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The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio ()


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

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Evelyn Ryan
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Kelly Ryan
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Dortha Schaefer
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Bruce Ryan at 16 yrs
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Tuff Ryan at 13, 16 & 18 yrs
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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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Rog Ryan at 13 yrs
Jake Scott ...
Bruce Ryan at 11 yrs
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Tuff Ryan at 9 yrs
Ryan Price ...
Mike Ryan at 6 yrs
Shae Norris ...
Barb Ryan at 4 yrs
Abigail Falle ...
Betsy Ryan at 2 yrs
Luca Barbaro ...
Baby Dave
Brando Barbaro ...
Baby Dave
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Rog Ryan at 17 yrs
Evan Rose ...
Mike Ryan at 10 yrs
Jessica Pollock ...
Barb Ryan at 8 yrs
Emily Persich ...
Betsy Ryan at 6 yrs
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Dave Ryan at 4 yrs
Brendan Price ...
Mike Ryan at 13 yrs
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Barb Ryan at 11 yrs
Julia Megan Thompson ...
Betsy Ryan at 9 yrs
Connor Sharp ...
Dave Ryan at 7 yrs
Terry Ryan ...
Herself - Adult Tuff Ryan
Betsy Ryan ...
Herself - Adult Betsy Ryan
David Gardner ...
Father McCague
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Cutter Murphy
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Mrs. Bidlack
Catherine Fitch ...
Emma Hartzler - an Affadaisy
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Gladys Tierney - an Affadaisy
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Betty Yearling - an Affadaisy
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Betty White - an Affadaisy
Kathryn Haggis ...
Checkout Lady Marge
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Checkout Lady Pauline
Gerry Quigley ...
Vernon the Mailman
Brad Borbridge ...
Deliveryman
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Deliveryman
Tim Dorsch ...
Deliveryman
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Detective Feeney
Lee Smart ...
Band Show Host
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Rock 'n Roll Singer
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Girl Group Member
Erin Gooderham ...
Girl Group Member
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Girl Group Member
Jim York ...
Seabrook Executive
Timm Zemanek ...
Harvey the Mechanic
Paul Brogren ...
Joe the Mechanic
Eric Fink ...
Bike Contest Man 1
Derek Keurvorst ...
Bike Contest Man 2
Scott Wickware ...
Neighbor Man
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Officer Dobbs
Bruce McFee ...
Officer Finney
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sandra Rapke ...
Dancer
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Son of Dortha Shaffer (uncredited)

Directed by

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Jane Anderson

Written by

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Terry Ryan ... (book "The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio: How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less")
 
Jane Anderson ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Marty P. Ewing ... executive producer (as Marty Ewing)
Jack Rapke ... producer
Steve Starkey ... producer
Robert Zemeckis ... producer

Music by

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John Frizzell

Cinematography by

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Jonathan Freeman ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Robert Dalva

Editorial Department

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Daniel Boccoli ... second assistant editor
Diane Brunjes ... second assistant editor: Toronto
Chad Glastonbury ... second assistant editor: Toronto
Claudia Guerrero-Zalokar ... assistant editor
Joseph Hatton ... post-production assistant (as Joe Hatton)
Mo Henry ... negative cutter
Ursula Mazurkiewicz ... editorial trainee: Toronto
Dana Mulligan ... first assistant editor
David Orr ... color timer
Justine Gerenstein ... editor: main title sequence (uncredited)
Steve Porter ... final colorist (uncredited)

Casting By

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John Brace
Linda Lowy

Production Design by

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Edward T. McAvoy

Art Direction by

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Andrew M. Stearn ... (as Andrew Stern)

Set Decoration by

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Clive Thomasson

Costume Design by

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Hala Bahmet

Makeup Department

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Katie Brennan ... assistant makeup artist
Alan D'Angerio ... hair stylist: Julianne Moore (as Alan Dangerio)
Patricia Medina ... hair stylist
Jennifer Bower O'Halloran ... key hair stylist (as Jennifer O'Halloran)
Susan Reilly LeHane ... makeup artist: Julianne Moore (as Susan Reilly Lehane)
Jordan Samuel ... department head makeup artist
Michael Krehl ... prosthetic makeup artist (uncredited)
David Scott ... prosthetic sculptor (uncredited)

