9 user 3 critic

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.


Martha Coolidge


Gary Tieche (teleplay), Nora Roberts (novel)




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


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Drama | Mystery | Romance


TV-PG | See all certifications »

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 »


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 »

User Reviews


If you want to see this Lifetime film, its because you (1) Like Nora Roberts; and/or (2) Read Tribute by Nora Roberts. Don't waste your time or money. Nora Roberts is a superb storyteller, and the novel is fantastic. This adaptation is the worst, hands down, ever. Not only is the acting a joke, but there is no development of the characters. Of course there isn't time to do that in 90 minutes. If you hadn't read the book, you would be clueless as to details: such as what happened to Steve? Why was Mr. Hennessey in prison? Countless other details just, poof, missing and unexplained. I can only imagine Nora Roberts; disappointment; however, she was paid handsomely for the rights to the story, so on to the next. The only redeeming grace was the beautiful property portrayed as Janet's farm. Gorgeous. But it wasn't located in Virginia, as Nora Roberts set it, that's for sure. Virginia doesn't have moss in the trees - so it was obviously somewhere south of there. THIS FILE WAS BEYOND DISAPPOINTING. I wouldn't have given it one star, except there was no option to assign negative numbers. THE WORST, EVER.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 9 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.


Official Sites:

Lifetime TV





Release Date:

11 April 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nora Roberts' Tribute See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed