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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Scottie Templeton
... Jud Templeton
... Maggie Stratton
... Gladys Petrelli
... Lou Daniels
... Sally Haines
... Hilary
Teri Keane ... Evelyn
Rummy Bishop ... Poker Player
... Poker Player
Bob Windsor ... Poker Player
Eileen Lehman ... Nurse
Andrew Foot ... Actor
Trevor Daley ... Cop
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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19 December 1980 (USA)  »

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Tributo  »

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$8,400,000 (estimated)
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Prior to the film's source play opening on Broadway, playwright Bernard Slade and producer Morton Gottlieb sold the film rights to the Paramount Pictures studio for more than US $1 million. On the play's big opening night party at Tavern on the Green, Gottlieb gave payment in full checks to investors without even having to rely on monies from the film sale. 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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A "Tribute" to Phony Emotions, Bad Acting, and a Rotten Script
12 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

"Tribute" stunk to high hell. Jack Lemmon is capable of brilliant work but he can be lousy when he goes too far over the top with slapstick humor (loved that chicken suit, Jack) and I defy anyone who doesn't need serious help to watch the last scene without groaning audibly and reaching for a barf bag. This continually annoying and exasperating ode to putrid schmaltz contained all the phony, forced emotions that the likes of Aaron Spelling made famous with such horrible TV shows as "Loveboat." In addition, the actor who played Lemmon's son was such a vile little creep that we actually hoped someone would run him over, yet we were supposed to care that his dad never gave him enough personal attention. By the way, was the girl who gave this jerk a tumble just a tad too sugary and sunny for words and are we seriously supposed to believe that she would stick around for dose after dose of his whiny nonsense? How's about the whore with a heart of gold? Do you know of any prostitutes who get thrown surprise parties hosted by all their satisfied johns? How frigging ridiculous. And was that woman doctor a total pain, or what? At the conclusion, when Lemmon smooched his "son" full on the mouth and then dropped his pants, the reaction shots (especially hers) were just plain sick. This one was a real stinkeroo, a 'tribute' to phony emotions, bad acting, and a rotten script. Don't bother unless you need an emetic.


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