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Save the Tiger

Rating:R
Genre:Drama
Release Date:January 1, 1973
Running time:100 minutes
Cast:Jack Lemmon, Laurie Heineman, Jack Gilford, Norman Burton, Patricia Smith
Director:John G. Avildsen
Producer:Edward S. Feldman, Martin Ransohoff
Writer:Steve Shagan

Description: 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.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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