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Tribute -- Cilla McGowan begins fixing up a dilapidated farmhouse in the Shenandoah Valley which belonged to her grandmother, movie legend Janet Hardy, until Janet's tragic suicide at age 39. As she works, Cilla falls for her handsome neighbor, comic book artist Ford Sawyer, and he for her - but someone isn't happy that Cilla has moved in: her property keeps getting vandalized.


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Writers (WGA):
Gary Tieche (teleplay)
Nora Roberts (novel)
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Release Date:
11 April 2009 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Brittany Murphy ... Cilla McGowan

Jason Lewis ... Ford Sawyer

Christian Oliver ... Steve Chensky

Diana Scarwid ... Cathy Morrow

Tippi Hedren ... Mrs. Hennessey

Tiffany Morgan ... Janet (as Tiffany D. Morgan)

Griff Furst ... Brian Morrow

Wallace Merck ... Carl Hennessy
Mark Wilson ... Det. Alvin Wilson
Elliott Grey ... Tom Morrow
Brandi Gerard ... Shana (as Brandi Coleman)
Earl Maddox ... Buddy

Jesse Moore ... Dobby
John Wilmot ... Dr. Rice

Jerry Leggio ... Ice cream parlor owner
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Logan Douglas Smith ... Government Test Proctor

Blake Nelson Boyd ... 1970's Party Piano Player (uncredited)

Scheryl W Brown ... 70s Party Guest (uncredited)

Edward R. Cox ... 70's Party Guest (uncredited)

Geraldine Glenn ... Customer at Ice Cream Parlor / Pedestrian (uncredited)
Elton LeBlanc ... County Sheriff (uncredited)

Hunter McGregor ... Construction Worker (uncredited)

Jay Oliver ... Rest Home Resident (uncredited)
C. Stuart Rome ... CSI Agent (uncredited)
Katherine Rose ... 70's Party Guest (uncredited)
Chaz Smith ... 70's Party Guest (uncredited)

Lisa Mackel Smith ... Janet's Guest (uncredited)
Terry Lee Smith ... Deputy Sheriff (uncredited)

Cherie Thibodeaux ... Party Girl (uncredited)
Elizabeth Tranchant ... Young Cathy (uncredited)
Daniel Vincent ... Pedestrian (uncredited)

Directed by
Martha Coolidge 
Writing credits
Gary Tieche (teleplay)

Nora Roberts (novel)

