The Trip To Bountiful (1985)


“I guess when you’ve lived longer than your house and your family, then you’ve lived long enough.” – Carrie Watts

Number of Times Seen – 1 (18 Sep 2019)

Brief Synopsis – An elderly woman wishes to visit the home of her youth before she dies but her son and daughter-in-law do their best to try and stop her from making the journey.

My Take on it – This is a film that I heard about years ago, but dreaded watching since I assumed that it would be quite boring to watch.

In my quest to watch all films with Oscar nominated performances, I decided to finally give this one a shot.

I’m quite glad that I finally got around to watching it.

This film works quite well largely due to the great performance by Geraldine Page that helps bring this character and her story to life.

The story line is one of nostalgia and they are able to keep that aura alive throughout the film.

The pacing is a bit on the slow side, yet the dialogue helps enhance things because it’s written so well and realistically.

The conversations between the characters helps give the viewer a much better understanding  of the reasons behind all that transpires here.

Page is truly the best part of this film because she plays her character in a way that comes across as being both heartwarming and humorous about the various situations that she gets herself in to as she strives to find a way to revisit the town of her youth before she dies.

It is not surprising at all that she was able to win an Oscar for Best Actress for her performance here.

I have no doubt that this film also is quite enjoyable as a stage play, but they are given some great opportunities on screen that help add another layer to this story and makes things even more interesting the whole way through.

Bottom Line – Interesting story that works largely due to Page’s performance and a very nostalgic kind of storyline. The film moves pretty slowly, but the excellent dialogue makes it worthwhile to watch unfold as we slowly get a better understanding of the reasons behind everything that is happening.  Page does a wonderful job with the lead role and it’s not surprising that she won an Oscar for Best Actress for this role which is both heartwarming and humorous at the same time.  I’m sure that this story plays out well as a stage play, but adapting it to the screen add another layer that helps keep it even more interesting from start to finish. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Horton Foote would at first not allow another film version of his play, because he didn’t want anybody to play Carrie except Lillian Gish. He later agreed, but only if either Geraldine Page or Kim Stanley played Carrie. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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2 thoughts on “The Trip To Bountiful (1985)

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