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Release Date:
24 January 1986 (USA) See more »
In 1940s Texas, an elderly woman is determined to visit her childhood home for one last time. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Won Oscar. Another 6 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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A glorious adventure of the spirit! See more (62 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Geraldine Page ... Mrs. Watts

John Heard ... Ludie Watts

Carlin Glynn ... Jessie Mae

Richard Bradford ... Sheriff

Rebecca De Mornay ... Thelma

Kevin Cooney ... Roy

Norman Bennett ... First Bus Ticket Man
Harvey Lewis ... Second Bus Ticket Man
Kirk Sisco ... Train Ticket Agent
Dave Tanner ... Billy Davis

Gil Glasgow ... Stationmaster Gerard
Mary Kay Mars ... Rosella
Wezz Tildon ... Bus Passenger
Peggy Ann Byers ... Downstairs Neighbor
David Romo ... Mexican Man
Tony Torn ... Twin
John Torn ... Twin

Alexandra Masterson ... Drugstore Waitress
Don Wyse ... Doctor
Marilee Van Wagenen ... Family on Bus (as Marilee VanWagenen)
Arthur Van Wagenen ... Family on Bus (as Arthur VanWagenen)
William Van Wagenen ... Family on Bus (as Willie VanWagenen)
Hugh Van Wagenen ... Family on Bus (as Hugh VanWagenen)
Andrew Van Wagenen ... Family on Bus (as Andrew VanWagenen)
Jim Drake ... Bus Station Derelict (as James Drake)
Larry Langley ... News Vendor

Peter Masterson ... Newspaper Boy (as Peter Masterson Jr.)
Allison Marich ... Blonde on Bus
Ed Johnston ... Man on Bus
Frances Peterson ... Young Carrie Watts
Dean Dewulf ... Young Ludie Watts
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Russell White ... Bus Boy (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Masterson 
Writing credits
Horton Foote (screenplay)

Horton Foote (play)

