"Dammit! We should have gotten the order upfront!"
- Harry Stoner (Jack Lemmon) to Phil Greene (Jack Gilford), when his client suffers from a heart attack.
Academy Awards 1973 -
Best Actor: Jack Lemmon
Director John G. Avildsen's SAVE THE TIGER is a complex character study of businessman Harry Stoner (Jack Lemmon), the CEO of a once-successful clothing company in 1970s Los Angeles. He and his business partner, Phil Greene (the great Jack Gilford), have seen better days--their company is failing, and on the eve of an important fashion show, they must make a decision about its future. Harry believes that the only way out of their financial crisis is arson and must face the possibility of that immoral decision while trying to convince Phil that it's truly the only way out. A sleazy wheeler and dealer, Harry's not above such things as pimping for his important clients, cheating on his taxes, and running his business by the seat of his pants. But above all, Harry's suffering from a midlife crisis and pining for the bygone days of his childhood, when--he believes--things were simpler and more clear-cut. Now residing in the lap of luxury, he struggles to maintain his lifestyle without losing his sense of self. As he wanders the city of Los Angeles in a daze, he meets a young hitchhiking hippie (Laurie Heineman) whom he spends the night with, but even this doesn't seem to recapture his youth. Struggling with his personal demons and the future of his business, Harry has to make a final, moral decision that will determine the way he spends the rest of his days. This intimate commentary on the evils of materialism features an Oscar-winning performance from Lemmon that is subtly and deeply moving.
In SAVE THE TIGER, the head of a failing business considers arson as a way out of his financial troubles. As he wrestles with this decision, he also ponders the meaning of his shallow, materialistic life.
Character Study |
Scams And Cons |
Theatrical Release |
Filmed in sequence in Los Angeles, California.
SAVE THE TIGER was nominated for three Academy Awards and won for Best Actor (Jack Lemmon).