Tribute (1980 film)

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Tribute FilmPoster.jpeg
Film poster
Directed by Bob Clark
Produced by Garth H. Drabinsky
Written by Bernard Slade
Starring Jack Lemmon
Music by Kenneth Wannberg
Cinematography Reginald H. Morris
Edited by Richard Halsey
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date
14 December 1980
Running time
121 minutes
Country Canada
Language English
Budget $8 million[1]
Box office $4 million (US/ Canada)[2]

Tribute is a 1980 Canadian comedy film directed by Bob Clark and based on the play of the same name by Bernard Slade. Both the stage and cinema versions starred Jack Lemmon.


Scottie Templeton is a show-business veteran, based in New York and well known in the theatrical community there. He has many acquaintances, but is divorced from his wife and estranged from his only son.

Scottie learns that he has leukemia and is dying. His ex-wife Maggie, in town for a school reunion, comes to visit and reflect on their time together. Scottie makes an effort to reconnect with his son, Jud, who still has anger issues. A young actress Scottie once dated, Sally Haines, strikes Scottie as someone who might be a good romantic match for his son. As a testimonial dinner is organized in Scottie's honor, he attempts to repair some of his past relationships in the time he has left.



It was entered into the 31st Berlin International Film Festival where Jack Lemmon won the Silver Bear for Best Actor.[3] Lemmon was also nominated for a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for his performance. He won the Canadian Genie Award for Best Performance by a Foreign Actor.


  1. ^ Aubrey Solomon, Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History, Scarecrow Press, 1989 p259
  2. ^ Solomon p 235. Figures are rentals not total gross.
  3. ^ "Berlinale 1981: Prize Winners". Retrieved 2010-08-31. 

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