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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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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

Carlin Glynn is actress Mary Stuart Masterson's mother. 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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Soundtracks

Blessed Assurance
Words by Fanny Crosby
Music by Phoebe Knapp
Sung by Geraldine Page and Rebecca De Mornay
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Magnificent!
22 January 2001 | by algernon4See all my reviews

I came back to read my original review of "The Trip to Bountiful" after I viewed the film again the other night. I read the other accounts of the movie and I couldn't help by get very emotional reading the words of praise for Geraldine Page's memorable performance.

The night she won the Oscar was big news in New York, where she lived and taught. One news program's crew visited a cafe where Miss Page's students were watching the ceremonies on tv. When F. Murray Abraham opened the envelope and said, "...and the winner is the greatest actress.." her students began to scream and cry BEFORE her name was called. They KNEW who had won, and so did I. I wept right along with them, just as I had done when I, a former actor, realized that very few actors would ever reach her level of artistry.

I watched "Bountiful" over and over in disbelief. Her scenes on the bus with Rebecca de Mornay were wonderful and very touching. I kept wondering HOW did she prepared herself for this?!!! When she rode, with the Sheriff through what was left of Bountiful and uttered, "My God, will you look at Bountiful..." Her walk through the old house and her gaze as she looked at the land, the trees and the birds reminded me of a visit to the old country town of my childhood, reminding me that everywhere I've ever been is still there, perhaps in a different form, but it's still there.

The reason that she got that standing ovation from the Academy Awards audience, is that it was appropriate to honor greatness and that the Oscar was going to an actor that TRULY deserved to win.

In an age that Oscars are won for okay performances, when, in other years, Oscars were truly given to deserving achievements, AND, the competition was much, much stronger.

I cannot recommend this picture more. For any aspiring actor that wants to set a goal standard for greatest, he or she must see this performance.


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