Production Management

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Whitney Brown ... unit production manager (as Witney K. Brown)
David Coatsworth ... assistant unit production manager
Marty P. Ewing ... unit production manager (as Marty Ewing)
Carey Len Smith ... post-production supervisor
Erica Frauman ... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
Erik Heiberg ... production manager: re-shoots (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Penny Charter ... second assistant director
Libby Hodgson ... first assistant director
Patrick Murphy ... third assistant director
Karen Young ... third assistant director
Andrew Pritchard ... third assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Lara Alexander ... construction auditor
Trysh Burbidge ... head painter
Wayne Collins ... stand-by carpenter
Gerry Deschenes ... set dresser
Cheryl Dorsey ... on-set greens
Helen Field ... property buyer
Beth Gilinsky ... art department coordinator
Bill Harman ... construction coordinator
Gary Harmer ... set dresser
Jeff Mawle ... assistant property master
I.R. McEune ... key scenic artist (as Rob McEune)
Brian N. Murray ... head carpenter
Chris Pellegrini ... property master
Rolf Raven ... greens coordinator
David Sauder ... graphic designer
Michael Shocrylas ... set designer
Jaclyn Shoub ... assistant set decorator
Richard Snyder ... greens supervisor (as Richard Snider)
Kim Steede ... on-set dresser (as Kimothy Steede)
George Venckus ... lead set decorator
Abbie Weinberg ... second assistant art director
Andrew Yurkiv ... assistant head carpenter
Jonathan Davis ... art apprentice (uncredited)
Jen Gillespie ... second assistant art director (uncredited)
Jeff Smith ... art department apprentice (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Mark Berger ... Re-Recording Mixer
Christopher Boyes ... Re-Recording Mixer
Karen Brocco ... assistant dialogue editor (as Karen A. Brocco)
Rick Canelli ... adr recordist
Bruce Carwardine ... production sound mixer
Pat Cassin ... boom operator
Brian Chumney ... assistant adr editor / assistant dialogue / adr editor
Erik Foreman ... adr recordist
Kim Foscato ... assistant sound effects editor
Sue Fox ... adr editor (as Suzanne Fox)
Jeff Gomillion ... adr mixer
Ellen Heuer ... foley artist
Bruce Lacey ... foley editor
Brian Magerkurth ... sound re-recordist (as Brian D. Magerkurth)
Kyrsten Mate ... sound effects editor
Matthew McKenzie ... adr mixer (as Matt McKenzie)
Douglas Murray ... sound effects editor (as Douglas S. Murray)
Thomas J. O'Connell ... adr mixer (as Tom O'Connell)
George Peterson Jr. ... foley recordist
Brandon Proctor ... mix technician
Richard Quinn ... dialogue editor
Frank Rinella ... foley mixer
Philip Rogers ... adr recordist (as Phillip Rogers)
Ronald G. Roumas ... sound re-recordist
Jurgen Scharpf ... mix technician
Tony Sereno ... mix technician
Robert Shoup ... supervising sound editor
Michael Silvers ... supervising adr editor
Mac Smith ... assistant supervising sound editor
Dennie Thorpe ... foley artist
Jana Vance ... foley artist
Markus Wade ... boom operator
Marshall Winn ... dialogue editor
Chris Barron ... digital sound transferer (uncredited)
Christopher Boyes ... sound designer (uncredited)
John Countryman ... digital sound transferer (uncredited)
Edwin Dunkley ... video services (uncredited)
Sean England ... digital archivist (uncredited) / foley recordist (uncredited)
Jonathan Greber ... digital sound transferer (uncredited)
Douglas Murray ... sound designer (uncredited) / sound effects recordist (uncredited)
Brandon Proctor ... assistant re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Michael Silvers ... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
John Torrijos ... video services (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Martin Malivoire ... special effects supervisor
Barry Watkins ... special effects

