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Save the Tiger (1973)

R | | Drama | 21 July 1973 (Sweden)
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.

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Myra
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Fred Mirrell
Patricia Smith ...
Janet Stoner
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Charlie Robbins
William Hansen ...
Meyer
Harvey Jason ...
Rico
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Ula (as Liv Von Linden)
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Margo
Eloise Hardt ...
Jackie
Janina ...
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Sid Fivush
Pearl Shear ...
Cashier
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Tiger Petitioner (as Biff Elliott)
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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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The film's two top billed lead actors were both first named "Jack" - Jack Lemmon and Jack Gilford. See more »

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At 1:37:40, more of the red lining of Harry's coat is visible than it was previously. See more »

Quotes

[Referring to the arsonist and the hooker]
Phil Greene: Professionals, Charlie and Margo. One starts the fires, the other one puts them out.
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Air Mail Special
Composed by Jim Mundy, Benny Goodman & Charlie Christian
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The difference in seeing this movie at 18 and 44
21 January 2000 | by (Fort Smith, Arkansas) – See 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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