Save the Tiger
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|Save the Tiger|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||John G. Avildsen|
|Produced by||Steve Shagan|
|Written by||Steve Shagan|
|Music by||Marvin Hamlisch|
|Edited by||David Bretherton|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Box office||$3,000,000 (US and Canada rentals)|
Save the Tiger is a 1973 drama film about moral conflict in contemporary America directed by John G. Avildsen, and starring Jack Lemmon, Jack Gilford, Laurie Heineman, Thayer David, Lara Parker, and Liv Lindeland. The screenplay was adapted by Steve Shagan from his novel of the same title.
Lemmon won the 1973 Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Harry Stoner (making him the first of six actors to win Oscars for both Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor), an executive in the garment industry who struggles with the complexity of modern life versus the simplicity of his youth.
Harry Stoner (Jack Lemmon) is an executive at a Los Angeles apparel company close to ruin. With no legal way to keep the company from going under, Stoner considers torching his warehouse for the insurance settlement.
The arson is agreed to very reluctantly by his partner (Jack Gilford), a stable family man who watches Harry's decline with alarm. Through it all, Harry drinks, laments the state of the world, and tries his best to keep the business rolling as usual. This last task is complicated when a client has a heart attack in the arms of a prostitute provided by Stoner.
With nerves still shaky, Stoner takes the stage at the premiere of his company's new line, only to be overcome by war memories. He ends the day spontaneously deciding to go home with a young, free-spirited girl hitchhiker, whose ignorance of his generation underscores his isolation from the world around him.
- Jack Lemmon as Harry Stoner
- Jack Gilford as Phil Greene
- Laurie Heineman as Myra
- Norman Burton as Fred Mirrell
- Patricia Smith as Janet Stoner
- Thayer David as Charlie Robbins
- William Hansen as Meyer
- Harvey Jason as Rico
- Lin Von Linden as Ula
- Lara Parker as Margo
- Eloise Hart as Jackie
- Janina as Dusty
- Ned Glass as Sid Fivush
- Pearl Shear as Cashier
- Biff Elliot as Tiger Petitioner
- Ben Freedman as Taxi Driver
- Madeline Lee as Receptionist
The movie was written by Steve Shagan and directed by John G. Avildsen. Lemmon was determined to make the movie, despite its limited commercial prospects, and so he waived his usual salary and worked for scale. The movie was filmed in sequence after three weeks of rehearsal in Los Angeles. There is also a novel version of Save the Tiger, by Shagan: the title comes from a campaign to save tigers from extinction to which Stoner contributes.
The movie failed financially at the box office, but critics and viewers who saw it liked the performance of Lemmon as Stoner. Critic John Simon wrote Save the Tiger 'is a film with good, serious intentions, and thus a somewhat touching failure'.
Awards and nominations
|1974||Academy Awards||Best Actor||Jack Lemmon||Won|
|Best Supporting Actor||Jack Gilford||Nominated|
|Best Original Screenplay||Steve Shagan||Nominated|
|Golden Globe Awards||Best Motion Picture – Drama||Save the Tiger||Nominated|
|Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama||Jack Lemmon||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture||Jack Gilford||Nominated|
|Writers Guild of America Awards||Best Original Screenplay||Steve Shagan||Won|
- "Save the Tiger: Trivia". IMDb. Amazon. Retrieved June 8, 2013.
- "Tracking the Players". Variety. January 18, 1993. p. 36.
- Simon, John (1982). Reverse Angle: A Decade of American Film. Crown Publishers Inc. p. 102.
- "Save the Tiger (1973)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
- "Save the Tiger: Awards Wins and Nominations". IMDb. Amazon. Retrieved April 17, 2012.