The Tin Drum

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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...

  1. Volker Schlöndorff

    Director, Screenplay

  2. Franz Seitz junior


  3. Günter Grass


  4. Jean-Claude Carrière


Top Billed Cast

  1. Mario Adorf

    Mario Adorf

    Alfred Matzerath

  2. Angela Winkler

    Angela Winkler

    Agnes Matzerath

  3. David Bennent

    David Bennent

    Oskar Matzerath

  4. Katharina Thalbach

    Katharina Thalbach

    Maria Matzerath

  5. Daniel Olbrychski

    Daniel Olbrychski

    Jan Bronski

  6. Tina Engel

    Tina Engel

    Anna Koljaiczek (jung)

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Original Title Die Blechtrommel

Status Released

Original Language German

Runtime 2h 22m

Budget -

Revenue -

Homepage -

Release Information

  • April 11, 1980
    R, Theatrical



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A review by MoHA


A smart movie powered by David Bennent's performance

Oskar is a young man in World War II Germany who refuses to grow up when he was three years old. He deliberately let himself fall on a stair to injure himself and stop his growth. Oskar's refusal to grow and release his tin drum is an obvious metaphor about refusing the Nazi regime. This is made more obvious since he finally decided to grow and let go of his drum after the Nazi's defeat.

The Tin Drum is based on a celebrated novel by German author Gunter Grass. Director Volker Schlöndorff brings it to life with profound elegance and int... read the rest.

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