Save the Tiger

Save the Tiger

Jack Lemmon
Director: John G. Avildsen Cast: Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
, Jack Gilford
Jack Gilford
, Laurie Heineman
Laurie Heineman
John G. Avildsen




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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/10/2020
UPC: 0032429347053
Original Release: 1973
Rating: R
Source: Paramount
Region Code: 1
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:40:00

Special Features

cc Commentary by Director John G. Avildsen and Writer Steve Shagan

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jack Lemmon Harry Stoner
Jack Gilford Phil Green
Laurie Heineman Myra
Norman Burton Fred
Patricia Smith Janet Stoner
Thayer David Charlie Robbins
Liv Lindeland Ula
Biff Elliot Tiger Petitioner
Ned Glass Sid
William Hansen Meyer
Eloise Hardt Jackie
Harvey Jason Rico
Madeleine Lee Gilford Receptionist
Lara Parker Margo
Pearl Shear Cashier
Ben Freedman Taxi Driver
Janina Dusty

Technical Credits
John G. Avildsen Director
Bud Alper Sound/Sound Designer
David Bretherton Editor
Jack T. Collis Art Director,Production Designer
James A. Crabe Cinematographer
Ed Feldman Producer
Marvin Hamlisch Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Robert Knudson Sound/Sound Designer
Ray Molyneaux Set Decoration/Design
Martin Ransohoff Producer
Harry Ray Makeup
Steve Shagan Producer,Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Save the Tiger
0. Scene Selection
7. He's A Casualty
8. Missing Faces
9. An Exact Science
10. My Pressure, My Nut
11. You Like Grass?
12. The Names

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