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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)


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Credited cast:
Ann-Margret ... Rose Butts
C. Thomas Howell ... Bubber Drumm
Charles Durning ... Charlie Drumm
Kelly Preston ... Shirley Butts
Ann Wedgeworth ... Claudine
William Zabka ... Randy
Tim Thomerson ... Lonny
Steven Kampmann Steven Kampmann ... Dr. Shorts
Traci Lind ... Penny
Angel Tompkins ... LaVonne
James Noble ... Sinclair
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jim Colegrove Jim Colegrove ... Juke Jumper member
Shannon Collins Shannon Collins ... Girl at Clinic
David Denney David Denney ... Tyronne
Steve Farrell Steve Farrell ... Dr. Frank


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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Release Date:

12 February 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bir Kaplanin Öyküsü See more »

Filming Locations:

Waller County, Texas, USA

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Vincent Pictures See more »
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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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Weird in a Wonderful Way
15 May 2007 | by agent-tooSee all my reviews

Admittedly, I first found this film while looking for more C. Thomas Howell vehicles (he's such a dream in The Hitcher, isn't he?), but I was blown away by what I found. This movie actually features a romantic relationship between Tom Howell and Ann-Margret, Kelly Preston as the ultimate whore, tiger wrestling, male nudity, and the oddest William Zabka role I think I've ever seen. (Sweet, dumb and Southern?) I don't think anyone could defend this as a particularly amazing film, but it has a lot to offer and will surely entertain you in a slack-jawed kind of way. Great for 80's fans, better for Ann-Margret fans, and absolutely perfect for anyone who's ever longed to see a little of Tom Howell's butt.

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