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
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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
When Mother Watts is resting in the chair after her sinking spell, the phone rings and Jessie Mae takes a puff of her cigarette and then puts it in the ashtray when she gets up to answer the phone. Then when you see her answer the phone, she is again holding the lit cigarette in her other hand. See more
Mrs. Carrie Watts
I don't know of anything prettier, than a scissortail flyin' through the sky!
Referenced in Oscar's Greatest Moments
Words by Fanny Crosby
Music by Phoebe Knapp
Sung by Geraldine Page
and Rebecca De Mornay See more