A Tiger's Tale (1988)

R | 97 mins | Drama, Romance | 12 February 1988

Director:

Peter Douglas

Writer:

Peter Douglas

Producer:

Peter Douglas

Cinematographer:

Tony Pierce-Roberts

Editor:

David Campling

Production Designer:

Shay Austin

Production Company:

Vincent Pictures
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HISTORY

According to production notes in AMPAS library files, Peter Douglas, son of actor Kirk Douglas, completed a first draft screenplay in four to five weeks before sending it to production companies under a pseudonym. While there was interest, Douglas received no offers for the project. After producing the 1985 film, Fletch (see entry), Douglas “arranged financing” for A Tiger’s Tale that included money he invested himself and also signed on to make his directorial debut. Items in the 2 Sep 1986 HR and 4 Nov 1986 DV reported the picture’s budget as $7 million.
       The 14 Oct 1986 HR production chart noted that principal photography began on 27 Sep 1986 in Houston, TX. Production notes state that filming also took place in Waller, TX. Suzanne Shield-Polk was listed on the HR production chart as set decorator, while Luigi Phonica was included as a member of the film’s sound crew. Neither Shield-Polk not Phonica are credited onscreen.
       The 26 Aug 1987 Var review stated that the picture was shown on 22 Aug 1987 at the World Film Fest in Montreal, Canada. Although the 11 Jan 1987 LAT reported that the U.S. release was scheduled sometime between mid-May and Sep 1987, the picture was released the following year on 12 Feb 1988, as noted in the NYT review published the same day.
       End credits state: “The Animal Action in this Film was Supervised by The American Humane Association," and, “Special Thanks To Sydney ... More Less

