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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 ...
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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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 »


Pounding of My Heart
Written by Ross Vannelli and J.D. Hinton (as JD Hinton)
Performed by Ross Vannelli
Published by Rockwood Music and Wide Brim Music (BMI)
Produced by Ross Vannelli
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Truman Capote is spinning in his grave
10 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

It is difficult to tell if any member of the production company responsible for this appalling movie, ever read Truman Capote's original short story. The short story had at its center a delightfully willful heroine whose good deeds were only incidental to her self-centeredness. In more skillful hands, this wicked piece of literature could have reached the screen as a spare little piece of Southern Gothic. What the filmmakers chose instead to do was to turn Miss Lily Jane Bobbit into Pollyanna, the classic little do-gooder. It is not as if I am unaware of the eternal conflict between people's images and recollections of the printed word and what Hollywood ends up putting on the screen. Truman Capote himself called "Breakfast at Tiffany's", his most popular screen adaptation, a "mawkish valentine to Audrey Hepburn". (He later recanted that opinion, by the way.) Probably the best example of the expression "the movie captured the spirit of the book" occurred with "To Kill a Mockingbird", a production which recognized that source material needs to be treated with honesty and respect. Disappointments are inevitable, but a good adaptation requires just that -- honesty and respect. This production of "Children on Their Birthdays" not only lacks those qualities, but it also lacks good taste, while at every turn is busy making everything politically correct. My only solace in all this is that this picture will never receive a wide theatrical release, and will only be seen on video. It is too much to hope that this thing would just be shelved.

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