- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: R
- Run Time: 2 hours, 43 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: January 15, 2013
- Originally Released: 1979
- Label: Criterion
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Disc one:
- New, restored high-definition digital transfer of the complete version, approved by director Volker Schlöndorff
- Newly remastered 5.1 surround soundtrack, approved by Schlöndorff
- New english subtitle translation
- Disc two:
- New interview with Schlöndorff about the making of the film and the creation of the complete version
- New interview with film scholar Timothy Corrigan
- German audio recording of Günter Grass reading an excerpt from his novel
- The Tin Drum, illustrated with corresponding scene from the film
- Television excerpts featuring Schlöndorff, Grass, actors David Bennent and Mario Adorf, and cowriter Jean-Clause Carrière
- Plus: a booklet featuring an essay by critic Geoffrey Macnab and 1978 statements by Grass about the adaptation of his novel
- Special Edition
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.66
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - German
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Academy Awards 1979 -
Best Foreign Language Film
Cannes 1979 -
Premiere - 12/01/1996
"...The film's power and invention leave scars..." - Recommended
Variety - 05/16/1979
"...This is an entertaining [picture]....Several scenes in TIN DRUM are eye-catchers..."
A.V. Club - 02/06/2013
"[Bennent] adroitly captures a 3-year-old's solipsistic conviction that the entire world is his personal playground."
Coming Of Age |
Essential Cinema |
Theatrical Release |
- "The Tin Drum" shared the Palme d'Or award for Best Picture with "Apocalypse Now" at the Cannes Film Festival in 1979.
- In his Oscar acceptance speech for the Best Foreign Film award in 1979, director Volker Schlöndorff commented, "You know, it's the first award ever given to a film of my country. There's been lots of reasons for that, we know! But I take it as a tribute to my fellow directors over there and for all those whose traditions we want to pick up and follow, and who worked and lived here, I mean, Fritz Lang, Billy Wilder, Ernst Lubitsch, F.W. Murnau and G.W. Pabst."
- This production had the highest budget of any film in modern Germany's cinematic history.
- Shot on location in Poland, France, Yugoslavia and West Germany; color by Eastmancolor.
- Additional cast: Fritz Hakl (Bebra), Mariella Oliveri (Roswitha), Berta Drews (Oma Anna), Roland Teubner (Joseph Koljaiczek), Ernst Jacobi (Loebsack), Werner Rehm (Scheffler), Ilse Page (Gretchen Scheffler).
- A Franz Seitz Film/Bioskop-Film/Artemis Film/ Hallelujah-Film/ GGB 14.KG/Argos Films Paris production in collaboration with Jadran Film Zagreb and Film Polski Warsaw. World rights, United Artists.
- Rated BBFC 15 by the British Board of Film Classification.