Year: 2005
USA: DreamWorks Distribution
Cast: Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson, Laura Dern, Trevor Morgan, Ellary Porterfield, Simon Reynolds, Monte Gagne, Robert Clark, Michael Seater, Erik Knudsen, Jake Scott, Jordan Todosey, Ryan Price, Shae Norris, Abigail Falle, Luca Barbaro, Brando Barbaro, Evan Rose, Jessica Pollock, Emily Persich, Maxwell Uretsky, Brendan Price, Melanie Tonello, David Gardner, Martin Doyle, Susan Merson, Catherine Fitch, Carolyn Scott, Lindsay Leese, Tracey Hoyt, Kathryn Haggis, Noni White, Gerry Quigley, Brad Borbridge, Dan Willmott, Dan Lett, Lee Smart, Frank Chiesurin, Nora Dunn, Erin Gooderham, Jim York, Timm Zemanek, Paul Brogren, Eric Fink, Derek Keurvorst, Scott Wickware, Conrad Bergschneider, Bruce McFee
Director: Jane Anderson
Country: USA
USA: 99 mins
USA Rated: PG-13 thematic elements, some disturbing images and language
USA Release Date: 30 September 2005


Based on a true story, the film ia about Evelyn Ryan (Julianne Moore) who is a devoted housewife and mother of ten in living the 1950s. Her husband Kelly (Woody Harrelson) can't seem to make ends meet. It is Evelyn who defies the conventions of the time and finds a way to keep her family together. Using her remarkable resourcefulnes and an uncommon wit, Evelyn finds her way in the profitable jingle contest popular in the 1950s and 60s.

THE PRIZE WINNER OF DEFIANCE, OHIO is the feature film directorial debut of Jane Anderson.