The Trip to Bountiful ()

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

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Mrs. Watts
Ludie Watts
Jessie Mae
First Bus Ticket Man
Harvey Lewis ...
Second Bus Ticket Man
Kirk Sisco ...
Train Ticket Agent
Dave Tanner ...
Billy Davis
Stationmaster Gerard
Mary Kay Mars ...
Wezz Tildon ...
Bus Passenger
Peggy Ann Byers ...
Downstairs Neighbor
David Romo ...
Mexican Man
Tony Torn ...
John Torn ...
Drugstore Waitress
Don Wyse ...
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
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

Written by

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

Music by

J.A.C. Redford

Cinematography by

Fred Murphy

Film Editing by

Jay Freund

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

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) / 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

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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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • Mémoires du Texas (France)
  • Heimkehr nach Bountiful (Germany)
  • Regreso a Bountiful (Spain)
  • El regreso a Bountiful (Spain)
  • O Regresso para Bountiful (Brazil)
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  • 108 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $8,387, 22 Dec 1985

Did You Know?

Trivia 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. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in The 58th Annual Academy Awards (1986). See more »
Soundtracks Softly and Tenderly 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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