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Save the Tiger (1973)

R | | Drama | 14 February 1973 (USA)
A disillusioned aging decent man and once proud WWII veteran is dealing with midlife crisis as well as a tough moral dilemma. If he wants his small near-bankrupt clothing company to survive, he has two days to let go of his shaken morals.

Director:

John G. Avildsen

Writer:

Steve Shagan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Lemmon ... Harry Stoner
Jack Gilford ... Phil Greene
Laurie Heineman Laurie Heineman ... Myra
Norman Burton ... Fred Mirrell
Patricia Smith ... Janet Stoner
Thayer David ... Charlie Robbins
William Hansen William Hansen ... Meyer
Harvey Jason ... Rico
Liv Lindeland Liv Lindeland ... Ula (as Liv Von Linden)
Lara Parker ... Margo
Eloise Hardt Eloise Hardt ... Jackie
Janina Janina ... Dusty
Ned Glass ... Sid Fivush
Pearl Shear Pearl Shear ... Cashier
Biff Elliot ... Tiger Petitioner (as Biff Elliott)
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Storyline

The film depicts a day and a half in Harry Stoner's life. Harry is down on his luck, and trapped in his own indulgences. He daydreams about his youth, trying to escape from the fact that business is rotten and his company owes bundles of money. His day is filled with unusual episodes as he picks up a hitchhiker/prostitute, arranges for his company's warehouse to burn down so he can collect the insurance-money, he hires strippers for his buddies and gets engaged in an animal rights campaign, a fashion show and experiences a rather uncomfortable flashback to the war. Written by Kristian Krokfoss <krokus@online.no>

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Juggle the books. Set fire to the factory. Supply women for the clients. Harry Stoner will do anything to get one more season. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

14 February 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sonhos do Passado See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Sissy Spacek read for the part of Myra which in the end was cast with newcomer Laurie Heineman. See more »

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At 24:01, Harry makes coffee and frame jumps from adding sugar to stirring without putting the sugar down. See more »

Quotes

Myra: Are you OK? Do you want something?
Harry Stoner: Yes. I want that girl in a Cole Porter song. I wanna see Lena Horne at the Cotton Club - hear Billie Holiday sing fine and mellow - walk in that kind of rain that never washes perfume away. I wanna be in love with something. Anything. Just the idea. A dog, a cat. Anything. Just something.
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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 30 August 2016 (2016) See more »

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Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Leo Robin
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The difference in seeing this movie at 18 and 44
21 January 2000 | by MalcoSee all my reviews

The wife is out of town, the kids are in bed, it's just me and the dog.....Save the Tiger came on AMC. I remember going to the theater in 1973, at age 18 and seeing this movie. I was impressed by Jack Lemmon's performance back then. Seeing it now, at age 44....Wow! Jack was my father back then, now I'm my father. I think save the Tiger was the first movie I ever saw that didn't have a happy ending. Except for some dated parts, it is still a very powerful movie about the harshness of life. In real life, well dressed men and women spend every day trying to continue while burdened with almost impossible problems on their back. And we do what we have to do to get by. Little honor in that, but it's real life. Save the Tiger reminded me to be a little nicer to the next grump I meet, I may not know what is hiding behind the nice suit. Laurie Heineman as Myra the hippy chick excited me then and now and is still that fantasy oasis every aging, harried man dreams of to escape the world of his own making.


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