The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio Movie Review 2005

Information and Film Reviews for The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio the Movie

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Based on a memoir by Terry Adams. The "prize winner" is Terry's mother Evelyn (Moore, who filmmakers seem to love casting as a 1950s housewife). The mother of ten children and the wife of a drunk (Harrelson), ever-cheerful Evelyn figures out how to (barely) hold it all together by becoming a successful jingle writer, winning money and prizes for her catchy advertising tunes. Maybe a little heavy and nostalgic at moments, but charming nonetheless.


DreamWorks SKG, 1000 Flower St., Glendale, CA 91201, Phone: (818)695-5000, Fax: (818)695-7775, URL:

Available on DVD
Running time 99 minutes.
Originally from United States.

Cast and Crew

True Stories, Period Piece: 1950s, Family Drama, Moms, Strained Suburbia
Jane Anderson
Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson, Laura Dern, Trevor Morgan, Simon Reynolds
Jonathan Freeman
Jane Anderson
John Frizzell
Bruce Carwardine, Robert Dalva, Andrew Stearn, Hala Bahmet, Edward T. McAvoy
Jack Rapke, Steve Starkey, Robert Zemeckis, Imagemovers, Go Fish Pictures

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