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      The Trip to Bountiful

      PG Released Jan 24, 1986 1 hr. 47 min. Drama List
      100% 10 Reviews Tomatometer 86% 1,000+ Ratings Audience Score Carrie Watts (Geraldine Page) may be old, but she suffers no shortage of spirit. When her carping daughter-in-law (Carlin Glynn) and overprotective son (John Heard) forbid her to travel alone from Houston to her childhood home in Bountiful, she strikes out anyway. Learning that trains no longer stop there, she takes a bus instead and en route meets a young woman (Rebecca De Mornay) with whom she shares both secrets and memories. Little does she know that her family has alerted the police. Read More Read Less

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      Mark C Quite frankly I consider this film one of the finest ever made if not the best. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 04/18/24 Full Review Ron F One of the very most moving plot and acting by the most memorable Geraldine Page. She won a well deserved Oscar. This is a film that becomes a part of you. It is so real. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 05/14/23 Full Review isla s This film features the quote 'if only I could not worry' - this is something I can very, very much relate to, being quite an anxious person. It's about an elderly lady who decides to up sticks and travel back to a place that holds many old memories for her, after she tires of her sons partner somewhat nipping at her heels. It's certainly a bit cheesy at times and a little slow for the story to build pace. It has the feel of a TV film about it, a Hallmark channel film (perhaps it was one? not sure). We watch as the lady opens up about her past, her mistakes etc. It's somewhat poignant at times. Not an overly appealing watch overall maybe, as in it isn't a big Hollywood blockbuster type film, the main character is someone it'd be hard not to empathise with and feel sorry for at times certainly - it mainly works well thanks to the decent performance given by Geraldine Page. The film focusses very much on her vulnerability in a social context. For the first half an hour or so of the film I wasn't sure what I thought about it but I was quite keen on it by the end. Yes, I reckon this is worth looking at if it sounds of interest. It may make you think about how we treat and regard older people perhaps. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review david f A small-scale portrait of a family confined to a tiny Texas apartment for too long and about to explode. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review steve d Extremely slow and not at all interesting. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member This is my favorite movie. Watching Geraldine page brought back memories of my grandma. Her acting was phenomenal and I was rooting for her throughout the whole movie! If you want to take yourself back to memories of your childhood home, this is the movie for you! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Dolores Barclay Associated Press The cast is marvelously filled out with John Heard as Ludie and Carlin Glynn as Jessie Mae As an ensemble it is as fine a cast as one could want. Oct 22, 2018 Full Review Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times The movie surprises us: It's not really about conflict between the generations, but about the impossibility of really understanding that you are even a member of an older generation, that decades have gone by. Rated: 3.5/4 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review David Nusair Reel Film Reviews Carrie’s exploits slowly-but-surely possess a far more engrossing and emotional bent than one might’ve initially anticipated. Rated: 3/4 May 21, 2022 Full Review Mattie Lucas From the Front Row Page's performance is so strong that it grounds the film when it threatens to disappear into its own nostalgic haze. Rated: 3/4 Jun 3, 2019 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com In this small, sharply observed tale from Horton Foote, the great Geraldine Page plays an elderly widow, who longs to go back to her idyllic small-town roots; shapeless, the film is mostly a showcase for its actors. Rated: B- Dec 31, 2006 Full Review Chuck O'Leary Fantastica Daily Rated: 4/5 Oct 9, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis Carrie Watts (Geraldine Page) may be old, but she suffers no shortage of spirit. When her carping daughter-in-law (Carlin Glynn) and overprotective son (John Heard) forbid her to travel alone from Houston to her childhood home in Bountiful, she strikes out anyway. Learning that trains no longer stop there, she takes a bus instead and en route meets a young woman (Rebecca De Mornay) with whom she shares both secrets and memories. Little does she know that her family has alerted the police.
      Director
      Peter Masterson
      Distributor
      Island Pictures
      Production Co
      Bountiful Film Partners
      Rating
      PG
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jan 24, 1986, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Sep 19, 2018
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $6.0M
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