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      Save the Tiger

      R Released Feb 14, 1973 1h 40m Drama List
      86% Tomatometer 29 Reviews 74% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings Clothing manufacturer Harry Stoner (Jack Lemmon) mourns the loss of his youthful idealism even as he seals his fate by arranging to have an arsonist (Thayer David) torch his faltering factory for the insurance settlement. Stoner's conflicts with himself, his business partner (Jack Gilford), his distant wife (Patricia Smith) and a demanding client (Norman Burton) boil over during a nightmarish presentation at a fashion show, while a free-spirited hippie girl (Laurie Heineman) offers escape. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Jack Lemmon's outstanding performance helps Save the Tiger grab early '70s American anxiety firmly by the tail.

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      Pauline Kael New Yorker [Save the Tiger] asks us to accept Harry's own justification for what he does -- that American materialism has turned him into what he is. And this is a moral hustle that must have enchanted the movie executives who financed this picture. Sep 29, 2023 Full Review Kathleen Carroll New York Daily News Avildsen has a particular talent for recreating lifelike situations. Here, his camera works like a magnet, picking up each squalid detail. Rated: 3/4 Jun 11, 2021 Full Review Elston Brooks Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com The only thing that saves "Save the Tiger" is Lemmon's highly believable dramatic performance. Jun 11, 2021 Full Review Kat Halstead Common Sense Media It's bleak in places, for sure, but the grimy details of the settings and a tour-de-force performance from Lemmon ensure there's enough to pull viewers into a world where moral ambiguity is normalized in a realistic yet fairly hopeless way. Mar 18, 2024 Full Review Grant Watson Fiction Machine The film is a meticulously painted portrait of a deeply flawed human being, and through it finds something to say about the growing cynicism and bleak reality of 1970s America. Rated: 7/10 Dec 19, 2022 Full Review Dilys Powell Sunday Times (UK) I very much doubt whether one would recognize the range of themes were it not for a masterly performance by Mr. Lemmon. Without him the film might look like just another glance at a man on the edge of breakdown. Aug 8, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Alec B Lemmon's performance nails the character's exhaustion but the script is painfully obvious. The scene where they say the title of the movie is so absurd that you'd be forgiven for thinking it's parody. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 05/30/24 Full Review Peter W Overall, this is a touching, well-made drama focusing on one man dealing with extreme anxiety levels in all areas of his life. Jack Lemmon as Harry is outstanding, and audiences will appreciate the detail and depth on display even during the opening scene. While viewers may disagree with Harry's choices, you still hope that he finds peace and some form of joy by the end credits. It's a slow burn, and sadly, the third act drags on and feels slightly uncomfortable, given some of the lengthy scenes and extended dialogue that is exchanged. That being said, the finale is highly impacting, deeply touching, unpredictable, and pleasing. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 08/25/23 Full Review dave s Jack Lemmon thankfully avoids his standard anxiety-ridden, stuttering and stammering Everyman that he seems to play in every film. In John G. Avildsen's Save the Tiger, he portrays Harry Stoner, the owner of a clothing manufacturing factory, a man who longs for the simpler times of the past, seemingly unable to come to terms with the present, especially with regards to his struggling, financially strapped business. Lemmon shows impressive restraint throughout, giving a subtle performance of quiet desperation as he watches his moral compass slip away. The movie, despite feeling a bit dated (especially over the last twenty minutes), works on the strength of its script, Lemmon's performance, as well as the performance of Jack Gilford as Stoner's business partner and voice of reason. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review steve d the only real reason to watch is Jack Lemmon and that is enough. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Great film, great performance Perfectly captures the malaise of the times. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member Mucho drama para mi gusto. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/15/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Clothing manufacturer Harry Stoner (Jack Lemmon) mourns the loss of his youthful idealism even as he seals his fate by arranging to have an arsonist (Thayer David) torch his faltering factory for the insurance settlement. Stoner's conflicts with himself, his business partner (Jack Gilford), his distant wife (Patricia Smith) and a demanding client (Norman Burton) boil over during a nightmarish presentation at a fashion show, while a free-spirited hippie girl (Laurie Heineman) offers escape.
      Director
      John G. Avildsen
      Producer
      Steve Shagan, Martin Ransohoff
      Screenwriter
      Steve Shagan
      Distributor
      Paramount Pictures
      Production Co
      Filmways Pictures, Jalem Productions
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Feb 14, 1973, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      May 1, 2012
      Runtime
      1h 40m
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