The Trip to Bountiful

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
This article is about the 1985 film. For the play, see The Trip to Bountiful (play).
The Trip to Bountiful
Trip to bountiful.jpg
Directed by Peter Masterson
Produced by Horton Foote
Sterling Van Wagenen
Written by Horton Foote
Starring Geraldine Page
John Heard
Carlin Glynn
Richard Bradford
Rebecca De Mornay
Music by J.A.C. Redford
Cinematography Fred Murphy
Edited by Jay Freund
Production
  company
Bountiful Film Partners
FilmDallas Pictures
Distributed by Island Pictures
Release date(s)
  • December 20, 1985 (1985-12-20)
Running time 108 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $7,491,903

The Trip to Bountiful is a 1985 film starring Geraldine Page, John Heard, Carlin Glynn, Richard Bradford and Rebecca De Mornay. Geraldine Page won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance as Carrie Watts. The movie was adapted by Horton Foote from his television play. The Trip to Bountiful premiered March 1, 1953 on NBC-TV, directed by Vincent J. Donehue with Lillian Gish, Eileen Heckart and Eva Marie Saint. Lillian Gish and Eva Marie Saint reprised their roles when Donehue took the play to Broadway later that year for a total of 39 performances. A Broadway revival starring Cicely Tyson, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Vanessa Williams and Condola Rashad opened in April 2013.

The Bountiful of the title is a fictitious Texas town. (See Bountiful for other places by this name.) Although set in Houston, Texas (as was the original play), the movie was filmed by director Peter Masterson in Dallas.

The film features an all-star cast including John Heard and Geraldine Page and a soundtrack by J.A.C. Redford featuring Will Thompson's "Softly and Tenderly" sung by Grammy-award winner Cynthia Clawson. The film won the Academy Award for Best Actress (Page) and was nominated for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium.

Plot[edit]

The film, set in the 1940s, tells the story of an elderly woman, Carrie Watts (Page), who wants to return home to the small town where she grew up, but is frequently stopped from leaving Houston, Texas by her daughter-in-law and an overprotective son who will not let her travel alone.

Old Mrs. Watts is determined to outwit her son and bossy daughter-in-law, and sets out to catch a train, only to find that trains do not go to Bountiful anymore. She eventually boards a bus to a town near her childhood home. On the journey, she befriends a girl traveling alone (DeMornay) and reminisces about her younger years and grieves for her lost relatives. Her son and daughter-in-law eventually track her down, with the help of the local police force. However, Mrs. Watts is determined. The local sheriff, moved by her yearning to visit her girlhood home, offers to drive her out to what remains of Bountiful. The village is deserted, and the few remaining houses are derelict. Mrs. Watts is moved to tears as she surveys her father's land and the remains of the family home. Her son eventually turns up, and drives her back to Houston.

Cast[edit]

Home media[edit]

On April 12, 2005, MGM released The Trip to Bountiful on DVD in region 1 US in a widescreen format.

Awards[edit]

Academy Award

Boston Society of Film Critics Award

Golden Globe Award

Independent Spirit Award

Mainichi Film Concours

Writers Guild of America Award

Remake[edit]

A made-for-television remake premiered on March 8, 2014 on the Lifetime network. The film featured Cicely Tyson in the lead role as Mrs. Carrie Watts, Vanessa Williams as Jessie Mae, Blair Underwood as Ludie and Keke Palmer as Thelma. Tyson and Williams also appeared in the Broadway revival prior to this.[citation needed]

Awards
Award Date of ceremony Category Recipients and nominees Result
Critics' Choice Television Award[1] June 19, 2014 Best Movie Nominated
Best Actress in a Movie/Miniseries Cicely Tyson Nominated
Best Supporting Actor in a Movie/Miniseries Blair Underwood Nominated
66th Primetime Emmy Awards August 25, 2014 Outstanding Television Movie Pending
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries or Movie Cicely Tyson Pending

References[edit]

  1. ^ Davis, Clayton (May 28, 2014). "Critics' Choice Television Award Nominations Announced!". The Awards Circuit. Retrieved May 28, 2014. 

External links[edit]