The Trip to Bountiful

7.51 h 47 min1985PG
No longer able to drive and forbidden to travel alone, Carrie Watts is trapped in an apartment in 1940’s Houston, Texas with a controlling daughter-in-law and a hen-pecked son. She plans her escape to her idealised Bountiful, the small Texas town of her youth which she still refers to as “home.”
Peter Masterson
Geraldine PageJohn HeardCarlin Glynn
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Richard BradfordRebecca De MornayKevin CooneyNorman BennettHarvey LewisKirk Sisco
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4.7 out of 5 stars

528 global ratings

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Michael E. ManesReviewed in the United States on February 14, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
This is a great family movie, a true gem
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Geraldine Page finally won an Oscar for this film, and it was well deserved. Watch how many ways she uses her hands and plays with her handkerchief. A truly great actress; she did this role perfectly. This is a great story and has been done many times on both the stage and on film. As a baby-boomer, I always come back to this version. I owned the VHS tape for almost 30 years, and could not get the DVD for several years. The product was simply not available, and suppliers were charging unfairly high prices! Finally, the blu-ray is available again; buy it. Watch it with the entire family and the ones you love. The story has a lot of messages about the importance of being part of a family and taking advantage of the (limited) time we have together.
29 people found this helpful
Nancy SnowReviewed in the United States on May 11, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A must-see during a global pandemic
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What's not to like about this film? The dialogue is superb. It is very much a play put to the screen, but that is the beauty of it. All of the characters are purposive and you get a good cry to boot. We all have our Bountiful, Texas memories, and if we are lucky, we can return for one last time as Geraldine Paige's character does to say goodbye to the birds, the salt air and her daddy. Paige would die in less than two years after completing this film, for which she won the Academy Award.
13 people found this helpful
CatherineReviewed in the United States on July 2, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Rare movie
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I saw this movie years ago and have wanted a copy for myself since I saw it. It is a hard to find movie that finally showed itself at an affordable price. The performance of Geraldine Page is absolutely as awesome and relatable as the story itself.
16 people found this helpful
DocReviewed in the United States on October 16, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Enjoyable Film, Though a Bit Sad
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I enjoyed this movie quite a bit, and Geraldine Page was wonderful in the lead role. I did very much appreciate how the characters throughout were decent people and no one tried to con or take advantage of the main character during her journey to Bountiful. Even the nasty daughter-in-law seemed to (somewhat) come around by the end of the film and drop her relentless bossiness. In this era of open hatred, corruption, and general all-around unpleasantness in the US, it was refreshing to see a film mostly about GOOD people. Definitely worth watching.
11 people found this helpful
Oldies FanReviewed in the United States on January 13, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
To Kill A Mockingbird Connection
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The screenplays for "To Kill A Mockingbird" and this movie were both written by Horton Foote. Watch for the references to mockingbirds and to a daddy who won't allow birds to be shot, during the conversation between Geraldine Paige and the sheriff on the front porch. Sheriff, front porch, daddy, and mockingbirds, oh my!
4 people found this helpful
Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on April 19, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Geraldine Page was wonderful in this movie
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Geraldine Page was wonderful in this movie. This depicts a true to life relationship between son, daughter-in-law and his mother. Failure to understand each other, the characters endure and each thinks they have a grip on the situation. Then, Mama runs away to Bountiful, where nothing is the same. BUT as her son traces his mama's movement, he finds true meaning to life.
11 people found this helpful
V KoontzReviewed in the United States on December 25, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
What a sweet movie
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If you want to see a good movie, and a bit of a trip into the past, without gimmicks, this is a wonderful movie. So glad we rented it.
7 people found this helpful
C. M. W.Reviewed in the United States on January 31, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent Film for All Ages
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I don't know how I have managed to live 47 years and never see this movie. It is a wonderful film. As a native Texan, I think the director has really captured our landscape and ethos. Highly recommend.
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