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Julianne Moore returns to FAR FROM HEAVEN territory in THE PRIZE WINNER OF DEFIANCE, OHIO, which springs from the pages of Terry Ryan's memoir of the same name. Playing 1950s housewife Evelyn Ryan, who struggles to raise 10 kids while dealing with an alcoholic husband, Moore brings director Jane Anderson's film to life with another moving performance to add to her résumé. Evelyn's husband, Kelly (Woody Harrelson), works at the local factory but has sunk the family into financial trouble with his dangerously boozy habits. Struggling with her husband's drinking and the stress of raising so many children, Evelyn tries her luck in some jingle-writing contests. Writing rhyming couplets for companies like Dr. Pepper and Maidenform bras, the beleaguered housewife is surprisingly successful, and manages to tip the family's finances back into good health. Anderson peppers the action with short direct-to-camera monologues from Evelyn, which help to explain the idiosyncrasies of the competitions and also highlight her steely determination to pull her family through the hard times. But Kelly can't accept his wife's position as the major breadwinner of the family, and his violent, alcohol-fueled outbursts put an enormous strain on their relationship. Moore shines throughout the movie, giving a convincing performance as a strong woman who always puts her family's happiness before her own. As a first feature film, THE PRIZE WINNER OF DEFIANCE, OHIO, is a strong debut from Jane Anderson, who gained Emmy nominations for her HBO show NORMAL, which she wrote and directed; she also wrote the screenplay for this movie, faithfully molding Terry Ryan's words into a film that tugs heavily at the heart strings.


Studio Dreamworks SKG TV
SKU 202159277
UPC 678149196429
UPC 14 00678149196429
Format DVD
Release Date 2/1/2013
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Name Moore,Julianne
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Name Jane Anderson
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Cast & Crew
Brian Kirk - Original Music By
Jane Anderson - Screenplay
Jane Anderson - Director
John Frizzell - Original Music By
Jonathan Freeman - Cinematographer
Julianne Moore - Actor
Laura Dern - Actor
Marty P. Ewing - Executive Producer
Robert Dalva - Editor
Robert Zemeckis - Producer
Terry Ryan - Based On Novel By
Trevor Morgan - Actor
Woody Harrelson - Actor
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review The power in the film comes from the disconnect between the anger and emotional violence in the marriage, and the way Evelyn keeps her dignity, protects her children, fights to put food on the table and deals with a husband she always calls "Father." She is "Mother," of course. She has never been outside of Ohio, never had a spare dollar in the bank, never been able to express her creativity, except through the contests. Julianne Moore plays this woman as a victim whose defenses are dignity and optimism. It's a performance of a performance, actually: Evelyn Ryan plays a role that conceals the despair in her heart. The word "alcoholic" is never used in the household, although Kelly Ryan is a classic alcoholic. When the parish priest comes to offer advice, it is to advise Evelyn to submit and pray and support her husband; when he leaves, one of the kids observes that the priest's breath "smells just like dad's." There is a running battle with the milkman over the weekly bill. They are hours from being homeless when a contest prize allows them to put a down payment on a house.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1); Dolby Surround Sound; Dolby Digital Stereo, English, Spanish, French Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Julianne Moore / Laura Dern / Moore,Julianne / Simon Reynolds / Woody Harrelson
Composer John Frizzell
Director Jane Anderson
Label Dreamworks Pictures
Video Format DVD
Bill Bregoli, Westwood One Pure magic...Julianne Moore is positively brilliant!
Jeffrey Lyons, NBC-TV Sure to be one of the best films of the year.

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