The Tiger Makes Out

Overview

Expanded from a two-character play by Murray Schisgal, this comedy stars Eli Wallach as Ben Harris, a disgruntled New York City mail carrier. Harris is fed up with being cheated by his landlords, the Kellys Roland Wood and Ruth White, so he terrorizes them and the city's housing authority until they agree to give him a new apartment. Not satisfied, Harris "goes postal" by kidnapping a bored suburban housewife, Gloria Fiske Anne Jackson and taking her back to his apartment. To his surprise, he finds that Gloria ...
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Overview

Expanded from a two-character play by Murray Schisgal, this comedy stars Eli Wallach as Ben Harris, a disgruntled New York City mail carrier. Harris is fed up with being cheated by his landlords, the Kellys Roland Wood and Ruth White, so he terrorizes them and the city's housing authority until they agree to give him a new apartment. Not satisfied, Harris "goes postal" by kidnapping a bored suburban housewife, Gloria Fiske Anne Jackson and taking her back to his apartment. To his surprise, he finds that Gloria also hates the world, and they become fast friends. He eventually lets her go but follows her home. When he tries to climb into her window, her husband Jerry Bob Dishe chases him away. Harris returns to his apartment building, where the Kellys invite him in to watch TV, and somehow this soothes his wrath. Dustin Hoffman has a small role as a hippie named Hap. ~ Michael Betzold
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Murray Schisgal play upon which The Tiger Makes Out is based is very much a product of its time. It's also very much a product of the theater, and the impact it had on-stage depended, to a great extent, upon the electricity created between the live actors and the live audience, as well as its compact, one-act form, which allowed the writer to make his points and then get away from them, with no obligation to delve more deeply. Expanding the piece into a full length film was a mistake, as the material comes across as quite thin and very padded, and the semi-surreal comedy comes across as rather forced. The one benefit of opening up the play in this manner is that it provided supporting roles for a staggering array of stage talent, including Rae Allen, Frances Sternhagen, Bob Dishy, Bibi Osterwald, Elizabeth Wilson, and the then-unknown Dustin Hoffman. Unfortunately, most of them are wasted and have little to do. Stars Anne Jackson and Eli Wallach, of course, are given plenty to do, and they do it extremely well; but the camera still is not able to fully capture the duo's special chemistry. Still, their performances make much of the film engaging -- much more so than it has a right to be.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/5/2014
  • UPC: 043396447929
  • Original Release: 1967
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures Home
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 55,353

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eli Wallach Ben Harris
Anne Jackson Gloria Fiske
Bob Dishy Jerry Fiske
John Harkins Leo
Ruth White Mrs. Kelly
Roland Wood Mr. Kelly
Rae Allen Beverly
David Burns Mr. Ratner
Jack Fletcher Pawnbroker
Bibi Osterwald Mrs. Ratner
Charles Nelson Reilly Registrar
Frances Sternhagen Lady on Bus
Elizabeth Wilson Receptionist
Alice Beardsley Kentucky Neighbor
Mariclare Costello Rosi
David F. Doyle Housing Clerk
Dustin Hoffman Hap
James Luisi Pete Copolla
John Ryan Toni's Escort
Edgar Stehli Old Man
Oren Stevens Policeman
Remak Ramsay Housing Guard
Sudie Bond Miss Lane
Technical Credits
Arthur Hiller Director
Martin Bell Makeup
John Godfrey Set Decoration/Design
Robert Jones Editor
George Justin Producer
Arthur Ornitz Cinematographer
Milton Rogers Score Composer, Songwriter
Shorty Rogers Score Composer
Murray Schisgal Screenwriter
Anthea Sylbert Costumes/Costume Designer
Paul Sylbert Production Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Tiger Makes Out
1. Chapter 1 [9:37]
2. Chapter 2 [10:56]
3. Chapter 3 [7:41]
4. Chapter 4 [10:00]
5. Chapter 5 [10:43]
6. Chapter 6 [13:15]
7. Chapter 7 [8:40]
8. Chapter 8 [12:07]
9. Chapter 9 [11:49]
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Disc #1 -- The Tiger Makes Out
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