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Children on Their Birthdays -- 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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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Film, TV Producer Paul Pompian Dies at 72
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Film, TV Producer Paul Pompian Dies at 72
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  (in credits order)

Sheryl Lee ... Elinore Murphy (as Sheryl Lee Diamond)

Christopher McDonald ... Speedy Thorne

Tom Arnold ... Lionel Quince
Joe Pichler ... Billy Bob Murphy

Tania Raymonde ... Lily Jane Bobbit

Jesse Plemons ... Preacher Star
Phyllis Frelich ... Mrs. Bobbit
Brazhal Brewer ... Rosalba Cat
Marilyn Dodds Frank ... Mrs. Quince
Ritch Brinkley ... Acey Trump
Lucina Paquet ... Mrs. Sawyer
Paul Quaintance ... Pastor Williams

Caitlin Collins ... Janice

Emily Clibourn ... Cora Mae
Cynthia Baker ... Ada Willingham (as Cynthia Barker)

Weston Mueller ... Butch Star
Phillip Dawkins ... Bubba Star
John Judd ... Jeb
Joe Van Slyke ... Mr. Dixon
Freeman Coffey ... Mr. Cat
Lettie Frances Walton ... Mrs. Cat
Bobby Harrison ... Army Captain

Tom Brainard ... Comedian
Lara Myrene ... Judy Garland Impersonator (as Lara Immerman)
Susan Coolidge ... Cowgirl Singer
Don Groves ... College Quartet
Erin Guinn ... College Quartet

Jessica Medoff ... College Quartet
Leslie Whistler ... College Quartet
Harve Kolzow ... Domino Player
Frank Novak ... Domino Player
Rachel Harrison ... Captain's Sweetheart
Alexander Piccolo ... Malcolm Doralle
Kyran Hicks ... Brother of Rosalba Cat
Khallid Shabazz ... Brother of Rosalba Cat
Evelyn Linford ... Ballet Dancer
Natalie Higgins ... Baton Twirler
Michael Bunchman ... Talent Show Pianist
Debra Marks ... Annoyed Woman In Audience
Barbara Bushman ... Flower Show Judge
Susan Donahue ... Flower Show Judge
John Madden ... Flower Show Judge
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Mark G. Pavuk ... Angry Church Patron
Megan Frances ... Churchgoer / Flower Show Contestant (uncredited)
Lisa Marie Quillinan ... Churchgoer (uncredited)

Directed by
Mark Medoff 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Truman Capote  short story
Douglas Sloan 

Produced by
Howard Baldwin .... executive producer
Karen Elise Baldwin .... executive producer (as Karen Baldwin)
Billy Higgins .... co-producer
William J. Immerman .... producer
Ginger T. Perkins .... producer
Paul Pompian .... executive producer
Ray Simmons .... associate producer
Nick Zuvic .... line producer: second unit
Original Music by
J.D. Hinton 
Ross Vannelli 
Cinematography by
Steven Shaw 
Film Editing by
Sidney Levin 
Production Design by
Gary Baugh 
Art Direction by
Angel Acosta 
Set Decoration by
Lisa Wolff 
Costume Design by
Jay Hurley 
Makeup Department
Lisa Jelic .... makeup artist
Aimee Lippert-Bastian .... assistant makeup artist
Dominic Mango .... key hair stylist
Tony Mirante .... assistant hair stylist
Suzi Ostos .... key makeup artist
Vicki Vacca .... additional makeup artist
Chip Williams .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Billy Higgins .... unit production manager
Barrett Taylor .... post-production supervisor
Mike Vogler .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Thomas Coe .... second second assistant director
Richard S. Lederer .... second assistant director
Eric Mofford .... first assistant director
Ron Rapiel .... first assistant director
Art Department
Anthony Barracca .... lead man
J.D. McCarthy .... set dresser
Robert R. Volpe .... props (as Bob Volpe)
Rob Yale .... assistant property master
Sound Department
Gary Alexander .... supervising sound re-recording mixer
Jake Collins .... sound mixer
Lisa Hannan .... sound editor
Robert L. Harman .... sound effects
Robert L. Harman .... sound re-recording mixer
Allen Hurd .... sound recordist
Rod O'Brien .... supervising sound editor
Dave Rowe .... sound editor
Ken Strain .... boom operator: second unit
Stephen Tibbo .... sound mixer: second unit
Patrick Giraudi .... sound editor (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
James D. Tittle .... digital visual effects coordinator: Pacific Title (uncredited)
Tobiasz Daszkiewicz .... stunt bus driver
James Fierro .... stunts
Rick Le Fevour .... stunt coordinator
Tom Lowell .... stunts
Jeff Marchluk .... stunts
Deborah L. Mazor .... stunts
Natalie M. Meyer .... stunt double
Sean R. Padlo .... stunt double
Brian Peters .... stunts
Daniel Maldonado .... stunt double (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Thomas S. Ciciura .... additional assistant camera
Bob Gomez .... best boy electric
Faires A. Sekiya .... camera operator: "a" camera (as Faires Anderson)
Dean M. Simmon .... first assistant camera: "a" camera, Steadicam
Alan Thatcher .... camera operator
Billy Wauer .... electrician
Casting Department
Jane Alderman .... casting: Chicago
Darlene R. Hunt .... extras casting associate
Mark A. Ridge .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Andrea E. Weaver .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Lee Wimer .... color timer
Music Department
Jay Bolton .... music editor
Susan Coolidge .... composer: additional music
Christopher S. Parker .... music clearance
Transportation Department
Michael R. Cairo .... driver
Other crew
Bob Beltz .... special advisor
Tom Brainard .... production associate
Jennifer Byrne .... assistant production office coordinator
John Chisholm .... studio teacher
Susan Coolidge .... stand-in
James Currie .... production secretary
Jennifer Deigl .... production assistant
Larry Donahue .... caterer
Joseph R. Fitzgerald .... production assistant
Johan Gros .... production accountant
TJ Martin .... stand-in
Pat McCarthy .... production coordinator
Sean R. Padlo .... stand-in
Lisa Marie Quillinan .... office production assistant/runner
Maria C. Roxas .... location manager
Nancy Sandberg .... senior consultant: film production
Heather Sharpe .... production assistant
Peter F. Smith .... craft service
Monica Timmel .... stand-in
Mark Joseph .... marketing (uncredited)

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Rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief language
102 min
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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A beautiful coming of age film!, 25 August 2006
Author: ( from New Orleans, La.

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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