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Save the Tiger (1973)

 -  Drama  -  21 July 1973 (Sweden)
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A businessman's professional struggles begin to conflict with his personal life over the course of two days.

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Laurie Heineman ...
Myra
Norman Burton ...
Fred Mirrell
Patricia Smith ...
Janet Stoner
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Charlie Robbins
William Hansen ...
Meyer
Harvey Jason ...
Rico
Liv Lindeland ...
Ula (as Liv Von Linden)
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Margo
Eloise Hardt ...
Jackie
Janina ...
Dusty
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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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21 July 1973 (Sweden)  »

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Salven al tigre  »

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Sissy Spacek read for the part of Myra. 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 »

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Fred Mirrell: Harry, it's all those goddamn operations, the woman's all scarred up. I need these little diversions.
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Referenced in Remington Steele: Sensitive Steele (1986) See more »

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Music by Richard A. Whiting
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" Quarterbacks, get knocked down, nurses get knocked up, yes professionals make mistakes "
26 January 2009 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

As an audience grows older, their perception of life changes. When viewing a movie in your youth, you may not understand the tiny, subtle remarks, nor the innuendos. But as you reach mature milestones, suddenly those secret words, phrases and remarks make so much sense, you wonder why you didn't understand them the first time. That is the message in this film called " Save the Tiger." Although the initial message in the movie was to try and save an endangered species of Indian Tiger, the subliminal message was it could also apply to an American Original; an Idealist American businessman on the verge of extinction. Jack Lemmon plays Harry Stoner, a middle age clothing designer trying to save his faltering business. Despite having a winning fashion line which will yield a sizable profit, they can achieve their goal if they can meet their payroll. As a result, Stoner and his business partner Phil Greene (Jack Gilford, superb acting) may have to resort to criminal options to survive. Thus enters a professional arsonist named Charlie Robbins (Thayer David, is brilliant in this role) who for 10% of the insurance will make short work of an aging property and make it look like an accident. Phil wants nothing to do with the arson plan despite the fact he is already part of last year's fraudulent scheme. Added to his worries, is the fact that Stoner like so many other Veterans, cannot seem to lose the nightmarish visions of the war, where so many of his fellow soldiers died. Stoner fades in and out of reality often dreaming of a past where the highlight of a day was to see the 'Old Fashion Wind-up and pitch' of his youth. This is truly a Classic for anyone wishing to recall a younger segment of one's life which we all understood. ****


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