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The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio
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The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio 2005

The true story of a woman who defied the odds to keep a roof over her family's heads. "The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio," is based on the book of the same name about Evelyn Ryan, a devoted mother and housewife who used her self-described "knack for words" to keep her struggling family afloat. In the 1950s and '60s, housewives across the country used their wits to win thousands of dollars in cash and prizes in jingle contests staged by corporations to promote their products. But of all the "jingle-belles" vying for supremacy, none out-rhymed Evelyn Ryan, whose creative resources usually corresponded directly to her family's needs -- and with ten kids and an alcoholic husband, those needs were numerous and unending. (read more)

Release Date:September 28th, 2005
Running Time:1 minutes
Directed By:
No image existsJane Anderson
Written By:
No image existsJane Anderson
Julianne MooreJulianne Moore
Woody HarrelsonWoody Harrelson
Laura DernLaura Dern
No image existsFrank Chiesurin
No image existsEllary Porterfield
No image existsEllary Porterfield

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The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio Movie Review by Movie Addict (5/10/2007)

There are many movie moms out there that deserve to be Mom of the Year.

Mrs. Day, from Life With Father (1947); Mrs. Miniver, from Mrs. Miniver (1942); Mrs. Henderson, from Mother (1996); Mrs. Iselin, from The Manchurian Candidate (1962); Ma, from The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

or, you could go with the less obvious...

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The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio Movie Review by Zara (1/28/2007)

Man, I could have never survived in the 50's. There is no way that I would have been able to deal with the fact that I'd need to get married, raise a family, run the risk of having 10 or more kids and have to stay with a husband who was an erratic alcoholic.

What I like about this movie most is the performance by Moore....

(complete The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio review by Zara)

The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio Movie Review by Laural (6/9/2006)

I absolutely loved this movie. I thought that it was an inspiring film. Julianne Morre plays a woman (based on a true story) who at the best possible moment wins competitions that keep her and her 12 kids in their home. Her husband, played by Woody Harelson, is this pain in the ass man who feels belittled because his...

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The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio Movie Review by Tony (3/31/2006)

I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the 99 minutes in "The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio". This is a neat little gem which not many people have heard about or even seen, but is is worth exploring. It is a crime that film did not even make million dollars. It is underrepresented, under-promoted, and a joy to take pleasure...

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