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Tribute (2009)

A former child star buys her grandmother's house to rescue it from ruin but her hope for serenity is soon eclipsed by haunting dreams of her famous grandmother, who died of a supposed overdose in the house more than 30 years ago.

Director:

Martha Coolidge

Writers:

Gary Tieche (teleplay), Nora Roberts (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brittany Murphy ... Cilla McGowan
Jason Lewis ... Ford Sawyer
Christian Oliver ... Steve Chensky
Diana Scarwid ... Cathy Morrow
Tippi Hedren ... Mrs. Hennessey
Tiffany Morgan ... Janet Hardy (as Tiffany D. Morgan)
Griff Furst ... Brian Morrow
Wallace Merck ... Carl Hennessy
Mark Wilson Mark Wilson ... Det. Alvin Wilson
Elliott Grey ... Tom Morrow
Brandi Gerard ... Shana (as Brandi Coleman)
Earl Maddox Earl Maddox ... Buddy
Jesse Moore Jesse Moore ... Dobby
John Wilmot ... Dr. Rice
Jerry Leggio ... Ice cream parlor owner
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Storyline

Virginia small town local Ford Sawyer, a comics artist, takes an instant liking to his new neighbor, Cilla McGowan, a former child TV starlet who moves from L.A. to renovate her Hollywood celebrity grandmother Janet's rural last residence and start a career after passing the local contractors exam. Grumpy old neighbor Carl Hennessy is suspected of the vandalism on her garden, garage and home, even knocking friendly ex Steve Chensky. Seeking comfort and security, Cilla comes to depend on Ford, who elected her as model for his next hammer-swinging Celtic comic heroin, and they fall in love. Janet's stuff yields intriguing information which proves relevant for the present aggression, with unexpected ramifications. Written by KGF Vissers

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Drama | Mystery | Romance

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Lifetime TV

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nora Roberts' Tribute See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The fact about Brittany Murphy's Irish descent and the nickname she got from her father "Britt" were mentioned in the movie. See more »

Goofs

This movie is supposed to take place in Virginia, but there is Spanish moss on the trees of the estate. There is no Spanish moss in Virginia. This movie was obviously filmed further south. See more »

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Doesn't Live Up To The Book
17 March 2010 | by countrymuzluvrSee all my reviews

I have been a big fan of Nora Roberts for many years. When I hear that some of her books were being turned into movies, I was very happy. I have seen the first four movies that had the same treatment and was expecting the same quality entertainment this time around.

I was very happy with the other three movies in this set. Northern Lights, Midnight Bayou, and High Noon met and sometimes even exceeded my expectations. It was only with Tribute that they fell short. It mostly had to do with the casting of Brittany Murphy in the role of Cilla.

In the book, Cilla is assertive, active, knowledgeable about all aspects of remodeling the house and physically capable of handling any part of the remodel. Ms. Murphy manages to pull off being assertive, active, and knowledgeable but she really misses on the physical aspect. Just watching her swing a sledge hammer makes me cringe. She swings it with little force and looks as if she's going to smash her foot at any moment. I am amazed that she didn't have an accident with the sledge while filming.

All in all it was an okay movie but it's definitely my least favorite of the second four.


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