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The Trip to Bountiful (1985)

PG | | Drama | 24 January 1986 (USA)
In 1940s Texas, an elderly woman is determined to visit her childhood home for one last time.

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

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Ludie Watts
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Jessie Mae
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Sheriff
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Roy
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First Bus Ticket Man
Harvey Lewis ...
Second Bus Ticket Man
Kirk Sisco ...
Train Ticket Agent
Dave Tanner ...
Billy Davis
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Stationmaster Gerard
Mary Kay Mars ...
Rosella
Wezz Tildon ...
Bus Passenger
Peggy Ann Byers ...
Downstairs Neighbor
David Romo ...
Mexican Man
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Storyline

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 <mfleetwo@mail.coin.missouri.edu>

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Drama

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24 January 1986 (USA)  »

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En busca de la plenitud  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$8,387 (USA) (22 December 1985)

Gross:

$7,466,662 (USA)
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Trivia

Jo Van Fleet won the 1954 Tony Award (New York City) for Supporting or Features Actress in a Drama for "The Trip to Bountiful" for her portrayal of Jessie Mae Watts. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Mrs. Carrie Watts: I guess when you've lived longer than your house and your family, then you've lived long enough.
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Connections

Referenced in Miracles & Mercies (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Ray John Murray
Written, conducted and produced by J.A.C. Redford
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Geraldine's finest hour
14 January 1999 | by See all my reviews

When F. Murray Abraham opened the envelope to reveal the Best Actress winner that year, he said "I consider this woman the finest actress in the world", and its hard to argue that point. She owns this movie and no one else would have done it as beautifully. Thank God this movie was done before she passed.


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