"The Tin Drum" shared the Palme d'Or award for Best Picture with "Apocalypse Now" at the Cannes Film Festival in 1979.
In his Oscar acceptance speech for the Best Foreign Film award in 1979, director Volker Schlndorff commented, "You know, it's the first award ever given to a film of my country. There's been lots of reasons for that, we know! But I take it as a tribute to my fellow directors over there and for all those whose traditions we want to pick up and follow, and who worked and lived here, I mean, Fritz Lang, Billy Wilder, Ernst Lubitsch, F.W. Murnau and G.W. Pabst."
This production had the highest budget of any film in modern Germany's cinematic history.
Shot on location in Poland, France, Yugoslavia and West Germany; color by Eastmancolor.
Additional cast: Fritz Hakl (Bebra), Mariella Oliveri (Roswitha), Berta Drews (Oma Anna), Roland Teubner (Joseph Koljaiczek), Ernst Jacobi (Loebsack), Werner Rehm (Scheffler), Ilse Page (Gretchen Scheffler).
A Franz Seitz Film/Bioskop-Film/Artemis Film/ Hallelujah-Film/ GGB 14.KG/Argos Films Paris production in collaboration with Jadran Film Zagreb and Film Polski Warsaw. World rights, United Artists.
Rated BBFC 15 by the British Board of Film Classification.
Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film 1979
Cannes Palme d'Or 1979