Recounts the exploits of a French naval officer who
served in Vietnam in the 1950s, was captured and imprisoned by the
Vietnamese for three years, and then participated in an unsuccessful
1961 mutiny of French army generals against the de Gaulle regime. Won
three César awards for best actor, supporting actor, and cinematography.
Director Peter Schoendoerffer took the plot of this
film from his own novel by the same name:
In French: Le Crabe Tambour. Paris:
Grasset, 1976. Out of print.
In English: The Paths of the Sea. New
York: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan ISBN: 0698109031
Not rated but depicts scenes of war.
Pierre Schoendoerffer's filmography
of the film with comments on the film score by Philippe Sarde