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A Feature film by Pierre Schoendoerffer

Produced by Bela Productions

Release in France : 09/11/1977


    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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    Actors (15)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Bela Productions

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Tamasa Distribution

    Co-productions :

    Lira Films, AMLF, Renn Productions, TF1

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    Full credits (20)

    Executive Producer :

    Georges de Beauregard

    Adaptation :

    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

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Production country :

    France (100.0%)

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    Nationality :

    100% French (France)

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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 Film

    Best Actor : Jean Rochefort

    Best Supporting Actor : Jacques Dufilho

    Best Director : Pierre Schoendoerffer

    Best Original Music : Philippe Sarde


    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 Actor : Jean Rochefort

    César Award for Best Supporting Actor : Jacques Dufilho