Save the Tiger (1973)

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Star Jack Lemmon was so eager to see Save the Tiger make it to the big screen that he waived his salary rather than have the film exceed its tiny budget. Lemmon portrays "the great American tragedy" as upwardly mobile garment manufacturer Harry Stoner, whose underhanded business tactics are beginning to catch up with him, and whose keeping-up-appearances lifestyle has forced him into bankruptcy. The script, by producer Steve Shagan, does nothing to endear us to Stoner: he flagrantly cheats on his wife, arranges business deals by servicing his clients with prostitutes, and finally agrees to torch his warehouse to collect the insurance money, all the while paying empty lip service to his lost ideals. Nonetheless, one "feels" for Stoner throughout, especially when he breaks down while giving a speech to his assembled buyers, imagining that the audience is populated by his dead army buddies, who gave up their lives to make the world safe for good-for-nothings like himself. Lemmon's performance won him an Academy Award. Appearing in supporting roles are Jack Gilford as Lemmon's conscience-stricken partner and Thayer David as a smarmy arsonist.
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R
Genre:
Classics , Drama
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Paramount Pictures

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Cast

Jack Lemmon
as Harry Stoner
Jack Gilford
as Phil Greene
Norman Burton
as Fred Mirrell
Patricia Smith
as Janet Stoner
Thayer David
as Charlie Robbins
Lara Parker
as Margo the Prostitute
Eloise Hardt
as Jackie
Janina
as Dusty
Madeleine Lee Gilford
as Receptionist
Ned Glass
as Sid Fivush
Pearl Shear
as Cashier
Biff Elliot
as Tiger Man
Ben Freedman
as Taxi Driver
Madeline Lee
as Receptionist
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Audience Reviews for Save the Tiger

½

Excellent and well deserved Oscar winning performance from Jack Lemmon with great supporting work from Jack Gilford and Patricia Smith. Excellent writing and directing as well

Kyle Bailey
Kyle Bailey
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A tour de force for Lemmon. Consider this to be a bridge between the early great comedic work and the really marvelous dramatic work of his later career.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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

Wahida K
Wahida K

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