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Save the Tiger -- Jack Lemmon plays Harry Stoner, a man caught in violent collision with his past and present life. He believes there is nothing significant in his life except survival, and that instinct pushes him beyond moral conduct.


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Release Date:
21 July 1973 (Sweden) See more »
Jack Lemmon in his most important dramatic role since "The Days of Wine and Roses." See more »
A businessman's professional struggles begin to conflict with his personal life over the course of two days. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Won Oscar. Another 1 win & 5 nominations See more »
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The difference in seeing this movie at 18 and 44 See more (49 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jack Lemmon ... Harry Stoner

Jack Gilford ... Phil Greene

Laurie Heineman ... Myra

Norman Burton ... Fred Mirrell
Patricia Smith ... Janet Stoner

Thayer David ... Charlie Robbins
William Hansen ... Meyer
Harvey Jason ... Rico
Liv Lindeland ... Ula (as Liv Von Linden)

Lara Parker ... Margo
Eloise Hardt ... Jackie
Janina ... Dusty

Ned Glass ... Sid Fivush
Pearl Shear ... Cashier

Biff Elliot ... Tiger Petitioner (as Biff Elliott)
Ben Freedman ... Taxi Driver
Madeline Lee ... Receptionist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Barton MacLane ... (clips from 'High Sierra') (archive footage)
Tony Regan ... Man at Show (uncredited)
Leoda Richards ... Woman at Show (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Man at Show (uncredited)
Ken Weiner ... Movie Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
John G. Avildsen 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Steve Shagan  writer

Produced by
Edward S. Feldman .... executive producer
Martin Ransohoff .... producer
Steve Shagan .... producer
Jack Lemmon .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Marvin Hamlisch 
Cinematography by
James Crabe  (as Jim Crabe)
Film Editing by
David Bretherton 
Casting by
Caro Jones 
Art Direction by
Jack T. Collis  (as Jack Collis)
Set Decoration by
Ray Molyneaux 
Makeup Department
Harry Ray .... makeup artist
Production Management
Frank Baur .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ronald L. Schwary .... second assistant director (as Ron Schwary)
Christopher N. Seiter .... assistant director (as Christopher Seiter)
Art Department
Donald B. Nunley .... property master (as Don Nunley)
Leamon Adams .... swing gang (uncredited)
Ron Chiniquy .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Robert Krume .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Spencer Moore .... leadman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bud Alper .... sound
Robert Knudson .... sound (as Robert I. Knudson)
Gene Ashbrook .... boom operator (uncredited)
Vincent Garcia .... sound cable (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ross A. Maehl .... gaffer (as Ross Maehl)
John Murray .... key grip
Jack Willoughby .... camera operator
Gene Kearney .... grip (uncredited)
Calvin Maehl .... best boy electric (uncredited)
Mason Sperry .... grip (uncredited)
Robert M. Stevens .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Orlando Suero .... still photographer (uncredited)
Timothy E. Wade .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Bill Young .... grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John A. Anderson .... wardrobe
Joseph Magnin .... fashion show wardrobe
Editorial Department
David Ramirez .... assistant editor
Music Department
Marvin Hamlisch .... conductor
Jack Sheldon .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Howard A. Small .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Other crew
Pat Quinn .... fashion show consultant
Ray Quiroz .... script supervisor
Alan DeWitt .... dialogue coach (uncredited)
Frank Friedrichsen .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Barbara Gallagher .... secretary to producer and director (uncredited)
Bridget O'Brien .... secretary to production manager (uncredited)
Carl Skelton .... auditor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
100 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:18A (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) (2005) | USA:R

Did You Know?

The baseball players that Harry mentions are all Major League players from the 1930s and 1940s. He mentions both a 'Dolph Camilli' and a 'Lou Camilli'. 'Lou Camilli' is unlikely to be the Cleveland Indians player of 1969-1972, but more likely another reference to Dolph Camilli, whose full name was Adolph Louis Camilli.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
[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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Movie Connections:
Featured in Paramount Presents (1974) (TV)See more »
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37 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
The difference in seeing this movie at 18 and 44, 21 January 2000
Author: Malco ( from Fort Smith, Arkansas

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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