"Tiger Eyes," the bestselling novel by Judy Blume that captures a young girl's grief after her father is killed in a hold-up and her mother transports the family to a new state, became the first of Blume's books to be turned into a motion picture this past June—and can down be accessed via instant video.
The movie version of "Tiger Eyes" was directed by Blume's son, Lawrence Blume—and it's a story that is personal to both the author and her son. The story is based in Los Alamos, New Mexico, where Blume and her two children—Lawrence and Randy—moved after she remarried, far from the life they knew in New Jersey. It was a tumultuous time for the family, and the marriage didn't last.
"The story itself is close to me," Blume said in an interview this past June with the Chicago Tribune, "and it's close to [Lawerence], too. It's close to us for different reasons. The New Mexico setting is an important part of the story. We lived there. We knew it."
"Tiger Eyes" is an emotionally driven film that features outstanding performances by Willie Holland, who plays the lead character Davey, and Tatanka Means, who plays Martin, a Native American known as Wolf, who calls Davey "Tiger." Over time, Wolf makes Davey feel alive again, even as he deals with his own pain (his father, portrayed in the film by Means' real father, is dying of cancer).
"Tiger Eyes" is available to rent ($3.99) or to purchase ($9.99) through Amazon.