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Save the Tiger (1973)

R | | Drama | 14 February 1973 (USA)
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.

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John G. Avildsen

Writer:

Steve Shagan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Lemmon ... Harry Stoner
Jack Gilford ... Phil Greene
Laurie Heineman Laurie Heineman ... Myra
Norman Burton ... Fred Mirrell
Patricia Smith ... Janet Stoner
Thayer David ... Charlie Robbins
William Hansen William Hansen ... Meyer
Harvey Jason ... Rico
Liv Lindeland Liv Lindeland ... Ula (as Liv Von Linden)
Lara Parker ... Margo
Eloise Hardt Eloise Hardt ... Jackie
Janina Janina ... Dusty
Ned Glass ... Sid Fivush
Pearl Shear Pearl Shear ... Cashier
Biff Elliot ... Tiger Petitioner (as Biff Elliott)
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Storyline

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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Juggle the books. Set fire to the factory. Supply women for the clients. Harry Stoner will do anything to get one more season. See more »

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

14 February 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sonhos do Passado See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Star Jack Lemmon was being touted as an Oscar candidate even before the film was released. On April 4th, Lemmon became the first performer in history to win both a "Best Actor" and "Best Supporting Actor" Academy Award (for Save the Tiger (1973) and Mister Roberts (1955) respectively). See more »

Goofs

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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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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Superb Acting & Drama
27 February 2017 | by kag2See all my reviews

This superb drama offers middle-aged longing, lost dreams, success, despair, and superb acting by Jack Lemmon (won the Oscar) and Jack Gilford (nominated for supporting). BUT: this film is not for everybody. A serious drama about middle-aged loss, struggle, and fading dreams won't grab every one. It's too slow for some viewers, and too realistic for some others.

Harry Stoner (Lemmon) is as an LA businessman who seeks an arsonist to burn him out so he can collect the insurance and rebuild his failing business. His aging partner Phil Greene (Jack Gilford) opposes this, but realizes at his age (close to 65) he may never find another job. Both men are decent but jaded, and troubled by the lost innocence (or false innocence) of their youth in Brooklyn. Harry is also troubled by post-traumatic stress flashbacks from his lost comrades at Anzio in World War II, while Phil is troubled by going along with a crime that means losing his integrity. Both men appear to be Jewish, and may feel added burdens that come with having beaten anti-Semitic discrimination (or worse). There is the also longing for their boyhood in New York, before crime made cities less safe, and before the Dodgers (plus these two men) deserted Brooklyn for Los Angeles - which is not quite the sunny paradise that both probably hoped for. This film also came out in 1973, as Watergate, Vietnam, and the non-success of the Great Society all seemed to evidence a certain national decline.

Save the Tiger is like "Death of Salesman Goes To LA." There is fantasy, failure, and searing struggles for success. The two main characters are not so tragic as Willie Loman; yet they are not all that far removed, either.


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