Volker Schlöndorff’s visionary, surreal adaptation of Nobel laureate Günter Grass’ acclaimed novel depicts a boy caught in a baffling state of perpetual childhood while the chaotic world marches onward to the madness and folly of World War II.
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A young child in Weimar Germany, who's much more intelligent than all the adults around him, decides to stop growing, so he may enjoy his life playing his tin drum all the time. This is also a black comedy.
Beat the child! -- Ebert said it best: "Should I, as a member of the audience, decide to take the drum as, say, a child's toy protest against the marching cadences of the German armies? Or should I allow myself to be annoyed by the child's obnoxious habit of banging on it whenever something's not to his liking? Even if I buy the wretched drum as a Moral Symbol, I'm still stuck with the kid as a pious little bastard."