The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio

Genre:  Drama
Release Date: October 14, 2005 (limited)
DVD: March 14, 2006

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Cast: Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson, Laura Dern, Melanie Tonello


Evelyn Ryan (Julianne Moore) is a devoted housewife and mother of ten in the 1950s. Her husband (Woody Harrelson) can't seem to make ends meet, but that doesn't stop the car from breaking down, the mortgage coming due and the bills from piling up. It falls to Evelyn to defy the conventions of the day and find a way to keep her family together with the odds stacked against them. Applying her remarkable resourcefulness and an uncommon wit, Evelyn finds her own way in the profitable jingle contests popular in the 1950s and '60s.

Based on a true story and the book by Terry Ryan.

Canadian Connection  Canadian Connection: Filmed in Ontario.

Director: Jane Anderson
Studio: DreamWorks Pictures
Producer(s): Robert Zemeckis, Jack Rapke, Steve Starkey
Screenplay: Jane Anderson
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