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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 enters a commercial jingle-writing contest.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Dortha Schaefer
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Ray the Milkman
Monté Gagné ...
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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Jake Scott ...
Jordan Todosey ...
Ryan Price ...
Shae Norris ...
Barb Ryan at 4 yrs
Abigail Falle ...
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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Also Known As:

La ganadora  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$626,310 (USA) (18 November 2005)
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Trivia

The contest ads seen under the opening credits were taken from Evelyn Ryan's drawer. They were given to the filmmakers by her daughter Betty. See more »

Goofs

Evelyn finally meets up with fellow contestants sometime in summer of 1963, where Dortha gives her entry form for a Dr Pepper contest. But closeup of entry form shows space for entrants to write their ZIP code, a new concept just introduced in July of that year, which did not appear on order blanks, etc. until well into 1964 or beyond, as many people did not understand what it was - certainly not just a month or so after it was introduced. See more »

Quotes

Evelyn Ryan: Let's go to bed. I'm tired of this day. I need a new one.
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Crazy Credits

Before the ending credits roll, updates are given of all the children and of Ms. Schaefer along with their real life photos. See more »

Connections

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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Loved Prize Winner
5 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this Movie and it takes you back to the days before women really had domestic rights. It is not only about a strong and bright woman's struggle to keep her family fed and together it is about why woman started standing up and demanding fair treatment. This is a must see for all. The acting is exceptional. I liked the magic between Julianne Moore and Ellary Porterfield. She is one to watch. A star in the making. Woody was also very good. He played the simple, powerless husband to a tee. That had to be a very hard part to play. Lets get this movie out in full circulation so others can appreciate this excellent show.


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