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A Tiger's Tale (1987)

A young man falls for his girlfriend's mother.


Peter Douglas


Peter Douglas, Allen Hannay III (novel)


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Credited cast:
Ann-Margret ... Rose Butts
C. Thomas Howell ... Bubber Drumm
Charles Durning ... Charlie Drumm
Kelly Preston ... Shirley Butts
Ann Wedgeworth ... Claudine
William Zabka ... Randy
Tim Thomerson ... Lonny
Steven Kampmann Steven Kampmann ... Dr. Shorts
Traci Lind ... Penny
Angel Tompkins ... LaVonne
James Noble ... Sinclair
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jim Colegrove Jim Colegrove ... Juke Jumper member
Shannon Collins Shannon Collins ... Girl at Clinic
David Denney David Denney ... Tyronne
Steve Farrell Steve Farrell ... Dr. Frank


Bubber is a high school student. Rose, a nurse is an alcoholic woman, more than twice his age, and the mother of his girlfriend, Shirley. Bubber and Rose begin an affair after he fixes Shirley up with his pal, Ransom. They carry on their affair under the nose of Shirley until everything comes out in the open at a drive-in movie theater. To get even with Bubber and Rose for "behaving badly", Shirley pricks a hole in Rose's diaphragm. Shirley goes on to live with her father and Bubber moves in with Rose along with his pet tiger. The diaphragm incident results in Rose getting pregnant with Bubber's baby. The couple must decide whether to keep the baby and continue their May/December romance or part ways.

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Release Date:

12 February 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bir Kaplanın Öyküsü See more »

Filming Locations:

Waller County, Texas, USA


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Vincent Pictures See more »
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Actor Kirk Douglas has a silent cameo in this film directed by his son, Peter. The elder Douglas can be spotted in the background, wearing a cowboy hat and playing pool, in a sequence that takes place at a small town bar & grille. See more »

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The bottom half of a tiger is seen walking along the opening credit names. See more »

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get ready to wag your tale
31 March 2018 | by tdrishSee all my reviews

I was only 12 years old when this movie was released in theaters. A mere year later, I tried to watch it, and I just couldn't get into it. I thought it was banged up, even at that time, that a kid would dump his girlfriend for his mother. At the time of release, this was the only MILF film at its time. Come to think of it, I think this is the first MILF movie ever made. If there was, I am not aware of it. ( I disregard the mild flirtations of films in the past, as this was the first one to focus fully on the issue.) By the way, if you want to know what a MILF is, have a look at urbandictionary.com, I can't tell you what it is here. 30 years later, I finally brought myself to watch it. Was I impressed? No. Still think it's banged up. Totally! However, for what it is, I have to admit, at the core of this, it does have heart. It at least has that, and its not the worst romance movie ever made. A bit sad at times, in fact, altogether, I think this is a very sad movie, despite it being uplifting from time to time. Comedy I cannot call it, I didn't really laugh at too many scenes. ( The sex scene with the fire ants helms the film. That's wild!) My complaint is with the ending, although I have to admit, I wouldn't know how to end this mess, either. Seriously dated, and the acting is a bit over the top, but I have to hand it to them for being creative with the material. There's not much plot, I mean, when mom is sober, she wants him to find a gal his own age. Temptation lurks around every corner. He wants to reel her in, she wants to push him away. Will they be together forever? I added a star for the film makers knowing not to make this too raunchy...the feel of it, well, its just not that kind of film. As I said, it has heart. Maybe even soul. Oh, who am I kidding, the tiger in the tale? IT HAS SOUL! 6 out of 10 stars. Rock on, 80's!

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