Produced by
Stephanie Germain .... executive producer
Peter Guber .... executive producer
Michelle Hastings .... associate producer
Peter E. Strauss .... executive producer
David Zelon .... producer
Original Music by
Martin Davich 
Cinematography by
Johnny E. Jensen 
Film Editing by
Elba Sanchez-Short 
Casting by
Susan Glicksman 
Production Design by
Jaymes Hinkle 
Art Direction by
Raymond Pumilia 
Set Decoration by
Cynthia Anne Slagter 
Costume Design by
Claire Breaux 
Makeup Department
Dana Boisseau .... dept. head hair stylist
Darryl Lucas .... key makeup artist
Kim Perrodin .... makeup department head
Kent Richard .... hair stylist
Production Management
Gary Huckabay .... production supervisor
Boris Malden .... production manager
Felix Schröder .... post-production manager
David Townsend .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jason Altieri .... second second assistant director
George Bott .... second assistant director
Dennis Maguire .... first assistant director
Art Department
A. Russell Amdal .... prop maker
Michael Arena .... set dresser
Scott C. Bivona .... greensmen
Edward J. Borasch Jr. .... property master
Derick Broderman .... propmaker
Kenneth Brown .... construction buyer
Daniel Coe .... construction coordinator
Iggie Colomer .... set dresser
Gus Coto .... leadman
Byron Denson .... set utility
Ryan Martin Dwyer .... additional on-set dresser
Jaime Fernandez .... lead on-set dresser
Gregory T. Geniusz .... set dresser
Christian Gossett .... graphic art
Chad Harris .... set dresser
Claire Hassig .... painter
Lawrence Heap .... set dresser
Sara L. Holman .... art department coordinator
Edward Joyner .... art department assistant
Pat A. O'Connor .... set dresser
Pavel Pesta .... paint foreman
Virle S. Reid .... props buyer
Noel Rideout .... set dresser: additional crew
George Sanchez .... painter
Marcus Turchi .... carpenter
Jason Wilson .... general foreman
Keith Wall .... first assistant property (uncredited)
Sound Department
Tim Chilton .... foley artist
Bob Costanza .... sound effects editor
Romain Drouillon .... french dubbing mixer
Brian Harman .... sound re-recording mixer
Devon Heffley Curry .... adr supervisor
Steven Huerstel .... boom operator
Dan Izen .... sound mixer
Michael D. Kennedy .... sound utility
Sherry Klein .... sound re-recording mixer
Kevin Meltcher .... assistant sound editor
David Torres .... foley mixer
John St. Denis .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Danny Cosmo .... assistant stunt coordinator
Jeff Galpin .... stunt coordinator
Elton LeBlanc .... precision driver
Haley Nott .... stunt double: Brittany Murphy
Jennifer Torriero .... stunt double: Brittany Murphy
Daniel Vincent .... precision driver
Camera and Electrical Department
Tarik Naim Alherimi .... best boy electric
Skip Bolen .... still photographer
Nathan Borck .... digital imaging technician
Ferdinand Duplantier Jr. .... rigging gaffer
Brad Garris .... electrician
Penelope Helmer .... second assistant camera
Jerry M. Jacob .... camera operator
Daniel H. Jacobs .... electrician
Richard Landry .... electrician
Paul Olinde .... gaffer
Jonathan E. Robinson .... b cam second assistant camera
Rick Secosky .... grip
Michael Trejo .... grip
Robb W. Turner .... electrician
Joe Waistell .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Jeremy Webre .... grip
Casting Department
Robin Batherson .... extras casting director
Robin Batherson .... extras casting
Mark Fincannon .... location casting
Jason Landry .... extras casting
Matthew Paul Spriggs .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Megan Coates .... set costumer
Patricia Gorman .... set costumer
Ann Walters .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Alexandra Leviloff .... first assistant editor: avid
Richard Lowe .... post-production assistant
Music Department
Chuck Choi .... music score mixer
Michael Mason .... music editor
Michael Mason .... score producer
Transportation Department
Richard Brown .... picture car coordinator
Donald Burdett .... driver
Dale Combs .... driver: honeywagon
Danielle Fischer .... dispatcher (as Danielle Trejo)
Rene Horstmann .... driver
Albert Samson .... transportation captain
Other crew
Gregory Cassin .... production assistant
Crystal Dallas .... key craft service
John R.C. Davis .... assistant production coordinator
Robert M. Donaldson .... location assistant
Mary Frances Eglin .... script supervisor
Teri Fischer .... production accountant
Charlie French .... locations
Rankin Hickman .... production coordinator
George Lakes .... production controller
Jerica Lieberman .... assistant to director
Amanda Mason .... assistant to executive
Kevin Meier .... office production assistant
Merlind Mueller .... pre-sales manager
Matthias Nitschke .... business affairs
Kara Parker .... production assistant
Rachel Perez .... set production assistant
Sharlene Ruffino .... assistant: producer
Valerie Ryan .... location scout
Megan Staab .... production assistant
John M. White .... production assistant
Amber Dawn Landrum .... stand-in (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Nora Roberts' Tribute" - USA (complete title)
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90 min | Netherlands:88 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The fact about Brittany Murphy's Irish descent and the nickname she got from her father "Britt" were mentioned in the movie.See more »
Continuity: At the end of the movie, when Cilla is left at Ford's while he goes to play poker her hair is in a straight high ponytail and quite a bit shorter than it has been through the movie. Then when Janet comes over, as they are walking back to Cilla's you notice her hair is in a lower pony, and back to it's long, curly length.See more »


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11 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Your kin has brought us nothing but sorrow and misery!, 12 April 2009
Author: sol from Brooklyn NY USA

***SPOILERS*** Going back to her roots in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley former child movie star Cilla McGowan, Brittany Murphy, is determined to restore her grandmother's,the legendary Academy Award winning actress and singer, Janet Hardy (Tiffany Morgan) southern mansion. The place over the last thirty five years has gone to pot since Janet's tragic death-at age 38-back in the winter of 1971 from a massive overdose of barbiturates.

It doesn't take long for Cilla to make enemies in town with the angry and a bit unstable-to say the least- Old Man Carl Hennessey, Wallace Merck, suspiciously snooping around her house. Hennessey later shows how very very unneighborly like he is by him spitting in Cilla's face when she confronted him about his very strange and bizarre actions. It turned out that Cilla's Uncle Johnnie was responsible-by driving drunk-in Carl's son-who was a passenger in Johnnie's car- ending up paralyzed from the neck down!

There's also the fact that Janet was also having an affair with one of her neighbors that by Cilla uncovering his love letters, all unsigned, to her strongly hinted that she got pregnant by him! This may well have lead, in Janet's lover trying to save his marriage, to her murder not suicide as reported by the, back then in 1971, local coroner!

Getting romantically involved with her next door-or next farm- neighbor Ford Sawyer, Jason Lewis, a local graphic designer Cilla soon becomes the target of some local lunatic who, like some half dozen others in town, has it in for her for what Cilla's family-or late Grandma Janet Hardy-actions did to him. It's this shadowy psycho who's constantly breaking into Cilla's now restored mansion,and wrecking the joint, while she's away mostly spending her nights at Ford's place. It soon becomes evident to the police that Old Man Hennessey isn't the person that's committing these property crimes and acts of terror since he's been locked up all the time that they've been happening to Cilla. Then who's the person committing them?

As we all suspect, due to her very wild and anything goes lifestyle, the person driving poor Cilla's nuts has to be the man, or possibly his very jealous wife, whom Janet had an affair with just before her sudden and mysterious death! It's then that Cilla as well as her boyfriend Ford Sawyer realizes that it was that person who very possibly murdered Janet, and had it made to look like a suicide, and now in her getting close to the truth is going to do the very same thing to Cilla!

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