According to production notes in AMPAS library files, Peter Douglas, son of actor Kirk Douglas, completed a first draft screenplay in four to five weeks before sending it to production companies under a pseudonym. While there was interest, Douglas received no offers for the project. After producing the 1985 film, Fletch (see entry), Douglas “arranged financing” for A Tiger’s Tale that included money he invested himself and also signed on to make his directorial debut. Items in the 2 Sep 1986 HR and 4 Nov 1986 DV reported the picture’s budget as $7 million.
       The 14 Oct 1986 HR production chart noted that principal photography began on 27 Sep 1986 in Houston, TX. Production notes state that filming also took place in Waller, TX. Suzanne Shield-Polk was listed on the HR production chart as set decorator, while Luigi Phonica was included as a member of the film’s sound crew. Neither Shield-Polk not Phonica are credited onscreen.
       The 26 Aug 1987 Var review stated that the picture was shown on 22 Aug 1987 at the World Film Fest in Montreal, Canada. Although the 11 Jan 1987 LAT reported that the U.S. release was scheduled sometime between mid-May and Sep 1987, the picture was released the following year on 12 Feb 1988, as noted in the NYT review published the same day.
       End credits state: “The Animal Action in this Film was Supervised by The American Humane Association," and, “Special Thanks To Sydney Pollack.” More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
4 Nov 1986
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Sep 1986
p. 1, 8.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Oct 1986.
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Hollywood Reporter
12 Feb 1988
p. 3, 14.
Los Angeles Times
11 Jan 1987
Calendar, p. 16.
Los Angeles Times
12 Feb 1988
Calendar, p. 16.
New York Times
12 Feb 1988
Section C, p. 9.
Variety
26 Aug 1987
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Vincent Pictures presents
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
2d cam op
2d cam op
Best boy
Key grip
Best boy
Dolly grip
Still photog
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dept coord
Prod illustrator
Prod illustrator
FILM EDITORS
Apprentice ed
SET DECORATORS
Leadman
Set dresser
Scenic artist
Const coord
Prop master
Asst prop master
COSTUMES
Cost des
Asst cost des
MUSIC
Mus consultant
Mus ed
Mus score arr
Mus score arr
Mus coord
Scoring mixer
SOUND
Prod sd mixer
Boom man
Cable man
Supv sd ed
Sd ed
Re-rec services by
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Title des
Titles and opticals by
DANCE
Choreog
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Hairstylist
Hair des
Ann-Margret's hair and makeup by
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Head animal trainer
Animal trainer
Animal trainer
Prod coord
Prod secy
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Loc mgr
Scr supv
Unit pub
Secy to Mr. Douglas
Casting asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod auditor
Asst prod auditor
Post-prod coord
Animals supplied by
Air transportation courtesy of
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunt coord
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col, titles, and opticals by
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the book Love and Other Natural Disasters by Allen Hannay (Boston, 1982).
AUTHOR
SONGS
“I Can Hear What You’re Thinkin’,” performed by Tim Goodman, lyrics by Mark Mueller, music by Lee Holdridge, ©1987 Tiger’s Tale, Ltd.
“Consuélo,” performed by The Juke Jumpers, written by Jim Milan, ©1987 Tiger’s Tale, Ltd.
“Ubangi Stomp,” performed by The Juke Jumpers, written by Charles Underwood
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SONGS
“I Can Hear What You’re Thinkin’,” performed by Tim Goodman, lyrics by Mark Mueller, music by Lee Holdridge, ©1987 Tiger’s Tale, Ltd.
“Consuélo,” performed by The Juke Jumpers, written by Jim Milan, ©1987 Tiger’s Tale, Ltd.
“Ubangi Stomp,” performed by The Juke Jumpers, written by Charles Underwood
“Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White,” performed by The Juke Jumpers, written by Jacques LaRue, Mack David and Louiguy
“Mathilda,” performed by The Juke Jumpers, written by George Khoury and Huey Thiery
“Lone Star Saturday Night,” performed by The Juke Jumpers, written by Jim Colegrove, ©1987 Tiger’s Tale, Ltd.
“Last Dance,” performed by The Juke Jumpers, written by Jim Milan, ©1987 Tiger’s Tale, Ltd.
“Slip Away,” performed by John Townsend, written by John Townsend and Steven Stewart
“Austin,” performed by The Textones, written by Carla Olson, ©1987 [ill.]
“Love Has A Mind Of Its Own,” performed by Tim Goodman and Gloria Loring, lyrics by Mark Mueller, music by Lee Holdridge, ©1987 Tiger’s Tale, Ltd.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
12 February 1988
Premiere Information:
Screening at the World Film Fest in Montreal, Canada: 22 August 1987
Los Angeles and New York openings: 12 February 1988
Production Date:
began 27 September 1986
Copyright Claimant:
Tiger's Tales, Ltd.
Copyright Date:
21 January 1988
Copyright Number:
PA0000366027
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Duration(in mins):
97
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

In Texas, nineteen-year-old “Bubber” Drumm drives his girl friend Shirley Butts home from a date. While sitting in Bubber’s car, Shirley announces she wants to break up. Just then, they are interrupted by Shirley’s mother, Rose. Once Shirley goes inside, Rose notices roadkill in Bubber’s backseat. He explains the animal carcasses are for Valentino, a two-year-old tiger he cares for. Before he leaves, Bubber invites Rose to see him wrestle Valentino in his cage. The following day, Bubber plays with Valentino, but the tiger gets aggressive and attacks. Charlie Drumm, Bubber’s father and a retired veterinarian, gets Bubber out of the cage, but Valentino claws his leg. After getting stiches at the hospital, Bubber sees Rose in her nurse’s uniform. Hiding his injury, Bubber asks Rose to the upcoming town dance. However, she declines and tells him to date women his own age. While Shirley goes out with Bubber’s friend, Ransom “Randy” McKnight, Bubber goes to visit Rose. As they chat, Shirley storms in with Randy. Disgusted that her ex-boyfriend is with her mother, Shirley yells that she hates Rose, and wants to move in with her father, Ronny. As Rose apologizes for Shirley’s behavior, Bubber kisses her. Rose pulls away, not wanting to get involved with a younger man. Later, Bubber arrives at the town dance and hears from Shirley that Rose is coming with a doctor from the hospital. Upon her arrival, Bubber asks Rose to dance. Shirley sees them and complains to her date, Tyronne. After their dance, Rose reiterates that Bubber needs to date someone younger than ... +


