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The Trip to Bountiful (1985)

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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Drama

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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 »

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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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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 guess when you've lived longer than your house and your family, then you've lived long enough.
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You Can't Go Home Again.....
12 August 2003 | by wrdiggsSee all my reviews

The effects of the aging process is touchingly portrayed by Geraldine Page in this warm human drama set in rural Texas in 1947.

Carrie Watts (Page), now a lonely widow, is being taken care of by her son, Ludie (John Heard) and his wife Jessie Mae (Carlin Glynn) in a cramped two-room apartment in Houston.

The two women spend all of their time being irritable to each other while Ludie is caught in the middle. Though trying admirably to do the right thing by the two women in his life, the situation is tense.

Carrie yearns to return to the family farm where she grew up, hoping to recapture some of the happiness of her youth. She has even tried to run away a few times, only to be stopped by her son and daughter-in-law who, in spite of their differences are only trying to spare her the disappointment of what she may find.

Her hometown, Bountiful, now basicly no longer exists. The people just "used up the land and moved on". All that remains are a few abandoned and deteriorating buildings, including her childhood home. Nevertheless, Carrie finally succeeds in slipping away.

On the way, she meets a young wife, Thelma (Rebecca DeMornay), whose husband is overseas in the military behind enemy lines. As they converse, it is obvious they are both on a quest, Carrie to recapture her youth and Thelma to hold on to hers, not knowing if she will ever see her husband again. Until he returns, she is going back to stay with her parents. The two women form a bond and find each other a source of strength on the long bus ride. Though we hope for Thelma's eventual happiness, somehow we know that only disillusionment awaits Carrie in Bountiful.

Filmed as a play with the advantages of outdoor scenery, the entire cast and crew did a splendid job, presenting a difficult subject in a tasteful manner. Page won an Oscar in what was to be her last role shortly before her death. Besides the other supporting players, Richard Bradford was also outstanding as the compassionate Sheriff who helped Carrie obtain her goal. The period pieces, all of those old 40's automobiles and the architecture and scenery, the general "feel" of small-town Texas during that era, helped add to the realism of the film. THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL should be recognized as a national treasure.


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