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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, writers, contest, husband wife relationship, gas station, dysfunctional marriage, adaptation, creativity, courage, bittersweet ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 20th century, 1950s, 1960s
Place: ohio, usa

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A Home of Our Own (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
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Style: touching, feel good, sentimental, emotional, realistic ...
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Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
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Style: realistic, exciting, touching, sentimental, uplifting ...
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Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1957, future
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Joy (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
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Style: inspirational, witty, stylized, realistic, sentimental ...
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Country: USA, UK, Australia
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Author P.L. Travers travels from London to Hollywood as Walt Disney Pictures adapts her novel Mary Poppins for the big screen.
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, factual, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
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Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1964, year 1961 ...
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The Glass Castle (2017)
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Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
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Style: sentimental, thought provoking, captivating, psychological, non-linear
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Time: year 1989, year 1964
Place: new york, utah, manhattan new york city, lower east side manhattan new york city, west virginia
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Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional career.
Style: uplifting, emotional, inspirational, motivational, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing
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Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
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Style: realistic, emotional, serious, touching, rough ...
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Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
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Plot: coming of age, hopes, family relations, parents and children, terminal illness, human nature, down on your luck, cons and scams, life is a bitch, betrayal, single parent, hustler ...
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Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
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Style: talky, realistic, serious, thought provoking, captivating ...
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Country: USA
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