Books on Film: 'The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio'
Based on Terry Ryan's memoir:
Set in the 1950s. A housewife and mother of 10 becomes the best "contester" in America, by winning cash and prizes with her entries for advertising jingles and slogans. She uses her winnings and her relentless cheerfulness to help her family survive poverty and the terrors of their household.
Starring Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson, and Laura Dern.
Directed by Jane Anderson.
2005, 99 mins. Rated PG-13.
Showing in Room A-5, on the Lower Level.