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Tribute (1980)

A shallow Broadway press agent learns he is dying just as his son by his ex-wife arrives for a visit.

Director:

Bob Clark

Writers:

Bernard Slade (play), Bernard Slade (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Lemmon ... Scottie Templeton
Robby Benson ... Jud Templeton
Lee Remick ... Maggie Stratton
Colleen Dewhurst ... Gladys Petrelli
John Marley ... Lou Daniels
Kim Cattrall ... Sally Haines
Gale Garnett ... Hilary
Teri Keane Teri Keane ... Evelyn
Rummy Bishop Rummy Bishop ... Poker Player
John Dee ... Poker Player
Bob Windsor Bob Windsor ... Poker Player
Eileen Lehman Eileen Lehman ... Nurse
Andrew Foot Andrew Foot ... Actor
Trevor Daley Trevor Daley ... Cop
Sid Smith Sid Smith ... Stage Hand
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A shallow Broadway press agent learns he is dying just as his son by his ex-wife arrives for a visit.

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There's more to being a father than just having a son.

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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tributo See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,400,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$9,000,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,000,000
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Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

One of a number of cinema adaptations of Bernard Slade written plays that were filmed during the late 1970s - early 1980s. The others were Romantic Comedy (1983) and Same Time, Next Year (1978). See more »

Quotes

Scottie Templeton: I spent a little time in the hospital, Maggie. It turns out that I'm in less than perfect health.
Maggie Stratton: [quavering] how imperfect?
Scottie Templeton: Well, I'll tell you. When they advise you to get your affairs in order, you tend to think they're posting a closing notice.
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It's All For the Best
Written by Jack Lemmon & Alan Jay Lerner
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Another Stand-Out Jack Lemmon Performance
11 April 2017 | by JLRMovieReviewsSee all my reviews

Jack Lemmon learns he is dying and tries to finally connect with his son (played by Robby Benson), whom he pretty much abandoned when he left his ex-wife, Lee Remick. A man who has no real close relationships, he is loved by many acquaintances because of his outrageousness, his carefree attitude, his one-liners and clownish cut-ups; in short, he is "a crowd-pleaser," as someone in the film calls him. For all his love of life (and women) that comes through to the viewer, this is also one of the most depressing films I have ever seen. I have seen hundreds of films and seen a lot of somber, serious, and/or downbeat movies, and this was painstakingly real in its depiction of loneliness, regret, and in facing death. In fact, that night I dreamed of Jack Lemmon, and I never dream of movie stars. Having said that and also that this film may be flawed, I would watch this again, I think. Jack Lemmon gives another great performance and deservedly received an Oscar nomination for it. There is no real plot save for his trying to connect to Robby, whose character is unusually "old" for a boy his age, and truthfully whose mannerisms reminds me of someone I know. There is an array of supporting characters to lighten up the mood, including Kim Cattrall and an unusual nurse. "Tribute" is a special film about real people who are trying to reach out before it's too late.


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