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The film was entered into competition at the 31st Berlin International Film Festival in 1981 where Jack Lemmon was awarded the prestigious Silver Bear for Best Actor. Lemmon was also nominated for Best Actor Academy Award as well as the Golden Globe equivalent. Moreover, Lemmon won the Canadian Genie Award for Best Performance by a Foreign Actor. See more »
A beautiful film. Mind you it's a simple film, but a beautiful one and it introduces us to some of Jack Lemmon's best work. By this time, Lemmon was a Hollywood legend. He'd been playing young romantic leads and comic goofs, now was time when he truly started challenging himself and his craft. His Oscar nomination, I would imagine came about because of the end of the film. As Scottie Tempelton slowly walks onto the stage, after a battle with sickness and possible death, he looks on into the audience to find his son and it's one of the most touching moments I have ever experienced. When he yells his son's name and he says that wonderful line "Give me a kiss...right here!" And taps his cheek slowly. As the son goes in to kiss his cheek, Scottie quickly turns and it becomes a kiss on the lips. The moment is so lovely that it's hard to put into words the feelings I have. It was a very special moment for me. Lemmon's performance in this film is very special to me.
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