The Tin Drum

TitleThe Tin Drum
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1979
AuthorsSchlöndorff, Volker
Running Time142 minutes
Date Released05/1979
DistributorUnited Artists
CountryWest Germany
Publication Languagegerman

This internationally acclaimed film based on the novel by Nobel laureate Günter Grass views the horrors of World War II through the eyes of a child. Oskar Matzerath refuses to grow past the age of three communicates with his family and outside world through piercing screams and his tin drum. He rejects the world of violence, betrayal, and complicity created by adults, including his family. When Nazis invade the free state of Danzig, Oskar protests through his drum, communicating the chaos and confusion that surround him.


David Bennent

Mario Adorf

Angela Winkler

Daniel Olbrychski

Katharina Thalbach

Charles Aznavour


Produced by Franz Seitz and Anatole Dauman

Directed by Volker Schlöndorff

Written by Volker Schlöndorff, Jean-Claude Carrière, and Franz Seitz

Cinematography by Igor Luther

Edited by Suzanne Baron

Music by Maurice Jarre


Drama, War

Original PublicationDie Blechtrommel
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