GenreDrama Initial DVD releaseOctober 25, 2005 WriterSteve Shagan LanguageEnglish
Release dateFebruary 14, 1973 (1973-02-14) CastJack Lemmon (Harry Stoner), Jack Gilford (Phil Greene), Laurie Heineman (Myra), Norman Burton (Fred Mirrell), Patricia Smith (Janet Stoner), Thayer David (Charlie Robbins) Similar moviesThe Longest Week, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Last Tango in Paris, Manhattan Murder Mystery, Lolita, Manhattan
TaglineJuggle the books. Set fire to the factory. Supply women for the clients. Harry Stoner will do anything to get one more season.
The garment industry in save the tiger
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.
Save the tiger trailer
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.
Production and reception
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 Oscar-winning performance of Jack Lemmon as Stoner.
Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role – Jack Lemmon
Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay – Steve Shagan
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor – Jack Gilford
Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay – Steve Shagan
Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama
Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Actor (Drama) – Jack Lemmon
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Jack Gilford