The Trip to Bountiful

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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
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 dates
  • 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 of the same name.

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.[1] 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 post-WWII 1940s, tells the story of an elderly woman, Carrie Watts (Page), who wants to return to her home, the small, rural agriculture based town (which was of course destroyed by the Depression and the Dust Bowl), where she grew up on the eve of the Great Depression, but she's frequently stopped from leaving Houston, Texas by her daughter-in-law and her overprotective son who will not let her travel alone. Her son and daughter-in-law both know that the town has long since disappeared, due to the Depression. Long-term out-migration was caused by the draw-down of all the town's able-bodied men to the wartime draft calls and by the demand for industrial workers in the war production plants of the big cities.

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]

  • Geraldine Page as Mrs. Watts
  • John Heard as Ludie Watts
  • Carlin Glynn as Jessie Mae
  • Richard Bradford as Sheriff
  • Rebecca De Mornay as Thelma
  • Kevin Cooney as Roy
  • Norman Bennett as First Bus Ticket Man
  • Harvey Lewis as Second Bus Ticket Man
  • Kirk Sisco as Train Ticket Agent
  • Dave Tanner as Billy Davis
  • Gil Glasgow as Stationmaster, Gerard
  • Mary Kay Mars as Rosella
  • Wezz Tildon as Bus Passenger
  • Peggy Ann Byers as Downstairs Neighbor
  • David Romo as Mexican Man
  • Tony Torn as Twin
  • John Torn as Twin
  • Alexandra Masterson as Drugstore Waitress
  • Don Wyse as Doctor

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[2] 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 Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries or Movie Cicely Tyson Nominated
21st Screen Actors Guild Awards January 25, 2015 Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie Cicely Tyson Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Liverett, David (2005). This Is My Story: 146 of the World's Greatest Gospel Singers. Thomas Nelson, Inc. ISBN 1-4185-0607-9. P. 45.
  2. ^ Davis, Clayton (May 28, 2014). "Critics' Choice Television Award Nominations Announced!". The Awards Circuit. Retrieved May 28, 2014. 

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