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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.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »
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Lou Daniels
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Evelyn
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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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19 December 1980 (USA)  »

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$8,400,000 (estimated)
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An accomplished, self-taught pianist, Jack Lemmon wrote the theme for the movie Tribute (1980). See more »

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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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Sentiment in shorthand...only Jack Lemmon could pull this off!
6 November 2009 | by (las vegas, nv) – See 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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