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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elinore Murphy (as Sheryl Lee Diamond)
Speedy Thorne
Lionel Quince
Joe Pichler ...
Billy Bob Murphy
Lily Jane Bobbit
Preacher Star
Mrs. Bobbit
Brazhal Brewer ...
Rosalba Cat
Marilyn Dodds Frank ...
Mrs. Quince
Ritch Brinkley ...
Acey Trump
Lucina Paquet ...
Mrs. Sawyer
Paul Quaintance ...
Pastor Williams
Cora Mae
Cynthia Baker ...
Ada Willingham (as Cynthia Barker)


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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Sometimes extraordinary things happen in the most ordinary places See more »


Comedy | Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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




Release Date:

18 October 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A városi lány  »

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Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


The song "I Have to Dream" that 'Lily Jane Bobbit' (Tania Raymonde) sings at the talent contest appears lipsynched, and is in fact credited as performed by Jennifer Newman Sharpe. During the closing credits, the same song is credited as "Being Performed By Celine Dion". See more »


References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


Up a Tree
Written by Ross Vannelli and J.D. Hinton (as JD Hinton)
Performed by Sidewalk Kings
Published by Rockwood Music and Wide Brim Music (BMI)
Produced by Ross Vannelli
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A lovingly crafted treat for the whole family.
21 January 2003 | by (Glendale, CA) – See all my reviews

This sweet and touching adaptation of Truman Capote's coming-of-age short story takes place in 1947 Alabama. The cinematography, locations, and music skillfully help set the stage for a time when reading books or listening to the radio were a major source of entertainment. World War II veterans were attempting to return to their former lives, war-widows were still dealing with their losses, and Jim Crow was a legal reality. Into this setting steps Lily Jane Bobbit, a 13-year old with ideas of her own as to how the world should work.

The story includes the blush of first love, friendships that see no colors, and actions and words that come from the heart. In this era of movies relying heavily on violence, profanity, car chases, and sex to hold your interest, this movie is a refreshing change of pace. It's a lovingly crafted film that's a treat for the whole family.

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