Save the Tiger
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it still shows how great filmaking was once made. Basically
the story is about a day & a half in the Life of Harry Stoner
owner of a garment manufactuing company who's going through a
midlife crisis is in debt considers arson to his warehouse as a way of his troubles and manages to commit adultry. Jack Lemmon's
amazing performce which earned him a well deserved oscar plays
with sheer brillance and belivablity that he is pratcally in every scene of this film. One great scene was when Harry litterly
breaks emotinally thinking back to his army days seeing his friends wounded & killed when giving a speech at a fashion show.
No Matter how dated or strange this film may be today it's still
a great film it's defintely not a film for visual & special
effcts nuts but a film with certain amount of intelligence
and should be held as a clasic film.
"Save the Tiger" looks particularly good. Paramount has done a nice, crisp and clean transfer here. While the film occasionally looks soft with noticeably grain in some sequences that's the result of age, the film stock and lighting conditions for the film. The 2.0 audio has nice clarity and presence.
I didn't see this mentioned anywhere when this was released (or on the box that I received with my preview copy) but there is a great commentary track from producer/writer Steve Shagan and director John G. Avildsen ("Rocky"). Both recall the difficulties they had in making the film and Lemmon's consummate professionalism in shooting this film. It's a pity that Lemmon wasn't tapped to provide a commentary while he was alive (and it's a pity that this wasn't issued earlier to take advantage of that) but having Shagan and Avildsen (much less any commentary track) relate their stories about the making of the movie is a delight.
An essential drama with a great performance by Jack Lemmon, "Save the Tiger" looks exceptionally good in this transfer from Paramount. Featuring a nice commentary track by Shagan and Lemmon, "Save the Tiger" is an enjoyable movie and fans will savor having this classic on DVD.
It is hard to capture the sense of America in 1973. Vietnam was in its death throes, the sexual revolution and drug culture were in full swing (hence all the casual promiscuity in the film), the schismatic rage over the Equal Rights Amendment was underway, Roe v. Wade was pushed on the country, Watergate was underway as were other corruption charges in the Nixon administration, and women were beginning to enter the workforce in large numbers.
Lemmon plays Harry Stoner. He is clearly suffering from what we would now call Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, but that wasn't really known at the time of this movie or was just beginning to be discussed because of Vietnam. Stoner is a World War II vet. He is unsuccessful in developing personal relationships because he deals with his pain by focusing on numbing it through work, through gratification of his sexual appetites, and fleeing intimacy. He dwells on his war experiences and is on the verge of a crackup.
His business is also about ready to fail because of bad finances. How much of his stress is caused by the business pressures or whether the business situation is caused by his narcissistic way of living is hard to distinguish.Read more ›
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Excellent acting from Jack Lemmon---is it any wonder that Lemmon won the Academy Award for his performance in this movie! Read morePublished 1 month ago by S. Allman
This is one of my all time favorite movies. A gritty, true to life modern (at least for the 70's) morality play. Great acting and a believable plot line.Published 8 months ago by Big Wave Dave
IN MY OPINION, this is Jack Lemmon's GREATEST movie. Days of Wine and Roses was the primer for this epic film. Read morePublished 8 months ago by REN
No special effects, just a well told story from the 1970's. Rent or buy it!Published 8 months ago by R31
Great period piece presenting life in "middle class" California in the early 70's
Excellent performance by Jack Lemmon
Classic timeless movie with a great soundtrack. Fun to see Los Angeles in 1972.Published 13 months ago by AJ