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Tiger Warsaw (1988)

Chuck brought sorrow to his family when he shot his father who is now a semi-invalid. After 15 years of self destruction, he returns home to seek forgiveness

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Chuck 'Tiger' Warsaw
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Frances Warsaw
Lee Richardson ...
Michael Warsaw
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Paula Warsaw
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Karen
Bobby Di Cicco ...
Tony (as Bobby DiCicco)
Jenny Chrisinger ...
Val
James Patrick Gillis ...
Roger
Michelle Glaven ...
Emily
Kevin Bayer ...
Robin
Beeson Carroll ...
Uncle Gene
Sally-Jane Heit ...
Aunt Barbara
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Aunt Thelma
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Lt. Fontana (as Thomas Mills Wood)
Cynthia Lammel ...
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Chuck brought sorrow to his family when he shot his father who is now a semi-invalid. After 15 years of self destruction, he returns home to seek forgiveness

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Years ago he shattered his life. Now he's back to pick up the pieces.

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12 May 1988 (West Germany)  »

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$422,667 (USA)
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The film is about seeking forgiveness and reconciliation. See more »

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The scene where Tiger has a breakdown while stopped at the railroad crossing was filmed on Pitt Street in Sharon, PA. Pitt Street is a one way street and the cars are all going the wrong way on the street. See more »

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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Worst Films of 1988 (1989) See more »

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Produced by Jonathan Stuart and Frank Annunziata
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blockbuster this is not, arty character based story of the human spirit, this is
29 January 2013 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

This was a surprising role for Patrick Swayze after the run away success of Dirty Dancing, but perhaps he wanted to secure himself as a character actor rather than simply a dancing, smouldering romantic lead. And this he does. Whilst this film doesn't garner much attention, it is nevertheless a piece of drama of high calibre. Overall, it is uplifting and a story of triumph and love, but it gets there via the medium of a rather dreary, grey film full of clever direction that takes advantage of the mill-town backwater working class experience and turns it into something stylised and arty. The scene cuts, if you watch them, the use of silence, the use of bells or the train whistle, Tiger's frustration and mounting anger set against the rolling stock of the train going past... it's actually rather beautiful. The stand out performances are most definitely Swayze and Barbara Williams (Kiki) and you can see her powerful stage presence clearly - I can imagine she was a wonderful Lady MacBeth. Piper Laurie I thought was too contrived, her face immobile (all the female characters except Kiki had FAR too much make up) but emotive and honest; you were very much sympathetic to her but much of the rest of the acting was mediocre with exception of Lee Richardson, the father, and there were some remarkably tender scenes between the two parents. The child actors - Kiki's children - were terrible. Swayze showed a range and depth demonstrating how good he was, especially with the backdrop of very little by way of excitement or colour; it really was him, the camera and little else except raw emotion a lot of the time. He carried the film. It was definitely an 80s film and it looks old and weary, brought to life by Swayze in his prime, and he looked amazing.

This film has at it's heart a family crisis and the longterm effects, guilt, regret, fear, heartache, self-loathing and misunderstanding that can poison a family, and a community, and how reconciliation can be achieved and the painful process it can be. It is clear what the crux of the crisis was, it is shown through increasingly revealing flashbacks and through dialogue, and with the spectre of drug and alcohol abuse it is plausible and relatable. I had not seen this film for a long time, and forgotten how lovely it is, but whilst I enjoy it, I am well aware that it's not a great film.


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