Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (2005)

Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating PG 13
Runtime 1hr 39mins.
Genres Drama, Adaptation, Period, Biopic
Keywords 1950s, 1960s, novel, survival, workplace
Status Released
US Release Date
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  • The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio Review

    Julianne Moore gives a shining performance as a mom whose gift for words keeps her struggling family out of the poorhouse. Though glossing over the more unseemly topic of spousal abuse as if it was just another dishwasher arrived on the front porch, Prize Winner nonetheless swings the emotional pendulum of laughter and heartache.

Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Edward T McAvoy Production Designer n/a 164 9000001
Clive Thomasson Set Decorator n/a 165 9000002
Andrew M Stearn Art Director n/a 183 9000003
Michael Shocrylas Set Designer n/a 202 9000004
Brian Kirk Music Supervisor n/a 120872 8000002
John Frizzell Composer Music Composer and Conductor 120836 8000001
James Fraser Production Coordinator n/a 162 5000006
Jonathan Freeman Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
Robert Dalva Editor n/a 172 7000001
Linda Lowy Casting Director n/a 157 10000001
John Brace Casting Director n/a 157 10000002
Branko Racki Stunt Coordinator n/a 120804 19000999
Sheena Duggal Visual Effects Supervisor n/a 249 23000001
Martin Malivoire Special Effects Supervisor n/a 545 23000002
Karen Pidgurski Publicity n/a 120789 29000001
Amy Wright Choreographer n/a 120803 17000001
Janet Lonsdale Production Accountant n/a 282 16000001
Hala Bahmet Costume Designer n/a 169 13000001
Bruce Carwardine Sound n/a 120816 14000001
Robert Shoup Sound Editor n/a 229 14000002
Penny Charter Assistant Director n/a 163 5000005
Libby Hodgson Assistant Director n/a 163 5000004
Simon Reynolds Actor Ray the Milkman 1 1000007
David Gardener Actor Father McCague 1 1000008
Susan Merson Actor Mrs Bidlack 1 1000009
Erik Knudsen Actor Rog Ryan (age 13) 1 1000010
Ellary Porterfield Actor Tuff Ryan at 13, 16 & 18 yrs 1 1000006
Trevor Morgan Actor Bruce Ryan at 16 yrs 1 1000005
Woody Harrelson Actor Leo "Kelly" Ryan 1 1000002
Laura Dern Actor Dortha Schaefer 1 1000003
Frank Chiesurin Actor Freddy Canon 1 1000004
Jane Anderson Director n/a 2 2000001
Robert Zemeckis Producer n/a 3 3000001
David Coatsworth Unit Production Manager n/a 182 5000001
Marty Ewing Unit Production Manager n/a 182 5000002
Whitney Brown Unit Production Manager n/a 182 5000003
Terry Ryan Source Material (from novel: "The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio: How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less.") 120786 4000002
Jane Anderson Screenplay (adaptation) 120778 4000001
Jack Rapke Producer n/a 3 3000002
Steve Starkey Producer n/a 3 3000003
Marty Ewing Executive Producer n/a 174 3000004
Julianne Moore Actor Evelyn Ryan 1 1000001
Evelyn Ryan was a devoted mother and housewife who used her self-described "knack for words" to keep her struggling family afloat. In the 1950s and '60s, housewives across the country used their wits to win thousands of dollars in cash and prizes in jingle contests staged by corporations to promote their products. But of all the "jingle-belles" vying for supremacy, none out-rhymed Evelyn Ryan, whose creative resources usually corresponded directly to her family's needs--and with ten kids and an alcoholic husband, those needs were numerous and unending. Applying her remarkable ingenuity and an uncommon wit, Evelyn found the way to keep her family together, despite the enormous odds stacked against them.