The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio

The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio

DVD - 2006
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Based on the true story of Evelyn Ryan. Offers a revealing study of the housewife's plight during the Eisenhower era, along with an inspiring tale of tenacity and survival against formidable odds. Evelyn is a cheerfully strong-willed mother of ten who compensates for the failings of her alcoholic husband by becoming the most successful "contester" in the country. Between the mid-1950s and the early '60s, Evelyn submitted cleverly worded poems, jingles, and slogans in corporate sponsored contests. Winning everything from palm trees and pogo-sticks to sports cars and cash, she somehow mangages to hold the financially desperate family together with happy smiles and a rock-solid defiance.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : DreamWorks Pictures, c2006
Edition: Widescreen version
ISBN: 9781417030859
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (1 hr., 39 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Mar 13, 2018

As is typically the case, the memoir on which this movie is based is better. I think the film is worth seeing at least once though. It would have been a difficult book to adapt for the screen. Jane Anderson, who wrote the screenplay, also adapted Olive Kitteridge; she must enjoy a challenge. The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio is rated PG-13 for thematic elements, some disturbing images and language.

Apr 23, 2016

This is a great movie!

Jun 12, 2015

The determination and perseverance of a woman to make ends meet knowing her husband wasn't going to do it.
I thought she should've known better than to pop kids out left and right knowing the father was irresponsible, and a drunk.
When he struck her, she should've gotten rid of his sorry self.

May 05, 2015

An idiot woman who married an alcoholic brute, had 10 kids by him tries to turn her life around. Strongest argument I've ever seen for neutering anyone who shows signs of too much fertility.

patcumming Feb 26, 2015

Heroic mom, loser dad story. Great depiction of the 60s and the contest culture. Julianne Moore is great as usual.

Godschild3303 Mar 09, 2012

If you enjoy old movies with color, large close nit famly settings,who in spite of the difficulties an lack of finances ejnjoy one another, this is the perfect movie. I truley enjoyed it.

Jul 06, 2011

This was a great book, unfortunately the movie doesn't do it justice. Definitely just read the book instead. It was a touching memoir about a woman with incredible strength. The movie was as much about the father as it was about Evelyn Ryan. In the book she kept an upbeat positive attitude in the face of poverty and and abusive husband. In the movie the back and forth between the peppy optimism and the emotional scenes made the her appear silly, and made the emotional scenes overly melodramatic.

Feb 15, 2011

The true story of a 1950's housewife who helps support her large family by winning cash, household appliances, and various products from promotional contests. Her positive attitude maintains the family during her husband's alcoholic rages. Touching and humourous, with great performances by Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson, Laura Dern, and the young actors portraying the children.


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