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The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (2005)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama | 1 June 2007 (Spain)
In order to support her ten children, Evelyn Ryan (Moore) enters a commercial jingle-writing contest. Based on a true story.

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Dortha Schaefer
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Ray the Milkman
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Lea Anne Ryan at 17 yrs
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Dick Ryan at 16 yrs
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Bub Ryan at 15 yrs
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Barb Ryan at 4 yrs
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Betsy Ryan at 2 yrs
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Kelly and Evelyn Ryan live in Defiance, Ohio with their 10 children. At first glance their life seems idyllic; they call each other "Mother" and "Father" and seem to dote on the kids. But Kelly was a garage-band crooner whose voice was ruined in an auto accident. He's resigned to a dead-end factory job that barely pays the bills, and is given to fits of alcohol-induced rage. Evelyn, a stay-at-home wife and mother, deals with this abuse by appealing to her priest, who is no help at all. She deals with their poverty by entering the jingle contests that were the rage in the 50's and early 60's, even sending in multiple entries in the names of the children. She is very clever at it, winning more than her share of prizes, but her successes aren't enough to keep the wolf from the door. Further, they trigger Kelly's insecurities and he retreats deeper into the bottle, using food and mortgage money to support the habit. Can the loving, optimistic Evelyn hold the family together? Is she ... Written by Joe Jurca

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The true story of how a mother raised ten kids on twenty-five words or less.

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Biography | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, some disturbing images and language | See all certifications »

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La ganadora  »

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Opening Weekend:

$159,056 (USA) (30 September 2005)

Gross:

$626,310 (USA) (18 November 2005)
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Laura Dern was pregnant during filming. See more »

Goofs

They got it right for him to drink Diehl Beer, but the brewery closed in 1954 and he was still drinking it in 1963. See more »

Quotes

Evelyn Ryan: [singing] My frisk the Frigidaire, clean the cupboard bare sandwich.
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Before the ending credits roll, updates are given of all the children and of Ms. Schaefer along with their real life photos. See more »

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Features Queen for a Day (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

The World Waiting for the Sunrise
(1919)
Music by Ernest Seitz
Lyrics by Gene Lockhart (as Eugene Lockhart)
Performed by Les Paul and Mary Ford
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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It IS a Prize Winner!
3 December 2005 | by (Kansas City, Missouri USA) – See all my reviews

This is one of those films lost in the "tracking" gutter of film marketing. In other words, it was not registering with the public so it got a very small release, and a very small audience. This is a shame because it is a "thinking person's Cheaper by the Dozen". It is a very fine movie that leaves you teared up at the end without a contrived plot. It is a true story with real people and they have real faults-yet they bring out the great and wonderful joys of life found by a woman in what most would consider a terrible circumstance.

If you see one film on sheer recommendation this year, this is the film to see. I own a movie theatre in Kansas City and I am playing the film. We had 7 for the matinée that I sat in on one Saturday afternoon-I emailed my customers on Monday and implored them to see this wonderful film. The next Saturday I had 116 for the matinée! It goes on and on and I hope that it will be one of those undiscovered gems for many people this year.


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