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Children on Their Birthdays (2002)

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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.

Director:

Mark Medoff

Writers:

Truman Capote (short story), Douglas Sloan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sheryl Lee ... Elinore Murphy (as Sheryl Lee Diamond)
Christopher McDonald ... Speedy Thorne
Tom Arnold ... Lionel Quince
Joe Pichler Joe Pichler ... Billy Bob Murphy
Tania Raymonde ... Lily Jane Bobbit
Jesse Plemons ... Preacher Star
Phyllis Frelich ... Mrs. Bobbit
Brazhal Brewer Brazhal Brewer ... Rosalba Cat
Marilyn Dodds Frank Marilyn Dodds Frank ... Mrs. Quince
Ritch Brinkley ... Acey Trump
Lucina Paquet Lucina Paquet ... Mrs. Sawyer
Paul Quaintance Paul Quaintance ... Pastor Williams
Caitlin Collins ... Janice
Emily Clibourn ... Cora Mae
Cynthia Baker Cynthia Baker ... Ada Willingham (as Cynthia Barker)
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 October 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A városi lány See more »

Filming Locations:

Aurora, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$54,912, 31 December 2002
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Color
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Trivia

Although the setting for the film was in the fictional town of Medda, Alabama (1947) the film was actually shot in Aurora, Lemont and Chicago, Illinois. See more »

Connections

References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

I'll Be Seeing You
Written by Irving Kahal and Sammy Fain
Performed by Carmen Twillie
Arranged by Ross Vannelli
Published by Fred Ahlert Music Corp. o/b/o New Irving Kahal Music (ASCAP), Rain Music Co. (ASCAP), and Bienstock Publishing Company (ASCAP) o/b/o Redwood
Music Ltd., and Williamson Music (ASCAP)
Produced by Ross Vannelli
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Painfully Unfaithful to the Original Short Story
3 April 2006 | by Steven PlaneSee all my reviews

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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