The Trip to Bountiful (1985) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • 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>
  • Carrie Watts may be old, but she suffers no shortage of spirit. When her carping daughter-in-law and overprotective son (John Heard) forbid her to travel alone from Houston to her childhood home in Bountiful, she strikes out anyway. Learning that trains no longer stop there, she takes a bus instead and en route meets a young woman with whom she shares both secrets and memories. Little does she know that her family has alerted the police.

    - Written by Jwelch5742
  • In 1940s Texas, an elderly woman is determined to visit her childhood home for one last time.


Houston, April 1947. "Mama" Carrie Watts has lived with her son Ludie and his disagreeable wife Jessie Mae in a small apartment for 15 years...

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