In Texas, nineteen-year-old “Bubber” Drumm drives his girl friend Shirley Butts home from a date. While sitting in Bubber’s car, Shirley announces she wants to break up. Just then, they are interrupted by Shirley’s mother, Rose. Once Shirley goes inside, Rose notices roadkill in Bubber’s backseat. He explains the animal carcasses are for Valentino, a two-year-old tiger he cares for. Before he leaves, Bubber invites Rose to see him wrestle Valentino in his cage. The following day, Bubber plays with Valentino, but the tiger gets aggressive and attacks. Charlie Drumm, Bubber’s father and a retired veterinarian, gets Bubber out of the cage, but Valentino claws his leg. After getting stiches at the hospital, Bubber sees Rose in her nurse’s uniform. Hiding his injury, Bubber asks Rose to the upcoming town dance. However, she declines and tells him to date women his own age. While Shirley goes out with Bubber’s friend, Ransom “Randy” McKnight, Bubber goes to visit Rose. As they chat, Shirley storms in with Randy. Disgusted that her ex-boyfriend is with her mother, Shirley yells that she hates Rose, and wants to move in with her father, Ronny. As Rose apologizes for Shirley’s behavior, Bubber kisses her. Rose pulls away, not wanting to get involved with a younger man. Later, Bubber arrives at the town dance and hears from Shirley that Rose is coming with a doctor from the hospital. Upon her arrival, Bubber asks Rose to dance. Shirley sees them and complains to her date, Tyronne. After their dance, Rose reiterates that Bubber needs to date someone younger than her. Rejected, Bubber and Randy get drunk in the parking lot. Tyronne approaches and teases Bubber about dating Shirley’s mother. Bubber throws a punch, but Tyronne and his friends overpower him. Randy gets police to break up the fight as Bubber hides under a truck. Rose finds Bubber and drives him home. As she tends to his injuries, Bubber kisses her, and they make love. For two months, Bubber and Rose keep their relationship a secret. In the evening, they go jogging with Valentino on a leash. Arriving at a ridge overlooking the town drive-in, Bubber asks Rose if he can move in with her while Shirley stays with her father over the summer. Rose is hesitant, but Bubber reminds her that he will be starting veterinary school in the fall. Lying on the ground, Bubber and Rose find ants crawling over them. Valentino is startled by their screams and runs off. As Bubber and Rose chase the tiger, Shirley, out on a date with Randy at the drive-in movie, sees them. In the morning, Shirley telephones her father and asks to begin her stay a week early. Afterward, Shirley punctures a hole in her mother’s diaphragm, wanting revenge on her mother and Bubber. When Shirley leaves, Bubber arrives at Rose’s with Valentino. Learning that his father kicked him out, Rose agrees to let Bubber live with her over the summer. Later, Randy tells Bubber that he received a letter from Shirley about tampering with Rose’s diaphragm. Worried, Bubber asks Rose if she wants to have a baby, but Rose does not want another child. At the end of summer, Bubber and Valentino return to Charlie’s house. Seeing Valentino acting restless, Charlie suggests selling the tiger to Safari-Land animal park, but Bubber wants more time with the animal. Meanwhile, Shirley confesses about the diaphragm, and Rose discovers she is pregnant. Accompanied by Bubber, Rose goes to the family planning center to have an abortion. However, she decides to keep their baby. During Rose’s pregnancy, Bubber and Shirley call a truce and care for Rose together. At Christmas, Charlie Drumm invites Rose and Shirley to join their family for dinner. Before they eat, a dog wanders toward Valentino’s cage and is killed. Charlie insists that Valentino is a wild animal that needs to be free. Bubber and Rose drive with Valentino to Safari-Land. As Valentino wanders his new surroundings, Rose announces she is moving to San Diego, California. Bubber offers to join her, but she tells him to go to college. As Rose drives on her way to California, Bubber holds a sign saying: “Last Chance.” Although she drives past, Rose sees more signs along the road with Bubber’s message. Stopping the car, she gets out as Bubber runs into her arms and kisses her. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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