Carrie Watts is living the twilight of her life trapped in an apartment in 1940's Houston, Texas with a controlling daughter-in-law and a hen-pecked son. Her fondest wish -- just once before she dies -- is to revisit Bountiful, the small Texas town of her youth which she still refers to as "home." The trouble is her son, Ludie, is too concerned for her health to allow her to travel alone and her petty daughter-in-law, Jessie Mae, insists they don't have money to squander on bus tickets. This prompts "escape" attempts each month which coincide with the arrival of Mrs. Watts' Social Security check. Then, Mrs. Watts makes a successful escape and last trip home. Written by
Mark Fleetwood <email@example.com>
Did You Know?
's actual twin sons appear in the film. They are standing behind her in line at the bus station as she purchases a ticket. See more
While Mother Watts is at the bus stop you see the bus approach. The head-sign says Montrose, which is just west of downtown Houston. If you look at the terrain, it is sloped not true rolling hills, but still somewhat hilly. Houston is flat as a board. These hills are reminiscent of the Dallas/Irvine area. See more
Mrs. Carrie Watts
I guess when you've lived longer than your house and your family, then you've lived long enough.
Featured in Return to Bountiful
Softly and Tenderly
Written by Will L. Thompson
Sung by Cynthia Clawson See more