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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

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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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$8,400,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Producer Michael Douglas amended the shooting schedule of The China Syndrome (1979) to allow Jack Lemmon to attend rehearsals for the Broadway stage play of Tribute (1980). Douglas was enormously grateful to Lemmon as he remained ready to start work at very short notice for over a year before production started and in the process cost himself a lot of other work. Lemmon agreed to play his role in that movie as early as 1976 and Douglas returned the favor. See more »

Quotes

Jud Templeton: Tell me something; does it ever bother you that you have nothing that you can point to with any pride?
Scottie Templeton: Well, I'd always rather hoped that it would be you.
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Written by Jack Lemmon & Alan Jay Lerner
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Sentiment in shorthand...only Jack Lemmon could pull this off!
6 November 2009 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Jack Lemmon recreates his Tony-nominated stage role playing a Broadway press agent who has always shied away from adult responsibilities, treating everyone--from doormen to movie stars--like the life of the party. This devil-may-care approach to living has naturally alienated Lemmon's tightly-wound son, a begrudging twenty-year-old who doesn't share his father's sense of humor. Bernard Slade adapted his play for the screen, and he's positively shameless while decorating the narrative with pure-hearted friends and doctors, a gold-plated prostitute (who receives her own tribute from a lifetime of johns at Joe Allen!), an adoring ex-wife, and Kim Cattrall as a frisky young thing who flits from father to son as if she's in the running for the prostitute's job. None of this makes much emotional or logical sense--and little of it amounts to anything substantial by the end--although Lemmon's manic, zinger-filled performance gooses the movie and brings it to a near-boil. As the embittered son, Robby Benson tries hard to bring off a dim role; his occasional success here is miraculous considering Slade never gives him a strong line of dialogue. Lemmon is reunited with his "Days of Wine and Roses" co-star Lee Remick, and they have a built-in rapport that is wonderful to see...however Jack is really the whole picture. Slade has manufactured the proceedings to slant completely in the star's favor, showing off his sass and pathos, and as a one-man vehicle for the talented actor it obviously has some worth. **1/2 from ****


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