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Children on Their Birthdays (2002)

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.

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Elinore Murphy (as Sheryl Lee Diamond)
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Speedy Thorne
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Lionel Quince
Joe Pichler ...
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Mrs. Bobbit
Brazhal Brewer ...
Rosalba Cat
Marilyn Dodds Frank ...
Mrs. Quince
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Acey Trump
Lucina Paquet ...
Mrs. Sawyer
Paul Quaintance ...
Pastor Williams
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Janice
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Cora Mae
Cynthia Baker ...
Ada Willingham (as Cynthia Barker)
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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 »

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Comedy | Drama | Family

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Rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief language | See all certifications »
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18 October 2002 (USA)  »

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A városi lány  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Children on Their Birthdays won the Platinum Award for Independent Theatrical Feature Films - Family/Children at WorldFest Houston. See more »

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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Heaven Only Knows
Written by Ross Vannelli and J.D. Hinton (as JD Hinton)
Performed by Jordan Bennett
Published by Rockwood Music, Wide Brim Music (BMI)
Produced by Ross Vannelli
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Painfully Unfaithful to the Original Short Story

If you love Capote, and if you love his whimsical, dark, comic short story "Children on Their Birthdays", DO NOT WATCH this unfaithful and insulting adaptation. The writers and producers have turned Mr. C's insightful piece on the role of the artist in society into melodramatic slop touching on a wishy-washy childhood crush and a stale, lukewarm statement on prejudice and race. Gone are the biting satire, insight, clever language, and punch-in-the-gut beginning and ending sentences of the original piece replaced by a made-for-TV generic script and story that bare little if any resemblance to the source material.

Capote when he died asked to be cremated, half his ashes interned on the west coast and half on the east so that he could be throughout eternity be bi-coastal. Though he can't roll in his grave, his ashes are surely undulating in their urns in California and New York after this disgrace bearing the name of one his most wonderful and cherished short stories.


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