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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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Jack Lemmon in his most important dramatic role since "The Days of Wine and Roses." See more »

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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

Debut produced screenplay for a cinema movie of writer-producer Steve Shagan. See more »

Goofs

Harry wipes Fred's face almost completely clean of the red body paint. In a subsequent shot, Fred's face is covered with red paint again. See more »

Quotes

Harry Stoner: The government has a word for survival. It's called fraud.
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Connections

Referenced in AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to John Ford (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

I Can't Get Started
Composed by Vernon Duke & Ira Gershwin
Performed by Bunny Berigan
Original recording courtesy of RCA Records
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Things are never as good as you remember them...
5 August 2004 | by jc1305usSee all my reviews

I saw this movie on cable when I was probably 18 or 20 years old, and from the first time watching it, I was enthralled. It really does engross you. I think the credit (and Im happy to say the Oscar) goes to Jack Lemmon, an actor who

really did have the everyman down to a science. The movie is an excellent

commentary on dreams coming apart, the loss of old friends, and realizing

youre time may have come and gone. Not exactly the most uplifting movie but it is raw and honest. Lemmon and his partner run Capri Casuals, a women's wear

line based in southern California in the early 70's. (incidentally the name comes from the island where most of Lemmons war time buddies were killed and

buried) When times get tough and Lemmon is lowering himself by becoming a

pimp to a big customer, he realizes his American dream might be over. In

consultation with his partner he decides to hire an arsonist to destroy his factory for the insurance. An intense, searing performance from Lemmon, makes Save

the Tiger a movie that should be watched for years to come.

Highly Recommended.


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