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The Tiger Makes Out (1967)

A mailman looks for a woman to kidnap as a personal act of insurrection.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Harris
Gloria Fiske
John Harkins ...
Mrs. Kelly
Roland Wood ...
Mr. Kelly
Sudie Bond ...
Miss Lane
David Burns ...
Mr. Ratner
Jack Fletcher ...
Bibi Osterwald ...
Mrs. Ratner
Lady On Bus
Kim August ...


Ben Harris, an embittered, middle-aged New York City postal worker living in a Greenwich Village basement, becomes obsessed with the idea of kidnapping and enslaving the first beautiful young woman he can get his hands on. When he tries to carry out his plan, he doesn't count on suburban homemaker Gloria getting in the way. Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

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It's all about a Greenwich Village cat on the make ... ... who ends up with Gloria, the housewife, by mistake!







Release Date:

16 March 1970 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Der Tiger schlägt zurück  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)



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1.85 : 1
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Dustin Hoffman was paid $200 for one day's work on this, his first feature film. See more »


Featured in Film Review: International Films (1968) See more »


The Tiger Makes Out
Music by Shorty Rogers
Lyrics by Diane Hildebrand
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A brilliant film
12 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's up there with Where's Poppa, The Groove Tube, Putney Swope. It memorializes the NY city mind set of the period, a wonderfully strange man with a bizarre plan, hoist by by own petard, and at last retreating into the bed of his adoptive parents. Totally absurd, its the life one sees through the magic glasses, seeing things as they "really are"... I don't think it is ever shown anymore. If so, surely someone would Tivo the thing and put it out there. A kidnap goes awry: mixed up in a rain storm, dashing in and out or storefronts, our hero tosses a raincoat over his prey and tossing her into his bicycle powered ice cream wagon spirits her off to his basement apartment in the village. He is amazed, surprised, and incredibly disappointed when the wraps come off: instead of a luscious lady, he has captures a middle ages suburban housewife who talks and talks and talks. The film is full of vignettes of the commuters life, the suburban life, the city officials, and all the attitudes so dearly held. It pushes the limits of comedy, such as magical reality might push a drama, much as Daffy Duck is able to draw on imaginative scenes to demonstrate his plight or desires, all at the very edge of plausibility. All of it is humorous, nobody is mean.

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