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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.



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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
... Acey Trump
Lucina Paquet ... Mrs. Sawyer
Paul Quaintance ... Pastor Williams
... Janice
... 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


These Kids Will Change Their Town Forever 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)

Gross USA:

$54,912, 31 December 2002
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Did You Know?


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 »


References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


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A surprisingly good family film
14 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

I rented the DVD because I was simply in the mood to watch a movie, and I'd seen almost everything else new that hadn't already been rented out. So I gave "Children on Their Birthdays" a shot, not expecting too much.

I was surprised to discover that I really enjoyed it. In fact, the day after I had watched it, I found myself thinking about the characters and smiling. So I bought the DVD and have watched it several times since then.

I won't go into a detailed description, because that's already been done. But the characters are endearing. Despite a forced southern accent by Miss Lily Jane Bobbit, she is still the centerpiece of the movie. All the children performed wonderfully.

The movie is a study in contrasts: Honesty vs. dishonesty, rural vs. urban, child vs. adult, etc. Overall, it's a movie deserving of a higher rating than it has received.

I gave it an 8.

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