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Tribute Reviews

Jack Lemmon, re-creating the role he performed onstage, is a smart-mouth Broadway press agent whose life is thrown into turmoil when he learns he has leukemia and will die if he doesn't undergo the necessary treatment. Enter Lemmon's son Robby Benson, who couldn't be more different from his father and who doesn't think much of the way Lemmon lives. Gradually they grow close, and much comedy and many deeply touching moments occur as Benson's earnestness clashes with Lemmon's irresponsibility. Strong performances by Benson and Lemmon are wonderfully supported by Lee Remick as Lemmon's ex-wife, John Marley as his partner, and Colleen Dewhurst as his doctor. Bernard Slade, who wrote SAME TIME, NEXT YEAR and ROMANTIC COMEDY, provides plenty of witty dialogue and leavens the seriousness with some inspired comedic moments.