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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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Steve Shagan (writer)
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Release Date:
21 July 1973 (Sweden) See more »
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Jack Lemmon in his most important dramatic role since "The Days of Wine and Roses." See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 1 win & 5 nominations See more »
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The American Dream may be lost, but thankfully not Lemmon's dream performance See more (51 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
Dan Goldwasser .... soundtrack producer (uncredited)
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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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:18A (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:16 | Netherlands:12 | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) (2005) | USA:R

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Trivia:
Many movie posters for the film featured a long blurb that read: "Juggle the books. Set fire to the factory. Supply women for the clients. Harry Stoner will do anything to get one more season. Jack Lemmon in his most important dramatic role since Days of Wine and Roses (1962)".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:
Myra:Are you OK? Do you want something?
Harry Stoner:Yes. I want that girl in a Cole Porter song. I wanna see Lena Horne at the Cotton Club - hear Billie Holiday sing fine and mellow - walk in that kind of rain that never washes perfume away. I wanna be in love with something. Anything. Just the idea. A dog, a cat. Anything. Just something.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "The Trip: L'Enclume (#1.2)" (2010)See more »
Soundtrack:
LouiseSee more »

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30 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
The American Dream may be lost, but thankfully not Lemmon's dream performance, 21 July 2001
Author: Geofbob from London, England

This is a well-crafted movie, directed in 1973 by John G Avildsen in a conventional, theatrical manner, harking back to social dramas of 10 or 20 years before, but reflecting the more uncertain '70s in its unresolved ending.

Jack Lemmon delivers a brilliant, Oscar-winning performance as Harry Stoner, a middle-aged man at the end of his tether, who confuses his personal midlife crisis, and the failure of his fashion business, with what he sees as the USA's moral decline in the post-war years. Obsessed with the lost cameraderie of his active service in the war, with the baseball and jazz giants of yesteryear, and with the slain and fallen idols of the 60s (Kennedy, King, Monroe etc), he sleepwalks into his own moral abyss of an arson plot, comforting himself that he is no worse than the times in which he lives.

Lemmon's character is countered by those of Phil Greene, his business partner, convincingly played by Jack Gilford, and Meyer (William Hansen), the firm's veteran, expert cutter and refugee from Nazism. Phil does not suffer Harry's sense of disillusion, because he is too down-to- earth to have experienced the illusion in the first place; Meyer, also, despite superficial discontent with the changing times, gains strength from his skill and family life.

For me, the main theme here is the familiar one of the lost American Dream, and the film brings to mind the final lines of the seminal exploration of that theme, the Great Gatsby - "So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past." Harry's American Dream is not of a golden future, but of a golden past; it isn't lost, it simply never existed. But, that said, in this movie thematic analysis definitely takes second place to appreciation of Lemmon's bravura performance.





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