Drummer-Crab Movie Review Summary

Actors: Claude Rich, Jean Rochefort, Jacques Perrin, Jacques Dufilho, Aurore Clément

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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.

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1960's-1970's War impact on civilians/veterans    -   Yes Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   soldier Kind of conflict:    -   war (general)

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   senior military Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   French Unusual characteristics:    -   Physically sick


Europe    -   Yes Asia/Pacific/Middle East    -   Yes Africa    -   Yes Kind of Africa:    -   White Enclave Water?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Is this movie based on a    -   book

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