Die Blechtrommel (The Tin Drum) (1979)

Die Blechtrommel (The Tin Drum)


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In Volker Schlöndorff's award-winning adaptation of Nobel Prize winner Günter Grass' allegorical novel, David Bennent plays Oskar, the young son of a German rural family, circa 1925. On his third birthday, Oskar receives a shiny new tin drum. At this point, rather than mature into one of the miserable specimens of grown-up humanity that he sees around him, he vows never to get any older or any bigger. Whenever the world around him becomes too much to bear, the boy begins to hammer on his drum; … More

Rating: R
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Jean-Claude Carriere
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 12, 1999


as Alfred Matzerath

as Agnes Matzerath

as Oskar Matzerath

as Jan Bronski

as Maria Matzerath

as Bebra midget

as Raswitha Raguna

as The Young Anna Kolla...

as Gauleiter Lobsack

as Gretchen Schemer

as Meyn the Musician

as Lina Graff

as Sigismund Markus

as Joseph Kollaiczek

as Miss Spollenhauer

as Scheffler

as Clown #1

as Schugger-Leo

as Dr. Hollatz

as Private Lankes

as The Old Anna Kollaic...

as Old Heilandt
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Critic Reviews for Die Blechtrommel (The Tin Drum)

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (4)

Schlöndorff has a tendency to sketch the rest of the cast as simple grotesques or symbols of decadence that are unconvincingly humanized in the final third.

Full Review… | September 18, 2012
Time Out
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Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Walks a taut, high rope between doubles and split selves, docu-realism and surrealism, brutality and naïveté, sacred and profane, and history and myth, without falling into the safety net of childish fantasy. (It only falters in its final half-hour.)

Full Review… | July 11, 2013
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

If ever [the characters in] a film embodied Hannah Arendt's principle of "the banality of evil", it's The Tin Drum...

Full Review… | January 23, 2013

Audience Reviews for Die Blechtrommel (The Tin Drum)

A little German boy decides to stop growing up at 3 and a half years old, then watches as Hitler rises to power. A classic comic nightmare about "little people's" acquiescence to Nazism.

Greg S

Super Reviewer


Darkly humor, surrealism and controversial, Die Blechtrommel is a dazzing, entertaning and unique film that bring to us a great direction, just like the screenplay and David Bennent's performance. One of the best films that I ever saw and also one of the most shocking. Fresh.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

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Mischievous, visually stunning, hilarious and compelling. quite an achievement adapting GÃ 1/4nter Grass' novel.

Pierluigi Puccini

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