Le Crabe Tambour

  • 1977
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama, War

This offbeat militaristic film won three French Cesars in 1977 but didn't get a US release until 1984. Directed by Schoendoerffer, whose THE ANDERSON PLATOON won an Oscar for feature-length documentary in 1967, LE CRABE TAMBOUR stars Perrin as the title character, a commander who is only seen in flashback. Fighting in the French-Indochina War and in Algeria,...read more

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This offbeat militaristic film won three French Cesars in 1977 but didn't get a US release until 1984. Directed by Schoendoerffer, whose THE ANDERSON PLATOON won an Oscar for feature-length documentary in 1967, LE CRABE TAMBOUR stars Perrin as the title character, a commander who is only

seen in flashback. Fighting in the French-Indochina War and in Algeria, Perrin earned his nickname, "the Crab Drum," through his habit of beating his stomach after eating crabs. Years afterward, army captain Rochefort, doctor Rich, and engineer Dufilho are traveling on a Newfoundland-bound ship

exchanging stories about "le Crabe Tambour" and their involvement with him. Rich is still displeased with himself for not standing by Perrin in Indochina but returning to France instead to marry. Rochefort also regrets his failure to follow Perrin, into Algeria in 1962. Revealing that he has

terminal lung cancer, Rochefort determines to find Perrin, who reportedly runs a cod-fishing boat with other war veterans. Essentially a character study, LE CRABE TAMBOUR succeeds in creating honest characters who ring true in their reminiscences and their devotion to former war mates. (In French;

English subtitles.)

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  • Released: 1977
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: This offbeat militaristic film won three French Cesars in 1977 but didn't get a US release until 1984. Directed by Schoendoerffer, whose THE ANDERSON PLATOON won an Oscar for feature-length documentary in 1967, LE CRABE TAMBOUR stars Perrin as the title ch… (more)

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