Adapted by Horton Foote from his own television play, A Trip to Bountiful is set in 1947 Houston. Forced by circumstances to live her loathsome son (John Heard) and daughter-in-law (Carlin Glynn), elderly Geraldine Page wants nothing more out of life than to return to her home town of Bountiful. Escaping from her family's clutches, Page boards a ...
Adapted by Horton Foote from his own television play, A Trip to Bountiful is set in 1947 Houston. Forced by circumstances to live her loathsome son (John Heard) and daughter-in-law (Carlin Glynn), elderly Geraldine Page wants nothing more out of life than to return to her home town of Bountiful. Escaping from her family's clutches, Page boards a bus to Bountiful, where she makes the acquaintance of young Rebecca DeMornay. The two women immediately hit it off, and their trip is a most pleasant one. Eventually, sheriff Richard Bradford, ordered to find Page and bring her back to her family, catches up with the old woman just 12 miles from Bountiful. Feeling sorry for Page, Bradford permits her to complete her sentimental journey, even though he knows full well that Bountiful is now a ghost town of empty ruins and dilapidated shacks. It doesn't matter, though: Page sees Bountiful just as it was when she left it, and for the first time in years she is truly happy and at peace with herself. After several near-misses, Geraldine Page finally won an Academy Award for A Trip to Bountiful (incidentally, the original TV production, which still exists in kinescope form, starred Lillian Gish and Eva Marie Saint). Hal Erickson, Rovi
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This is an under-rated movie that deserves more attention. It is character-driven, powerful in its underlying themes about life and death. It is one of those movies with such strong characters that you end up hating and loving the movie at the same time.
I would recommend it for anyone who is interested in literature, in writing, or simply in pondering the deeper meanings of home, of family, and of 'going home' at the end of life.
Jan 5, 2009
Golden tale of last wishes
A wonderful story line, great acting, great photography and great direction came together to produce "The Trip to Bountiful," a yarn set in an era before many of us were born, but carrying a timeless message about patience, respect for the last wishes of others and precious memories. Geraldine Page won the Academy Award for best actress in 1985 for her moving portrayal of an old woman who simply wanted one more trip back to her childhood home. She finally arrived, despite all efforts to stop her, only to learn that her childhood friend, the sole occupant of the old town, had just passed away. We all hold in our minds certain pictures of places which never fade, holding steadfast in our minds when these places have changed or are gone forever. They may fade, but they are still golden. Thanks to everyone who helped make this film.