Visual Effects by

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Jason Anderson ... interactive compositing coordinator: SPI
Nikki Bell ... editorial coordinator: SPI
Christopher Blasko ... visual effects production assistant: SPI
Christian Boudman ... interactive compositing artist: SPI
Mark Burns ... compositor: SPI
Nicolle Cornute ... roto artist: SPI
Lisa Deaner ... interactive compositing artist: SPI
Debbie Denise ... visual effects executive producer: SPI
Mitch Dobrowner ... technical production manager: SPI
Sheena Duggal ... visual effects supervisor
Nathan Eriksen ... production services manager: SPI
Mark Felt ... interactive compositing artist: SPI
Andrew Foote ... film scanning technician: SPI
Doug Forrest ... interactive compositing artist: SPI
Jenny Fulle ... senior staff: SPI
Joshua Geisler-Amhowitz ... matte painter: SPI
Nathalie Gonthier ... roto artist: SPI
Jason Greenblum ... dustbuster: SPI
Dawn Guinta ... interactive compositing manager: SPI
Christian Hejnal ... digital production manager: SPI
Chris Herbert ... visual effects research: SPI / visual effects still photos: SPI
Ivo Horvat ... matte painting lead: SPI
Kevin Hudson ... modeler: SPI
Bernardo Jauregui ... visual effects production coordinator: SPI (as Bernardo Jaurequi)
Jennifer Juen ... production accountant: SPI
Keith Kellogg ... animator: SPI
David Keslick ... film recording technician: SPI
Martin A. Kline ... visual effects art director: SPI (as Marty Kline)
Daniel Kuehn ... visual effects set producer: SPI
Rene Limberger ... pipeline technical director: SPI
Lauren A. Littleton ... animation production manager: SPI (as Lauren Ann Littleton)
Nick Loy ... production services technician: SPI
Kevin Scott Mack ... additional visual effects set supervision: SPI (as Kevin Mack)
Andrea Maxwell ... visual effects editor: SPI
Paul McGhee ... digital color timer: SPI
Leah Montagnino ... visual effects research: SPI (as Leah Hardstark) / visual effects still photos: SPI (as Leah Hardstark)
Jake Morrison ... computer graphics supervisor: SPI
Kishore Mulchandani ... software engineer: SPI
Gregory Nic Nicholson ... match move artist: SPI (as Nic Nicholson)
Rachel Nicoll ... match move artist: SPI
Kerry Nordquist ... texture painter: SPI
Jean-François Panisset ... systems research and development: SPI
Eric Peterson ... match move artist: SPI
George Richman ... dustbuster: SPI
John Sanders ... resource administration: SPI
Tim Sarnoff ... senior staff: SPI
Deepak Sharma ... software engineer: SPI
Michael Song ... software engineer: SPI
Craig Sost ... visual effects producer: SPI
Jeremy Squires ... effects animator: SPI
Jessica Stebbins ... production services technician: SPI (as Jessica Noll)
Boyd Steer ... negative handler: SPI
Mathew Thomas ... lead production services technician: SPI
James Valentine ... roto artist: SPI
Dana Vanhove ... digital production management: SPI
Dennis Webb ... film input/outout supervisor: SPI
Len White ... 3D lead: SPI
David Worman ... match move artist: SPI
Aimee Campbell ... senior matchmover: roto/paint, SPI (uncredited)
Stephen Kowalski ... senior systems architect (uncredited)
Paul Maples ... motion control operator (uncredited)
Ray McMillan ... motion control supervisor (uncredited)
Jeff Olm ... flame artist: SPI (uncredited)
Shyam V. Yadav ... plate coordinator (uncredited)
Mitch Zeitlin ... video editorial coordinator: SPI (uncredited)

