The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (2005)

PG-13   |    |  Biography, Drama


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In order to support her ten children, Evelyn Ryan enters a commercial jingle-writing contest.


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  • Julianne Moore in The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (2005)
  • Julianne Moore and Woody Harrelson in The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (2005)
  • Julianne Moore and Woody Harrelson in The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (2005)
  • Woody Harrelson in The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (2005)

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Director:

Jane Anderson

Writers:

Terry Ryan (book), Jane Anderson (screenplay)

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16 June 2006 | katyaohagan
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I felt the need to sign up and review a movie for the first time, just so there would be more written about this lovely little movie. This is a real gem that seems to have slipped through the net, which is a real pity. I had no expectations and knew nothing about it when I stumbled upon it, and I have been trying to persuade all of my friends to see it since then.

It's one of those rare family movies that really feels authentic. There's nothing hokey here, and no obvious, cheesy dialog. The little directorial flourishes are sweet and unobtrusive and flow naturally with the story, which although sometimes whimsically told, has a deeply moving center.

Julianne Moore deftly handles an extremely tricky role. She manages to convey the complexities in a character that on the surface, and in lesser hands, could read as drippy and one-dimensional. Instead as we see this woman's challenging life play out, we respect her more and more, and truly feel invested in what becomes of her remarkable spirit.

All in all, a wonderful surprise, beautifully executed. See it.

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$159,056 2 October 2005

Gross USA:

$627,844

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$750,212

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