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Director:
Writer:
Steve Shagan (writer)
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Release Date:
21 July 1973 (Sweden) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Jack Lemmon in his most important dramatic role since "The Days of Wine and Roses." See more »
Plot:
A businessman's professional struggles begin to conflict with his personal life over the course of two days. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 1 win & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A powerful film. See more (49 total) »

Cast

  (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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100 min
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:18A (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) (2005) | USA:R

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Harry Stoner:We got a movie we've gotta see.
Sid Fivush:Movie? They ain't made a good movie in thirty years.
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Soundtrack:
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38 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
A powerful film., 17 July 2001
Author: jrs-8 from Chicago

"Save the Tiger" is not for everyone. If you are a fan of great acting and writing, and not bothered by a slow pace then this is a movie for you.

The film takes place all in one day and tells the story of a businessman on a downward spiral. Jack Lemmon (in a well deserved Oscar winning role) plays the owner of a clothing manufacturer. He is losing money and his mind. He has decided to hire an arsonist to destroy the business so he can collect the insurance money, much against the wishes of his partner (well played by Jack Gilford).

The film follows him that day as he comes to many life decisions while trying to avoid the nervous breakdown that is hauntingly close.

This is a film of raw power that never reaches out to us so strongly that we feel smothered by it all. It's pace is slow which makes the film all the more powerful. Two scenes that stand out are when he is to speak at a luncheon. As he speaks he begins seeing the audience not as normal, everyday people but as soldiers from the war he fought in. He is so overcome he can't finish his speech.

The other standout moment is when he meets the arsonist at the porno theater. The arsonist has been there and back 100 times and knows his business. He knows the right way to destroy a man's dreams for profit. To say the scene is frightening is an understatement. But it's a testament to the brilliant (and Oscar winning) screenplay by Steve Shagan.

This is one of those rare films for adults. Frightening, powerfully thought provoking. A must see for the true cinema buff.

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