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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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Cast

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Sheriff
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Thelma
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Roy
Norman Bennett ...
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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24 January 1986 (USA)  »

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En busca de la plenitud  »

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$7,466,662 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Geraldine Page'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 »

Goofs

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 »

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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Bus Ride
Written, conducted and produced by J.A.C. Redford
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User Reviews

A Great Loss
11 May 2001 | by (Houston,Tx) – See all my reviews

All I can say is Ms Page is my favorite.We all miss her.I have watched this movie dozens of times and am struck by what an outstanding performance she gives us in this picture.

Yes I do indeed cry everytime I watch this film and think it will always touch me whenever I see it.I have my copy of it but it is becoming rather used so I intend on purchasing another.

I don't think the world will ever see the likes of another Geraldine Page,at least not in my life time.What a great loss.


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