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The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (2005)
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The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Evelyn Ryan, a midwestern housewife who managed to rescue her family from debt by entering contests for ad slogans sponsored by consumer product companies.
Style: touching, sentimental, sincere, uplifting, semi serious, inspirational, emotional, intense, stylized, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick, kids
Plot: optimism, advertising, underdog, americana, prize, small town, eviction, mortgage, contests and competitions, ambition, family problems, large family, parents and children, hopes, couples, couple relations, contest, husband wife relationship, gas station, dysfunctional marriage, writers, adaptation, creativity, courage, bittersweet ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 20th century, 1950s, 1960s
Place: ohio, usa

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Duration: 108 min.
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Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1964, year 1961 ...
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