The Trip to Bountiful (1985) Poster


Horton Foote would at first not allow another film version of his play, because he didn't want anybody to play Carrie except Lillian Gish. He later agreed, but only if either Geraldine Page or Kim Stanley played Carrie.
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."
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.
In the same year that Geraldine Page won the Academy Award for this film, Anne Bancroft was nominated in the same category for her acting as Mother Miriam Ruth in the film 'Agnes of God'. Page played the same role for over 599 times and also received a Tony Award nomination for a Broadway play version of 'Agnes of God'.
The fictional town of Harrison, Texas was based on Wharton, Texas, the hometown of playwright Horton Foote.
With this performance, Geraldine Page became the first person to win an Oscar and an Independent Spirit Award for the same film.
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.
The Broadway production of "A Trip To Bountiful" by Horton Foote opened at Henry Miller's Theater on November 3, 1953 running 309 performances and starring Lillian Gish, Gene Lyons, Jo Van Fleet and Eva Marie Saint. Lillian Gish and Eva Marie Saint recreated their roles from the original teleplay broadcast on NBC on March 1, 1953.

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