Carrie Watts begrudgingly lives with her busy, overprotective son, Ludie, and pretentious daughter-in-law, Jessie Mae. No longer able to drive and forbidden to travel alone, she wishes for freedom from the confines of the house and begs her son to take her on a visit to her hometown of Bountiful. When he refuses, Mrs. Watts is undeterred and makes an escape to the local bus station, where she befriends Thelma, a young woman traveling home. When Ludie and Jessie Mae discover she is gone, they call in law enforcement to help, but Mrs. Watts is one step ahead of them and convinces the local sheriff to help her on her journey home to Bountiful.
Did You Know?
Despite the film being produced 29 years after The Trip to Bountiful (1985), Cicely Tyson was born less than a month after Geraldine Page, who plays Mrs Watts in the 1985 version. November 22 and December 19 1924. See more
At 34 minutes into the film, Mrs. Watts (Geraldine Page) walks from the Train Station to the Bus Depot. As she passes the last of several period correct standing cars, a reflection in the windows expose a string of parked modern vehicles. See more