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A Tiger's Tale (1987)

A young man falls for his girlfriend's mother.


Peter Douglas


Peter Douglas, Allen Hannay III (novel)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Ann-Margret ... Rose
C. Thomas Howell ... Bubber
Charles Durning ... Charlie
Kelly Preston ... Shirley
Ann Wedgeworth ... Claudine
William Zabka ... Randy
Tim Thomerson ... Lonny
Steven Kampmann Steven Kampmann ... Dr. Shorts
Traci Lind ... Penny
Angel Tompkins ... La Vonne
James Noble ... Sinclair
Linda Favila Linda Favila ... Kiki Walker (as Linda Rae Favila)
Steve Farrell Steve Farrell ... Dr. Frank
David Denney David Denney ... Tyronne
Jo Perkins Jo Perkins ... Lucy


Bubber is a high school student. Rose, a nurse is an alcoholic woman, more than twice his age, and the mother of his girlfriend, Shirley. Bubber and Rose begin an affair after he fixes Shirley up with his pal, Ransom. They carry on their affair under the nose of Shirley until everything comes out in the open at a drive-in movie theater. To get even with Bubber and Rose for "behaving badly", Shirley pricks a hole in Rose's diaphragm. Shirley goes on to live with her father and Bubber moves in with Rose along with his pet tiger. The diaphragm incident results in Rose getting pregnant with Bubber's baby. The couple must decide whether to keep the baby and continue their May/December romance or part ways.

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Comedy | Drama


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Actor Kirk Douglas has a silent cameo in this film directed by his son, Peter. The elder Douglas can be spotted in the background, wearing a cowboy hat and playing pool, in a sequence that takes place at a small town bar & grille. See more »

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The bottom half of a tiger is seen walking along the opening credit names. See more »

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Neither shameful nor disastrous
15 March 2002 | by extemporeSee all my reviews

I agree with Roger Ebert's '87 review; this movie is unfocused. Concentrate on the Ann-Margret and young man's relationship with an open mind. The relationship may not be common but if realism were the criterion for excellence in a movie, what (I include "documentaries" and "news footage") would qualify?

This movie is mainly for Ann-Margret fans and those who like a little twist to the confusions of life, at whatever age.

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Release Date:

12 February 1988 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Waller County, Texas, USA


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