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Save the Tiger (1973)

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

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The only non-Best Picture nominee for the year to be nominated for Best Original Screenplay. See more »

Goofs

At 24:01, Harry makes coffee and frame jumps from adding sugar to stirring without putting the sugar down. 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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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Burt Reynolds/Anne Murray (1980) See more »

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Louise
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Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Leo Robin
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Long live the Tiger!
23 July 2004 | by george-weir4See all my reviews

I first saw this movie as a young man on PBS in Boston,in the late seventies and was immediately struck by the power, honesty and conviction of Lemmon's portrayal, of the ultimate mid life crisis.

Little did I know, that thirty years later, I would be going through one of my own and would once again be drawn to, and struck by, the sincerity and integrity of Jack Lemmon's performance.

The film has it's critics, self indulgent, sentimental and simplistic are only some of comments made, but the film still has the power to make you question what you have done with your own life. It asks you how you got to where you are, and it makes you ask yourself if it was all worth it. It also questions/exposes the Great American Dream and asks, if that is not the be all and end all, then what is?

Harry Stoner is not a man you should feel sorry for, but Lemmon's interpretation forces you to question his ideals and your own, as you follow this crisis point in his life. In the end, whether you like the film or not, or agree with what it is trying to say, you can't deny Lemmon his Academy Award.


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