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Children on Their Birthdays (2002)

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12 year old Lily Bobbit moves to Medda, Ala, and immediately makes an impression on the residents when she and her friends team up to outsmart a con man, the town is changed forever.

Director:

Mark Medoff

Writers:

Truman Capote (short story), Douglas Sloan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sheryl Lee ... Elinore Murphy (as Sheryl Lee Diamond)
Christopher McDonald ... Speedy Thorne
Tom Arnold ... Lionel Quince
Joe Pichler Joe Pichler ... Billy Bob Murphy
Tania Raymonde ... Lily Jane Bobbit
Jesse Plemons ... Preacher Star
Phyllis Frelich ... Mrs. Bobbit
Brazhal Brewer Brazhal Brewer ... Rosalba Cat
Marilyn Dodds Frank Marilyn Dodds Frank ... Mrs. Quince
Ritch Brinkley ... Acey Trump
Lucina Paquet Lucina Paquet ... Mrs. Sawyer
Paul Quaintance Paul Quaintance ... Pastor Williams
Caitlin Collins ... Janice
Emily Clibourn ... Cora Mae
Cynthia Baker Cynthia Baker ... Ada Willingham (as Cynthia Barker)
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Storyline

In the summer of 1947, a mysterious thirteen-year-old girl, accompanied by her mute mother, seemingly appears from nowhere. When two thirteen-year-old boys fall deeply in love with her, they find themselves on a collision course with one another that could not only destroy their friendship, but take the tiny town of Medda, Alabama with them. Written by Anonymous

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These Kids Will Change Their Town Forever See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 October 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A városi lány See more »

Filming Locations:

Aurora, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$54,912
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Color
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Trivia

Although the setting for the film was in the fictional town of Medda, Alabama (1947) the film was actually shot in Aurora, Lemont and Chicago, Illinois. See more »

Connections

References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

I'll Be Seeing You
Written by Irving Kahal and Sammy Fain
Performed by Carmen Twillie
Arranged by Ross Vannelli
Published by Fred Ahlert Music Corp. o/b/o New Irving Kahal Music (ASCAP), Rain Music Co. (ASCAP), and Bienstock Publishing Company (ASCAP) o/b/o Redwood
Music Ltd., and Williamson Music (ASCAP)
Produced by Ross Vannelli
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A beautiful coming of age film!
25 August 2006 | by saved4eternitySee all my reviews

I remember being so disappointed that this film never made it into my local theater after seeing the trailer for it played there more than once. Obviously, the theater management did not think such a sweet film, an innocent film, could capture much of an audience. They were wrong. It captured me wholeheartedly. Not only is the movie cinematically beautiful, with a small town backdrop much like that in My Dog Skip, but the characters seem to have been dropped right out of the 1940's. Yes, some might call it schmaltzy, sugary, even overdone in some respects. Lily Jane's overdone accent I found particularly annoying. But Hollywood has done its best to give us the dark side, the horrific side, the characters filled with malice and malevolence. I find this film so refreshing and well acted as well. Using mostly unknowns makes the film feel even more comfortable. The characters are on an even playing field and each contributes more than his share. Children on Their Birthdays tells a simple story of growing up, mending fences, finding our way in a world which can be a very cynical place. But the children here give us hope that if their innocence can translate into tenderheartedness as adults, maybe we have a shot at a better tomorrow after all.


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