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Little Birds (2011)

R | | Drama | 9 January 2016 (Japan)
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Lily and Alison face a life-changing event after they leave their Salton Sea home and follow the boys they meet back to Los Angeles.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alison Hoffman
Joseph Hoffman
Bob Larkin ...
Mr. Kovacs
Sally Heron
Ray Cawley
Jesse MacNamara
Louis Estes (as Carlos Pena)
David Riley
Shawna Cawley (as Lauren Whitney Pennington)
Female Cashier (as Lydia Blanco)
Marc Rose ...


Lily and Alison face a life-changing event after they leave their Salton Sea home and follow the boys they meet back to Los Angeles.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, some violence including a sexual assault, sexuality/nudity, drug and alcohol use - all involving teens | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 January 2016 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Goodnight Moon  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$4,574 (USA) (31 August 2012)


$16,590 (USA) (14 September 2012)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Ryan Gosling is listed in the credits in gratitude for his cooperation. See more »


[first lines]
Alison: [narrating] My best friend Lily thought she was drowning. Drowning in the Salton Sea. Even though the water was too polluted to set foot in, and left anything in their town either dying, or dead.
Margaret Hobart: Lily? Are you okay? Hello...
Alison: Lily was determined to never let it get her.
[drops down into the bath water and starts screaming]
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Cocinando Suave
Written and Performed by Ray Barretto
Published by Orpheum Music {BMI}
Courtesy of Fantasy Records
Used by permission of Concord Music Group Inc.
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The Hard Cold Truth
4 July 2013 | by See all my reviews

Most movies usually aren't realistic. They might be to a point but lots have a happy ending and everything is okay. Little Birds is not like this at all. It doesn't have the happy bright movie feeling. Little birds is realistic and every single event in it could easily happen. This movie also teaches a great lesson and has its shocking surprises. We learn in this movie sometimes trying new things is good, but going too far can end with terrible results. Little Birds isn't just an independent movie, it's the hard cold truth to life and proves bad things do actually happen. Always trying to impress people isn't going to get you anywhere in life except possibly leading up to terrible consequences.

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