Stunts

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Leigh Bianco ... stunt double: Tuff
Shelley Cook ... stunt double: Tuff (as Shelly Cook)
Patrick Mark ... motorcycle double: Dave
Jodi Michelle Pynn ... stunt double: Evelyn (as Jody Michelle Pynn)
Branko Racki ... stunt coordinator
Robert Racki ... stunt coordinator (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Mark Beauchamp ... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Yvonne Collins ... first assistant camera: "b" camera
François Daignault ... Steadicam operator (as Francois Daignault) / camera operator: "a" camera (as Francois Daignault)
Heather Donald ... camera loader
Howard Galbraith ... assistant chief lighting technician (as Howie Galbraith)
Michael Galbraith ... chief lighting technician
Michael Gibson ... still photographer
Bob Hannah ... electrician (as Robert Hannah)
Eric Holmes ... electrician
James Kohne ... grip
Bernie Lalonde ... key rigging grip
Joseph Micomonaco ... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Beth Nobes ... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Doug Novis ... rigging electric best boy (as Douglas Novis)
Derek Parkes ... grip
Herb Reischl Sr. ... electrician (as Herbert Reischl Sr.)
Ron Renzetti ... dolly grip
Robert Rice ... best boy grip
Don Rose ... rigging best boy grip
Tracy Shaw ... grip
Tom Starnes ... key rigging gaffer
Samuel Turturici ... grip
Mark Willis ... camera operator: "b" camera
Ron Yolevsky ... key grip
Ian S. Casas ... key grip: additional photography (uncredited)
Tim Davis ... video assist operator (uncredited)
Bill Hong ... operator: camera car/insert car (uncredited)
Clyde Miller ... aerial camera operator (uncredited) / camera operator: Wescam camera (uncredited)
Jeff Petro ... assistant camera: Wescam camera (uncredited)
Herb Reischl Jr. ... rigging electrician (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Jane Alderman ... casting: Chicago
Michael Betts ... casting assistant
Tina Gerussi ... casting: Toronto
Barbara Harris ... adr voice casting
Zameret Kleiman ... extras casting
Roberta Romano ... casting assistant: Toronto
Will Stewart ... casting assistant (as Will Smith)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Jill Aslin ... assistant costume designer: Toronto
Heather Blurton ... dresser: Ms. Moore
Virginia Burton ... costume supervisor
Tricia Cruikshank ... costumer
Maureen Curtin ... wardrobe assistant on-set supervisor
Sara Daubney ... cutter/fitter (as Sara Daubney-Kinney)
Isabel De Biasio ... wardrobe on-set supervisor
Maria Duplaga ... assistant costume designer: Toronto (as Marya Duplaga)
Loreen Lightfoot ... head cutter
Trelawnie Mead ... dresser: Mr. Harrelson
Laurie Munday ... costume supervisor: Toronto
Marina Ray ... assistant costume designer
Bethany Bernhard ... costumer (uncredited)
Gaye Gardiner ... costume textile artist (uncredited)
Courtney Ormond ... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)

Location Management

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James Campbell ... location assistant
Joe Melton ... location assistant
Ian Smith ... assistant location manager
Geoffrey Smither ... location manager
Arthur Clarke ... assistant location manager (uncredited)

Music Department

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Christine Bergren ... music legal and clearance
Sandy DeCrescent ... music contractor (as Sandy De Crescent)
Ross DeRoche ... supervising music copyist
George Doering ... musician
Steve Durkee ... additional score mixer / additional score recordist
John Frizzell ... music conductor / orchestrator
Lisa Jaime ... music editor
Andrew Kinney ... orchestrator
Brian Kirk ... music supervisor
Gabriel Mann ... orchestrator (as Gabriel Rutman)
Bobbi Page ... vocal contractor
Rail Rogut ... scoring recordist
Peter Rotter ... music contractor
Sara Watkins ... musician: featured fiddle soloist, appearing courtesy of Sugar Hill Records (as Sarah Watkins)
Sean Watkins ... musician: featured guitar soloist, appearing courtesy of Sugar Hill Records
Frederik Wiedmann ... scoring coordinator
Hyesu Wiedmann ... orchestrator (as Hyesu Yang)
Rick Winquest ... score mixer / score recordist
Gabriel Mann ... music arranger (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Wilfred Bell ... transportation captain (as Wilfred C. Bell)
Bill Boyd ... picture vehicle coordinator (as William Boyd)
Bill Jackson ... transportation co-captain
Carl Severin ... transportation co-captain
Marco Sousa ... picture car captain
Mark Van Alstyne ... transportation coordinator
Gord Bettles ... picture car mechanic (uncredited)
Jennifer Mccormack ... driver: second honeywagon (uncredited)

