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The Trip To Bountiful Movie Review Summary

Actors: Geraldine Page, John Heard, Rebecca De Morney

Detailed Plot Synopsis of The Trip To Bountiful

Geraldine Page's final role earned her 1985's Best Actress Oscar. With only three major characters, “The Trip To Bountiful” is a less complex film than Horton Foote's Oscar-winning screenplay, 1983's “Tender Mercies.”

Ms. Page plays Carrie Watts, an elderly but sly hymn-singing woman who lives with her wimpy son Ludie (Heard) and his unhappy wife Jessie Mae in a stifling Houston apartment, amidst constant bickering and Ludie's financial inability to change things.

Carrie's final wish is to visit her childhood farm home in rural Bountiful by the Texas Gulf where her wistful memories of her own youth sustain her. Since her family won't cooperate, she sets out on her own determined to make the trip.

A bus ride with a naive Army bride Thelma (De Mornay) reminds her of youth and sets the stage for other strangers who assist her en route. This includes a local sheriff who delivers Carrie to the remains of her home. When Ludie catches up, the two share cartharses explaining a lifetime of inhibition, lost opportunities and human mortality which quite possibly will enable the three to start living in harmony.
This report prepared by Angry Jim Magin








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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's Road trip    -   Yes Ethnic/Regional/Gender story?    -   Yes Woman/class/friends story?    -   woman's story

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   60's-90's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American Unusual characteristics:    -   Physically sick    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Texas Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee Misc setting    -   moving train    -   bar

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Any profanity?    -   None If lots of song/dance...    -   lot of singing If this is a kid's movie...    -   Ages 10-15 Is this movie based on a    -   play

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