Save the Tiger

Lemmon's nervy performance as the garment manufacturer harassed by financial problems and moral compromises is the best thing in this well-meaning but very wordy look at the failure of the American Dream. Middle-aged, disillusioned, and nearing a nervous breakdown, he bewails the passing of his youth when things were simpler, while resorting to insurance fraud to revive his ailing fortunes. Cynical, occasionally hollow stuff (scripted by Steve Shagan), but thanks to Lemmon, sometimes quite moving.

Release details

Duration: 100 mins

Cast and crew

Director: John G Avildsen
Screenwriter: Steve Shagan
Cast: Jack Lemmon
Jack Gilford
Laurie Heineman
Norman Burton
Patricia Smith
Thayer David
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