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Le Crabe-Tambour (1977)

120 min | Adventure, Drama, War

A dying French naval frigate captain tries to make a last rendezvous in the winter storm-tossed seas off the Grand Banks, with "le crabe tambour," a French war hero he had betrayed twenty years earlier. "Le crabe tambour" "the drummer crab...See moreA dying French naval frigate captain tries to make a last rendezvous in the winter storm-tossed seas off the Grand Banks, with "le crabe tambour," a French war hero he had betrayed twenty years earlier. "Le crabe tambour" "the drummer crab" was a boyhood nickname for the handsome young Alsatian whom the film depicts proving his courage, first in the war in French Indochina, and then again in the "Generals' Revolt" in Algeria. Courtmartialed because friends like the French naval captain were afraid to risk their own careers by testifying for him, the exiled "crabe tambour" and his trawler, The Shamrock, is now a legend among the Grand Banks fishermen. Written by Thomas Lipscomb See less
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Writers
Jean-François Chauvel (adaptation and dialogue) | Pierre Schoendoerffer (adaptation and dialogue) (novel "Le Crabe-Tambour")
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Editors
Colette Landoz | Michèle Lavigne (as Michele Lavigne-Debray) | Nguyen Long | Jean-Guy Montpetit (as Jean Guy Monpetit)
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Updated Nov 9, 1977

Release date
Apr 24, 1979 (United States)

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Jean Rochefort
Captain Captain   See fewer
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Claude Rich
Le médecin, Pierre Le médecin, Pierre   See fewer
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Aurore Clément
Aurore (as Aurore Clement) Aurore (as Aurore Clement)   See fewer
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Odile Versois
Madame, wife of bar owner Madame, wife of bar owner   See fewer
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Pierre Rousseau
Babourg Babourg   See fewer
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Jacques Dufilho
Chef mécanicien Chef mécanicien   See fewer
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Jacques Perrin
Lt. Willsdorff, 'le Crabe-Tambour' Lt. Willsdorff, 'le Crabe-Tambour'   See fewer
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Jean Champion
L'homme dans le café L'homme dans le café   See fewer
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François Dyrek
Le cafetier-gendarme (as Francois Dyrex) Le cafetier-gendarme (as Francois Dyrex)   See fewer
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Yves Morgan-Jones
L'enseigne L'enseigne   See fewer
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Bernard Lajarrige
Le recteur Le recteur   See fewer
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François Landolt
Le clairon Bochau (as Francois Landolt) Le clairon Bochau (as Francois Landolt)   See fewer
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Hubert Laurent
L'officier de pêche L'officier de pêche   See fewer
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Joseph Momo
Bongo-Ba Bongo-Ba   See fewer
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Pierre Semmler
Actor (as Peter Semler) Actor (as Peter Semler)   See fewer
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Mr. Lucifer
Le role du CHAT Le role du CHAT   See fewer
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Bruno Cremer
L'adjudant Willsdorf (uncredited) L'adjudant Willsdorf (uncredited)   See fewer
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Pierre Guillaume
Prosecutor (uncredited) Prosecutor (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ludovic Schoendoerffer
Le gamin breton (uncredited) Le gamin breton (uncredited)   See fewer
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7 / 10 | 581 votes