The Tin Drum

The Tin Drum (1979)

A savage, sweeping epic of society in chaos.

  • Genre: Drama, History, War
  • Release Date: 1979-05-02
  • User Rating: 7/10 from 444 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 42min
  • Language: Deutsch
  • Production Company: Jadran Film
  • Production Country: France, Germany, Yugoslavia
  • Director: Volker Schlöndorff
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Oskar Matzerath is a very unusual boy. Refusing to leave the womb until promised a tin drum by his mother, Agnes, Oskar is reluctant to enter a world he sees as filled with hypocrisy and injustice, and vows on his third birthday to never grow up. Miraculously, he gets his wish. As the Nazis rise to power in Danzig, Oskar wills himself to remain a child, beating his tin drum incessantly and screaming in protest at the chaos surrounding him.

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  • Mario Adorf

    as Alfred Matzerath
  • Angela Winkler

    as Agnes Matzerath
  • David Bennent

    as Oskar Matzerath
  • Katharina Thalbach

    as Maria Matzerath
  • Daniel Olbrychski

    as Jan Bronski
  • Tina Engel

    as Young Anna Koljaiczek
  • Berta Drews

    as Anna Koljaiczek
  • Roland Teubner

    as Joseph Koljaiczek
  • Tadeusz Kunikowski

    as Onkel Vinzenz
  • Andréa Ferréol

    as Lina Greff
  • Heinz Bennent

    as Greff
  • Ilse Pagé

    as Gretchen Scheffler
  • Werner Rehm

    as Scheffler
  • Käte Jaenicke

    as Mutter Truczinski
  • Otto Sander

    as Meyn
  • Charles Aznavour

    as Sigismund Markus
  • Fritz Hakl

    as Bebra
  • Mariella Oliveri

    as Roswitha
  • Ernst Jacobi

    as Löbsack
  • Henning Schlüter

    as Dr. Hollatz
Writing Günter Grass Author
Writing Jean-Claude Carrière Screenplay
Production Franz Seitz Junior Producer
Writing Volker Schlöndorff Screenplay
Writing Franz Seitz Junior Screenplay
Directing Volker Schlöndorff Director
Camera Igor Luther Director of Photography
Production Anatole Dauman Producer
Sound Maurice Jarre Original Music Composer
Editing Suzanne Baron Editor
Production Eberhard Junkersdorf Producer
Art Nikos Perakis Art Direction
Art Nikos Perakis Production Design