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A Feature film by Pierre Schoendoerffer

Produced by Bela Productions

Release in France : 09/11/1977

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Actors (15)

Production and distribution (4)

Executive Producer :

Bela Productions

Film exports/foreign sales :

StudioCanal Films Limited

Co-productions :

Lira Films, AMLF, Renn Productions, Tf1

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A dying French naval frigate captain tries to make a last rendezvous in the winter storm-tossed seas off the Grand Banks, with "le crab tambour," a French war hero he had betrayed twenty years earlier. "Le crab 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 "crab tambour" and his trawler, The Shamrock, is now a legend among the Grand Banks fishermen.

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Full credits (20)

Executive Producer :

Georges de Beauregard

Adapter/dialogue writer :

Pierre Schoendoerffer

Author of original work :

Pierre Schoendoerffer

Screenwriter :

Pierre Schoendoerffer

Sound Recordist :

Raymond Adam

Camera Operator :

Jean Garcenot

Editors :

Nguyen Long, Michel Lavigne, Jean-Guy Montpetit

Production Designer :

Clément Hurel

Foley artist :

Daniel Couteau

Still Photographer :

Patrick Chauvel

Assistant directors :

Marc Angelo, Philippe Charigot, Léonard Guillain, Robert Le Corre, Nguyen Long

Dialogue Writer :

Pierre Schoendoerffer

Producers :

Georges de Beauregard, Raymond Danon, Claude Berri

Director of Photography :

Raoul Coutard

Assistant Operators :

Georges Liron, Dominique Merlin

Production Manager :

Georges Pellegrin

Continuity supervisor :

Patrick Aubrée

Music Composer :

Philippe Sarde

Sound Mixer :

Jean Nény

Location managers :

Patrick Millet, Marcel Mossotti

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Feature film

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100% French

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Runtime :

1 h 59 min

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Posters (1)


Festival Selections

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1978

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1978)

Selection (6)

Best Cinematography : Raoul Coutard

Best Original Music : Philippe Sarde

Best Director : Pierre Schoendoerffer

Best Supporting Actor : Jacques Dufilho

Best Actor : Jean Rochefort

Best Film


Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1978

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1978)

Awards (3)

César award for best cinematography : Raoul Coutard

César award for best supporting actor : Jacques Dufilho

Cesar Award for Best Actor : Jean Rochefort