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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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
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 guess when you've lived longer than your house and your family, then you've lived long enough.
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The Trip to Bountiful: End Credits
Written, conducted and produced by J.A.C. Redford See more