Tribute (2009 film)

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Written by Nora Roberts (novel)
Gary Tieche
Directed by Martha Coolidge
Starring Brittany Murphy
Jason Lewis
Theme music composerMartin Davich
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
ProducerDavid Zelon
CinematographyJohnny E. Jensen
EditorElba Sanchez-Short
Production company Mandalay TV
Original network Lifetime
Original release
  • April 11, 2009 (2009-04-11)

Tribute, also known as Nora Roberts' Tribute, is a 2009 television film directed by Martha Coolidge starring Brittany Murphy and Jason Lewis. [1] The film is based on the 2008 Nora Roberts novel of the same name. It is part of the Nora Roberts 2009 movie collection, which also includes Northern Lights , Midnight Bayou , and High Noon . [2] The movie debuted April 11, 2009 on Lifetime



The movie revolves around former child star Cilla McGowan (Murphy), who has found more satisfying work restoring old houses. In search of a normal life, Cilla buys her grandmother's farmhouse in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, to rescue it from ruin.

Cilla's 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 before. Cilla soon begins a romantic relationship with Ford Sawyer (Lewis), her handsome neighbor, who ultimately comforts and protects her when her dark dreams and family secrets turn into a real-life nightmare.



The film was executive produced by Stephanie Germain and Peter Guber, who also executive produced seven other Roberts films for Lifetime in 2007 and 2009.


The Movie Scene said the film "is sadly not as good as I hoped and suffers because certain elements of the storyline have been too embellished whilst others have been under explored. It is entertaining but almost in that it borders on the cheesily amusing rather than for being a tight and exciting thriller." [3]

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  1. Mavis, Paul. "Nora Roberts' Tribute - Review". DVD Talk. Retrieved 8 October 2020.
  2. 2009 Nora Roberts Movies Archived 2009-06-03[Date mismatch][Timestamp length] at the Wayback Machine Official website of Nora Roberts
  3. "Tribute (2009)". The Movie Scene. Retrieved 8 October 2020.