The Tin Drum

A savage, sweeping epic of society in chaos.

The Tin Drum (1979)


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...

Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Writers: Jean-Claude Carrière, Volker Schlöndorff, Franz Seitz junior.

Release Date: 1979-05-02
Status: Released
Run time: 142 min / 2:22
Production Companies : Jadran Film, Artemis Film, Franz Seitz Filmproduktion, Bioskop Film, Argos Films, Film Polski, Hallelujah Films, GGB-14
Production Countries: Germany, Croatia, Poland, France



Mario Adorf
Alfred Matzerath
Angela Winkler
Agnes Matzerath
David Bennent
Oskar Matzerath
Katharina Thalbach
Maria Matzerath
Daniel Olbrychski
Jan Bronski
Tina Engel
Anna Koljaiczek (jung)
Berta Drews
Anna Koljaiczek (alt)
Roland Teubner
Joseph Koljaiczek
Tadeusz Kunikowski
Onkel Vinzenz
Andréa Ferréol
Lina Greff
Heinz Bennent
Ilse Pagé
Gretchen Scheffler
Werner Rehm
Käte Jaenicke
Mutter Truczinski
Otto Sander
Charles Aznavour
Sigismund Markus
Fritz Hakl
Mariella Oliveri
Ernst Jacobi
Henning Schlüter
Dr. Hollatz


Directing Volker Schlöndorff Director
Writing Jean-Claude Carrière Screenplay
Writing Günter Grass Author
Production Anatole Dauman Producer
Sound Maurice Jarre Original Music Composer
Camera Igor Luther Director of Photography
Editing Suzanne Baron Editor
Writing Volker Schlöndorff Screenplay
Production Franz Seitz junior Producer
Writing Franz Seitz junior Screenplay
Production Eberhard Junkersdorf Producer

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