Based on his own novel, DRUMMER-CRAB (Le Crabe-Tambour) is a movie written and directed by Pierre Schoendoerffer in 1977. The picture earned three French Academy Awards out of six nominations.
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Jean Rochefort, an officer of the French Navy, wants to meet Jacques -The Drummer-Crab- Perrin before dying of cancer. He accepts a last mission in the northern Atlantic sea where Perrin is fishing. During this trip, Claude Rich, the medical officer, will help Rochefort to withstand the pain and will try to understand the bonds that link Rochefort and Perrin. Perrin was a career officer who supported the rebellion of the French generals against De Gaulle in the Algeria of the early sixties. As though he admired Perrin, Rochefort testified against him in court and helped condemn Perrin to 20 years of prison.
DRUMMER-CRAB is a film dealing with the notions of Honour and Self-Respect, notions that can break a man's life.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler