Tribute (1980)

“Your father has the enormous gift of taking a hamburger and making everybody around him feel like they’ve been at a banquet.” – Lou Daniels

Number of Times Seen – 1 (3 Dec 2020)

Brief Synopsis – After a playwright finds out that he is dying, he decides to try and reconnect with his estranged son.

My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve been interested in seeing for years and finally got a chance to see what it was all about.

The story is quite powerful and shows the importance of family and friendship in life, both during the good times and the bad.

Jack Lemmon is amazing in the lead role and really is able to make us care so much about his character and everything that he does.

We can really understand by his performance so much about his character and why he acts the way that he does.

He was quite deservingly nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor for his work in this film.

The movie’s supporting cast is also great and Kim Cattrall, Robbie Benson, Lee Remick, Collen Dewhurst and John Marley all help keep things so engaging to watch unfold.

The script is great and the dialogue really stands out because it’s so descriptive and allows each of the characters to really let us know who they are.

There are some really poignant and powerful scenes along the way that help accentuate it.

The movie has a great message which is timeless and helps keep the story more engaging as it moves along.

Bottom Line – Powerful story about the importance of family and friendship. Lemmon is superb in the lead role and allows us to really see what makes this character tick. He was deservingly nominated for an Oscar for Bets Actor for his work in this role. The supporting cast also helps out so much in making things feel even more realistic. The dialogue is exquisitely written and lets the characters all shed their skin in some of the more poignant and powerful scenes along the way.  The message of this film is great and is timeless which helps make things even more engaging to watch unfold. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Jack Lemmon once said of his Scottie Templeton character: “If I had to choose one role as my favorite this has got to be it!”. Moreover, Lemmon once said of “Tribute”‘s story, it’s “the most fascinating mixture of comedy and drama that I’ve found since The Apartment (1960)”. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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2 thoughts on “Tribute (1980)

  1. Pingback: Did They Get it Right? – Best Actor – Oscars 1980 | MovieRob

  2. It’s wonderful that a movie you had wanted to see for so long lived up to your expectations.

    We saw Tribute with Jack Lemmon on stage in Toronto for its pre-Broadway tryout in 1978. Jack was nominated for a Tony for the role of Scottie Templeton and I am so pleased to read that it was a favourite among his many fine roles. Bernard Slade wrote an excellent play.


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