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The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (2005)

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In order to support her ten children, Evelyn Ryan enters a commercial jingle-writing contest.

Director:

Jane Anderson

Writers:

Terry Ryan (book), Jane Anderson (screenplay)
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julianne Moore ... Evelyn Ryan
Woody Harrelson ... Kelly Ryan
Laura Dern ... Dortha Schaefer
Trevor Morgan ... Bruce Ryan at 16 yrs
Ellary Porterfield ... Tuff Ryan at 13, 16 & 18 yrs
Simon Reynolds ... Ray the Milkman
Monté Gagné Monté Gagné ... Lea Anne Ryan at 17 yrs
Robert Clark ... Dick Ryan at 16 yrs
Michael Seater ... Bub Ryan at 15 yrs
Erik Knudsen ... Rog Ryan at 13 yrs
Jake Scott Jake Scott ... Bruce Ryan at 11 yrs
Jordan Todosey ... Tuff Ryan at 9 yrs
Ryan Price Ryan Price ... Mike Ryan at 6 yrs
Shae Norris Shae Norris ... Barb Ryan at 4 yrs
Abigail Falle Abigail Falle ... Betsy Ryan at 2 yrs
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Storyline

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.

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 June 2007 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

La ganadora See more »

Filming Locations:

Brampton, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$159,056, 2 October 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$626,310, 20 November 2005
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Contrary to the movie, the real-life Evelyn Ryan and her son did get to take a trip to New York City, where they stayed at Waldorf-Astoria, saw the Broadway musical "The Music Man", dined at Sardi's, and appeared on a television show hosted by Merv Griffin as part of the "Name The Sandwich" contest prize. See more »

Goofs

In the movie, Kelly and Evelyn Ryan both have red hair. However, only a few of their children have red hair, the rest have brown. This would be genetically impossible since the gene for red hair is recessive; two copies of the gene are needed for red hair. If the Ryan parents were true redheads, all of their children would have some variation of red hair. See more »

Quotes

Evelyn Ryan: Do you know that U.S. Army research has shown a relationship between intelligence and willingness to eat unfamiliar foods?
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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 »


Soundtracks

Frisk the Frigidaire
Written by Brian Kirk and Evelyn Ryan
Performed by The Jarre Sisters
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Loved Prize Winner
5 November 2005 | by earlypearlySee 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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