The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio

2005

Biography / Drama

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 60%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 74%
IMDb Rating 7.3 10 7361

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Uploaded By: FREEMAN

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Cast

Melanie Tonello as Barb Ryan at 11 yrs
Michael Seater as Bub Ryan at 15 yrs
Jordan Todosey as Tuff Ryan at 9 yrs
Nora Dunn as Girl Group Member

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by SnoopyStyle 7 / 10

a real complex marriage

Evelyn (Julianne Moore) and Kelly Ryan (Woody Harrelson) struggle to survive raising ten kids. Evelyn spends all her energy entering every contest multiple times. Kelly is an abusive angry violent drunk. The better she does, the angrier he becomes. It's a chauvinist world where Evelyn has no options and no help from the authorities. Dortha Schaefer (Laura Dern) leads a group of fellow contest enthusiasts and soul mates.

This is great at painting life in a certain era. Moore and Harrelson form an interesting pair. It's not a simple marriage that is all bad or all good. It's an extreme mix bag. Ellary Porterfield is a compelling Tuff. The light whimsical tone does not always fit and a less fluffy tone could deliver the tougher drama better.

Reviewed by moonspinner55 5 / 10

"I just have to sit down and have myself a happy cry!"

In the early 1960s, a small town wife and mother of 10, facing hard times, wins a slogan contest and buys her family a new home, but that doesn't ease the volatile nature of her deeply troubled, resentful husband. Julianne Moore is well-cast as real-life perennial contest winner Evelyn Ryan, yet this adaptation of Terry Ryan's memoir is episodic and thinly-conceived, and doesn't allow Moore anything to play but sunshiny perseverance and hopeful determination (which isn't enough to build a tangible character on). Moore's 'cute' narration--often played directly to the camera--sticks out as an artifice, while Woody Harrelson's dark presence as unhappy Mr. Ryan is the movie equivalent of a flat tire. At one point, after a violent situation has resulted in Moore having to go to the hospital, she and Harrelson have a sensual reconciliation in the bathroom that gives off creepy vibes (this perky lady suddenly becomes a masochist). The film's art direction and design are accurate, and Julianne's true grit is admirable, but the story just isn't gripping on a dramatic level. ** from ****

Reviewed by blanche-2 7 / 10

something for baby boomers

The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio, is based on the true story of Evelyn Ryan, a mother of ten in Defiance, Ohio, who supported her family of 12 by writing winning jingles for contests.

Julianne Moore is Evelyn, a unflappable mother who somehow keeps her cool raising her ten children and dealing with a drunken husband "Kelly" (Woody Harrelson), a machinist who spends all his money on booze. Her pastor advises her to make a better home for him. Thanks, father. Sober, Kelly is a sweet enough man, if ineffectual. Drunk he resents that it is she who supplies what money and food they have and has put a roof over their heads and he becomes violent - not towards her or the children, but by breaking and throwing things. This scares the kids. Once, a near tragedy is avoided when, during one of his tirades, Evelyn falls and the milk bottles break. One more inch and that would have been it for her.

When she wins $5,000 (she had multiple entries using her kids' names, a common practice - one entry per name), she and her husband (Woody Harrelson) purchase a house, but only he signs the mortgage.

Very much, the point made in this film is that things were different for women in the '50s. Evelyn was a clever woman who had a bright future as a newspaperwoman, but she gave it all up for marriage and family. On TV, we see Queen for a Day and Miss America saying she wouldn't vote for a female president because women are "too emotional." The acting is good all around, with Moore the perfect '50s housewife - maybe too perfect - how any woman could hold it together given her life is beyond me. Only a few times do we see her break down and be anything but calm and cheerful. Harrelson is excellent as a weak man who, despite his unhappiness, can't get his act together to give her enough money for the milkman.

Supposedly the film is very close to the book, written by one of the daughters. The vintage elements are wonderful; one really feels as if it is the '50s, with the typewriter, the black and white TV, the old cars, the clothes (some of which belonged to the real Evelyn Ryan).

Very good.

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