Other crew

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Lyssa Aruda ... adr group
Erica Beck ... adr group
Cameron Bowen ... adr group
Laurel Bresnahan ... studio teacher
Katherine Brook ... assistant: Mr. Rapke
Stephen Clark ... stand-in
Bobby Coleman ... adr group
Jane Conway ... animal wrangler
Vicki Davis ... adr group
John DeMita ... adr group (as John Demita)
Stacey Dunlop ... stand-in (as Stacie Dunlop)
Greg Eby ... first assistant accountant
Sonia Farrell ... assistant: Mr. Harrelson
Jeff Fischer ... adr group (as Jeffrey Todd Fischer)
Becky Flood ... adr group
Colin Ford ... adr group
James Fraser ... production coordinator (as James B. Fraser)
Jamie Frith ... production assistant (as James A. Frith)
Jen Gillespie ... clearance coordinator
Doug Hale ... adr group
Christian Hamilton ... assistant production coordinator
Dustin Hughes ... assistant: Ms. Anderson
Erica Jones ... adr group
Nicky Jones ... adr group
Carlyle King ... adr group
Daamen J. Krall ... adr group (as Daamen Krall)
Eli Russell Linnetz ... adr group (as Eli Linnetz)
Janet Lonsdale ... production accountant
Susan Marucci ... script supervisor
Andi Matheny ... adr group
Jeremy Maxwell ... adr group
Dan McCann ... assistant: Ms. Moore
Kyla McFeat ... accounting clerk
Sarah McIntosh ... payroll accountant
Tracy Metro ... adr group
Sean Michaels ... adr group
Justin Nichols ... adr group
Mary Linda Phillips ... adr group
Karen Pidgurski ... unit publicist
Andrew Pritchard ... production assistant
David Randolph ... adr group
Zoë Raye ... adr group (as Zoe Raye)
Noreen Reardon ... adr group
Deborah Ricketts ... stock footage researcher
Fiona Robinson ... production assistant
Vernon Scott ... adr group
Alyssa Shafer ... adr group (as Alyssa Schafer)
Margaret Sigel ... assistant: Mr. Rapke
Sue Sparling ... payroll accountant
John Thomas ... production secretary
Anthony Valenti ... assistant accountant
Amy Wright ... choreographer
Karin Fong ... title designer (uncredited)
Dan Gosse ... daily production assistant (uncredited)
Nadia Guglieri ... second script supervisor (uncredited)
Nathan Hayashigawa ... production assistant (uncredited)
Rachel Leko ... production secretary (uncredited)
Sean Longley ... key craft service (uncredited)
Monique Perez ... assistant to executive producer (uncredited)
Judd Rubin ... production assistant: re-shoots (uncredited)
Nick Talon ... production assistant (uncredited)
Dave Tommasini ... pilot: Wescam helicopter (uncredited)
Nadia Venesse ... dialect coach (uncredited)
Andrew Wolinsky ... production assistant (uncredited)
Greg Wood ... on-set nurse (uncredited)

Thanks

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Evelyn Ryan ... dedicatee: for
Jeremiah Shane Ryan ... in memory of: 1982-2004
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Plot Summary

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 justified in placing her faith in the deeply-flawed Kelly? How will the children turn out? This underrated film provides an inspirational answer to these questions. Written by Joe Jurca

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Taglines The true story of how a mother raised ten kids on twenty-five words or less. See more »
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Also Known As
  • La ganadora (Spain)
  • Szlogengyáros családanya (Hungary)
  • Zwyciezczyni z Ohio (Poland)
  • Победительница (Russia)
  • Pobjednica (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnian title)
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Runtime
  • 99 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $159,056, 02 Oct 2005

Did You Know?

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Trivia Some of the dresses worn by Julianne Moore in the film belonged to the real-life Evelyn Ryan. Her children had saved them and offered the use of them for the film. See more »
Goofs On two occasions, the point is made that Defiance, Ohio and Payne, Ohio are 85 miles apart. They are actually about 29 miles apart. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Into the Blue/Serenity/The Greatest Game Ever Played/Mirrormask/Capote/The Prizewinner of Defiance, Ohio (2005). See more »
Soundtracks Sitting on Top of the World See more »
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 »
Quotes Evelyn Ryan: I don't need you to make me happy. I just need you to leave me alone when I am.
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