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Geraldine Page won an Oscar for Best Actress playing "Carrie Watts" in 1985’s "The Trip to Bountiful." Appearing alongside Ms. Page in this film were John Heard (playing her son), Carlin Glynn, and Rebecca De Mornay. The film’s plot is set in 1940s Houston, Texas where Carrie Watts is an aging widow living out her twilight years in the care of her son and controlling daughter-in-law. Carrie has a strong desire to travel to the town of Bountiful, her childhood hometown one last time. Although she openly expresses her yearnings to go back to Bountiful, the family stops her from going.

According to Carrie, Bountiful was a wonderful town filled with idyllic farmland where crops would shoot up from the earth whenever somebody simply sprinkled seeds on the ground. She just wants to see it with her own eyes on more time while she is still able. Getting to Bountiful means that Carrie has to slip away while no one in the household is aware. When she discovers that the trains no longer go to Bountiful, she buys a bus ticket to the nearest town to Bountiful. Along the way, she meets and befriends a young woman traveling solo (played by Rebecca De Mornay) who listens intently while Carrie recounts the events of her younger years.

When her son and daughter-in-law discover that she has left, they set out to find her. With the help of the police, they track her down. Upon confrontation with the sheriff who finds her, Carrie informs him of the nature of her pilgrimage. She persuades him to take her in his car to see what is left of Bountiful after all these years. What she discovers there is a forgotten and deserted town. Her childhood village is now just dry land and the empty shells of abandoned houses. Carrie’s eyes tear up at the site of her abandoned old family homestead. When her son finally catches up, Carrie agrees to get into the car for that long ride home to Houston.

The Trip to Bountiful is an Drama movie that was released in 1985 and has a run time of 1 hr 48 min. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.5 and a MetaScore of 81.

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| 1985 | 1 hr 48 min | 7.5/10 | 81/100
Geraldine Page, John Heard, Carlin Glynn, Richard Bradford
Peter Masterson
Produced By
Horton Foote, Sterling Van Wagenen