Produced by
Dennis Bishop .... line producer
Horton Foote .... producer
Sam Grogg .... executive producer
Sterling Van Wagenen .... producer (as Sterling VanWagenen)
George Yaneff .... executive producer
Original Music by
J.A.C. Redford 
Cinematography by
Fred Murphy 
Film Editing by
Jay Freund 
Production Design by
Neil Spisak 
Art Direction by
Philip Lamb 
Set Decoration by
Derek R. Hill 
Costume Design by
Gary Jones 
Makeup Department
Nena Smarz .... hair stylist
Kelvin R. Trahan .... hair designer
Jimi White .... makeup artist
Production Management
Stephen McEveety .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stephen McEveety .... first assistant director
Mike Schilz .... second assistant director (as Michael Schilz)
Art Department
E.W. Bradford .... construction coordinator (as Bill Bradford)
John Gatlin .... painter
Jerry G. Henery .... carpenter (as Jerry Henry)
Wendell A. Bud Hill II .... assistant set decorator (as Wendell A. 'Bud' Hill II)
Robert Joyce .... property master
Paul D. Kelly .... draftsman (as Paul Kelly)
Benny Miles .... carpenter
Tim Short .... carpenter
Darla Thompson .... assistant property master
Sound Department
Anthony J. Ciccolini III .... supervising sound editor
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Susan Demskey-Horiuchi .... assistant sound editor (as Susan Demskey)
Tom Fleischman .... re-recording mixer
John Pritchett .... sound mixer
Joel Shryack .... boom operator
Jeffrey Stern .... sound editor (as Jeff Stern)
Visual Effects by
Moses Weitzman .... optical effects designer: EFX Unlimited
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Alcala .... electrician
Thomas Alcala .... gaffer
Timothy Blair .... electrician
Peter Calvin .... still photographer
Don Devine .... first assistant camera
Gerrit Garretsen .... best boy grip (as Gerrit W. Garretsen)
Gerrit Garretsen .... dolly grip (as Gerrit W. Garretsen)
Robert Guerrero .... second assistant camera (as Robert Guerrero Jr.)
Johnny Gutierrez .... best boy electric (as Johnny L. Gutierrez)
Deana Newcomb .... still photographer
Michael Pagan .... grip (as Michael M. Pagan)
Kerry Rike .... key grip
Carl D. Stitt .... grip (as Carl Dean Stitt)
Mike Swenson .... electrician (as Michael Swenson)
Greg Williams .... grip
R. Michael Yope .... electrician (as Michael Yope)
Casting Department
Ed Johnston .... casting coordinator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rondi Hillstrom Davis .... assistant costume designer
Deborah DeJulia .... costumer
Taneia Lednicky .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Elizabeth Canney .... editing room assistant
Fred Koevary .... negative cutter
Josephine Nericcio .... assistant editor
Christine P. Williams .... assistant editor
Joan Zapata .... editing room assistant
Location Management
Joe Dishner .... location manager
Eric Truax .... location assistant (uncredited)
Music Department
Norman Kasow .... composer: source music
Joel Moss .... scoring mixer (as Joel W. Moss)
LeAnn A. Redford .... assistant to composer
Paul Ukena .... musical consultant (as Paul Ukena Jr.)
Deborah Vowler .... musician: Chopin opus 18, no. 1
Transportation Department
Robert L. Davis .... driver
Alvin Milliken .... transportation coordinator
Dennis Milliken .... driver
Jack Mounger .... driver
Other crew
Stephen M. Chudej .... production assistant
Connie Dolph .... production assistant
Anna Downing .... assistant to producer
David Jeppson .... production assistant
Dave Keagler .... production assistant
Beth Kirchner .... production coordinator
Cheryl Kurk .... assistant to executive producer
Alexandra Masterson .... production assistant
Renee Milliken .... production secretary
James Pullen .... period car coordinator (as Jim Pullen)
James Redford .... assistant: Mr. Masterson
Phil Shirey .... production assistant
Kate Singleton .... manager: The Main Street Program, Waxahachie, TX
Zane L. Steadman Jr. .... production assistant
Barbara-Ann Stein .... production auditor
George Toomer Jr. .... craft service
Frank Tudisco .... script supervisor
Steven Lynn Walker .... production assistant (as Stephen Lynn Walker)
Greg Webb .... title designer
Ernest Z. Frausto .... development and finance counsel (uncredited)
Ellen Chenoweth .... thanks
David Doty .... thanks
L.T. Felty .... thanks
Michael Hausman .... thanks
Barbara Matera .... thanks
Ann Roth .... thanks
Alan Shapiro .... thanks
Juliet Taylor .... thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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108 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Upon presenting the Best Actress Oscar to Geraldine Page in 1986, presenter F. Murray Abraham declared, "I consider this woman to be the finest actress in the English language."See more »
Errors in geography: 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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Softly and TenderlySee more »


What's the name of the hymn we hear singing at the openning credits ?
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22 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
A glorious adventure of the spirit!, 16 September 2004
Author: Timothy Kirby from Evanston, Illinois

Carrie Watts (Oscar winning Geraldine Page) has been cooped up in a 2 room Houston apartment with her meek son and her outspoken daughter-in-law for twenty years. Getting on in her years, and equipped with a bad heart, her only wish is to see her home on the southern coast of Texas (Bountiful) before she dies. She has often attempted to go there, but always seems to get caught before she can even get on the bus. But one glorious day, she does manage to escape the confines of the apartment and her critical daughter-in-law, and thus, her adventure does begin. Mrs. Watts encounters a delightful young lady (Rebecca de Mornay)and relates her life story, sings hymns to her heart's content, and finally, through sheer will and perseverance, does make it to Bountiful, where she discovers that her one time home is now a timeworn shell. Here, she rediscovers her past, and all of the emotions she experiences and shares with us are to be treasured for generations to come. Geraldine Page is so masterful and in every frame of this monumental film, that we tend to forget that she is even acting. Her character could be our grandmother, our mother, and we come to love this eccentric character as though she were family. One of the most charming movies ever made!

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