Children on Their Birthdays

Children on Their Birthdays

Director: Mark Medoff Cast: Joe Pichler, Sheryl Lee, Christopher McDonald



A boy in the deep South learns the joys and sorrows of first love in this comedy-drama based on the short story by Truman Capote. Billy Bob Murphy (Joe Pichler) is a thirteen-year-old boy growing up in a small Alabama town in 1947. Billy Bob's mother Elinore (Sheryl Lee) lost her husband during World War II, and has been struggling to raise her son on her own. Billy Bob's best friend is Preacher Star (Jesse Plemons); Preacher has a pronounced mischievous streak, which is hardly tempered by the fact his Dad has a drinking problem and his older brothers are teenage thugs in training. When thirteen-year-old Lily Jane Bobbitt (Tania Raymonde) moved into town with her mother, a strange woman who never speaks, both Billy Bob and Preacher are entranced; groomed to act like a "lady" and convinced she's destined for stardom in the movies, Lily Jane isn't like any of the girls in town. But Billy Bob not only has Preacher as a rival for Lily Jane's affections, his best friend's coarse personality makes her wonder if Billy Bob is the sort of young gentleman who is worthy of her company. Lily Jane also earns the enmity of many of her schoolmates when she befriends Sister Rosalba, a girl her age from the town's African-American neighborhood. As Billy Bob struggles with first love, he also has to deal with his mother's budding romance with Speedy, the local auto mechanic (Christopher McDonald. Children On Their Birthdays was the first film directed by Mark Medoff, a noted screenwriter and playwright who received an Oscar nomination for his work on the film Children Of A Lesser God.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/22/2003
UPC: 0012236137993
Original Release: 2002
Rating: PG
Source: Lions Gate
Region Code: 1
Sound: [Dolby Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:45:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Full screen version ; 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio ; 2.0 Dolby Stereo Surround ; Making-of featurette ; Optional English & Spanish subtitles ; Scene index; Digitally mastered ; English closed captioning

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title/Through the Fields [4:39]
2. Girls and Baseball [1:51]
3. The Lady Off the Bus [5:28]
4. Walking and Stalking [6:31]
5. Mr. Speedy's Quite Busy [3:53]
6. Stolen Roses [2:47]
7. Moral Restitution [6:01]
8. A Miracle of Needlework [4:02]
9. An Almost Free Country [2:49]
10. Sisters Now [1:55]
11. The Next Best Thing [3:42]
12. A Business Proposal [4:49]
13. No "Sweetheart" Deal [3:54]
14. The Devil's Whisper [5:19]
15. A Brave and Foolish Thing [3:34]
16. "Talent Show...Here!" [4:24]
17. Heavy Competition [10:14]
18. Love and Flowers [3:20]
19. 10 o'Clock Come and Gone [3:02]
20. Taking Action [5:26]
21. Wrapped and Delivered [3:11]
22. "Thank You, Billy Bob" [4:43]
23. Good-byes and Hellos [4:09]
24. End Credits [5:26]

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Children on Their Birthdays 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a really wonderful film. It captivates your heart the moment it begins. Be sure to have the family together for this one as it is a film for all ages. It is a coming of age film and if you have enjoyed others like 'Stand By Me', you'll love this too.