
Dagmar Niefind
Yoshio Yabara ... (as Yoshy Yabara)

Makeup Department

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Rino Carboni ... makeup artist
Albina Mackic ... makeup artist
Vitaliana Patacca ... hair stylist (as Vitaliana Potacka)
Ingeborg Thiess ... hair stylist
Alfredo Tiberi ... makeup artist
Teresa Tomaszewska ... makeup artist
Ruzica Vidmar ... key makeup artist (as Ruza Vidmar)

Production Management

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Dominik Baltic ... unit manager
Donko Buljan ... production manager
Emir Cejvan ... production manager
André Heinrich ... production manager
Siegfried Hofbauer ... production manager
Herbert Kerz ... production manager
Czeslaw Klak ... unit manager
Urszula Orczykowska ... production manager
Ferid Terzic ... unit production manager
Marko Vrdoljak ... production manager
Emir Vrodoljak ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Wolfgang Krake ... assistant director
Branko Lustig ... assistant director
Richard Malbequi ... assistant director
Andrzej Reiter ... assistant director
Alexander von Richthofen ... assistant director

Art Department

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Dominique Antony ... set constructor
Pierre Audouard ... props
Ivo Baltic ... props
Franz Bauer ... props
Ewa Kowalska ... set constructor
Tadeusz Kunikowski ... props
Christian Lenz ... props
Bernd Lepel ... set designer
Boleslaw Miziolek ... props
Barbara Nowak ... set designer
Stanislaw Nowak ... painter
Tihomir Piletic ... set designer
Thomas Schulz ... props
Bogdan Serwa ... painter
Ivo Stjejan ... props

Sound Department

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Peter Beil ... sound
Walter Grundauer ... sound
Peter Kellerhals ... sound (as Walter Kellerhals)
Hans-Dieter Schwarz ... sound mixer (as Hans Dieter Schwarz)

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Georges Iaconelli ... pyrotechnician (as Georges Jaconelli)
Josif Karovski ... weapons
Krzysztof Szwed ... pyrotechnician
Nikola Vujasinovic ... pyrotechnician

Camera and Electrical Department

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Peter Arnold ... assistant camera
Slawomir Baranski ... gaffer
Pero Bernakovic ... electrician
Andrzej Biskupski ... still photographer
Zvonko Blaskovic ... gaffer
Karl Dillitzer ... lighting technician
Antun Gorisek ... grip
Ulla Hübner ... still photographer
Stanislav Jesih ... lighting technician
Eugeniusz Kapelak ... electrician
Vlado Loncaric ... gaffer
Stanislaw Piech ... lighting technician
Drago Poldrugac ... gaffer
Karl Reiter ... still photographer
Peter Seitz ... still photographer
Nikolaus Starkmeth ... assistant camera
Paul Weber ... lighting technician

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Krystyna Bartosik ... wardrobe
Anica Cerovac ... wardrobe
Marko Cerovac ... costumer
Zofia Jedrzejczak ... wardrobe
Renée Miquel ... wardrobe
Elzbieta Radke ... costumer
Franjo Simek ... wardrobe

Location Management

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Mladen Cernjak ... assistant location manager
Ute Ehmke ... location manager
Louis Mayr ... location manager
Jean Claude Mouliére ... location manager
Günther M. Stocklöv ... location manager (as Günter Stocklöv)
Zygmunt Wójcik ... location manager

Music Department

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Lothar Brühne ... composer: song "Kann Denn Liebe Sünde Sein?" (uncredited)
Maurice Jarre ... conductor (uncredited)
Jan Latham-Koenig ... musician: piano (uncredited)
Carl Loubé ... orchestra (uncredited)
Sidney Sax ... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
Eric Tomlinson ... music engineer (uncredited)

Other crew

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Andrzej Dojnik ... production assistant
Paulette Hufnagel ... production administrator
Ingrid Höller ... production secretary
Franjo Proscan ... production secretary
Lilo Schick ... script supervisor
Gabriele Seitz ... press relations
Amelia Statkiewicz ... production administrator
Ivan Steiger ... toys provided by
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines Academy Award Winner Best Foreign Language Film 1979 See more »
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Also Known As
  • Le tambour (France)
  • Blaszany bebenek (Poland)
  • Limeni dobos (Yugoslavia, Serbian title)
  • The Tin Drum (United States)
  • The Tin Drum (World-wide, English title)
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  • 142 min
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Trivia In June 1997, at the urging of a Christian fundamentalist group and after viewing only a few isolated scenes, an Oklahoma County District Court judge declared that this film contained child pornography (as defined by Oklahoma's obscenity laws) and as such was illegal. Without obtaining the necessary search warrants or court orders, police in Oklahoma City confiscated all copies of the film from libraries and rental outlets. They intimidated video store managers into supplying them with the addresses of those currently renting the movie, went to those homes, and confiscated those tapes as well. The local District Attorney declared that anyone possessing a copy of the movie would be arrested. Within weeks the D.A. was forced to back down on this statement, and by December most of the seized videos had been returned. By October of 1998, over the course of rulings in several related lawsuits, the U.S. federal courts found that the confiscation of the tapes had been unconstitutional, and ruled that the movie did not violate Oklahoma's state laws. The U.S. Court of Appeals closed the final case in May 2001, and the movie is once again available for rental in Oklahoma County. See more »
Goofs While the German soldiers besiege the Polish post office, a German soldier is seen firing an MG42 machine gun from his shoulder. The weapon itself was not in use by the German army before 1942, while the scene in the film takes place in 1939. Additionally, the weapon is not supposed to be fired standing as depicted, and the film shows the wrong sound and firing cadence for the weapon. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Die Nacht der Regisseure (1995). See more »
Quotes Bebra: You must join us, you must!
Oskar Matzerath: You know, Mr. Bebra... to tell the truth, I prefer to be a member of the audience, and let my little art flower in secret.
Bebra: My dear Oskar, trust an experienced colleague. Our kind must never sit in the audience. Our kind must perform and run the show, or the others will run *us*. The others are coming. They will occupy the fairgrounds, they will stage torchlight parades, build rostrums, fill the rostrums, and from those rostrums preach our destruction.
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