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Le Crabe-Tambour Details

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(The Crab Drum) stars Jacques Perrin as the title character. An officer in the French navy, Perrin has earned his nickname through his habit of beating his chest a la King Kong after consuming a crab dinner. Stories of this eccentric but courageous warrior remain in circulation long after his involvement in the Indochinese and Algerian wars. Two of his former comrades in arms, Jean Rochefort and Claude Rich, have long suffered guilt pangs for not having stood by "Le Crabe Tambour" when he needed them most. Accompanied by a third veteran, Jacques Dufilho, the men decide to stage a reunion with the dying Perrin. This triangular character study (the title character is seen only in flashback) won several French film industry awards when it was originally released in 1977; still, it didn't pick up a US distributor until 1984. Director Pierre Schoendoerffer co-adapted the screenplay for from his own novel. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
French Academy of Cinema Jacques Dufilho Best Supporting Actor 1977 Winner
French Academy of Cinema Jean Rochefort Best Actor 1977 Winner
French Academy of Cinema Raoul Coutard Best Cinematography 1977 Winner

Cast

Jean Rochefort
as Captain
Claude Rich
as Doctor
Jacques Perrin
as Willsdorff, "Le Crabe Tambour"
Jacques Dufilho
as Chief Engineer
Odile Versois
as Bar Hostess
Aurore Clément
as Francine
Bernard Lajarrige
as Rector
Joseph Momo
as Bongo-Ba
Fred Personne
as Bar Owner/Gendarme
Pierre Rousseau
as Babourg
Bernard Lajarrige
as Rector
Joseph Momo
as Bongo-Ba
Fred Personne
as Bar Owner/Gendarme

Crew

Pierre Schoendoerffer
Director
Georges de Beauregard
Producer
Pierre Schoendoerffer
Screenwriter
Pierre Schoendoerffer
Book Author
Raoul Coutard
Cinematographer
Philippe Sarde
Composer (Music Score)
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