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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.

Director:

Peter Masterson

Writers:

Horton Foote (screenplay), Horton Foote (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Harvey Lewis ... Second Bus Ticket Man
Kirk Sisco Kirk Sisco ... Train Ticket Agent
Dave Tanner Dave Tanner ... Billy Davis
Gil Glasgow ... Stationmaster Gerard
Mary Kay Mars Mary Kay Mars ... Rosella
Wezz Tildon Wezz Tildon ... Bus Passenger
Peggy Ann Byers Peggy Ann Byers ... Downstairs Neighbor
David Romo 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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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

En busca de la plenitud See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Worth, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,387, 22 December 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,466,662
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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'. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Mrs. Carrie Watts: I don't know of anything prettier, than a scissortail flyin' through the sky!
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Softly and Tenderly
Arranged, conducted and produced by J.A.C. Redford
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Geraldine's finest hour
14 January 1999 | by Boyo-2See all my reviews

When F. Murray Abraham opened the envelope to reveal the Best Actress winner that year, he said "I consider this woman the finest actress in the world", and its hard to argue that point. She owns this movie and no one else would have done it as beautifully. Thank God this movie was done before she passed.


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