Jack Lemmon won an Oscar for this dramatic performance, considered by many to be his finest. Lemmon plays Harry Stoner, a man caught in violent collision with his past and present life. He believes there is nothing significant in his life except survival, and that instinct pushes him beyond moral conduct. He'll juggle the books, supply women for clients... and even set fire to his own dress manufacturing factory. Meanwhile, he longs for the days when life not only had values and heroes, but it all seemed simpler - yet satisfying and worth living. But Harry is frightened to break away from the emptiness of his seemingly successful life.