Carrie Watts (Geraldine Page) is in the twilight of her life, living with her son and his wife in their cramped apartment. Her one wish is to return to Bountiful, her childhood home, but she is repeatedly stopped by her son and daughter-in law who are concerned, both for her health and the fact she is squandering their money. Each time she tries to escape she is caught, until finally she eludes everyone and catches a bus to Bountiful. On her journey she meets and strikes up a conversation with a young woman (Rebecca De Mornay), to whom she recounts the story of her life.
- The Trip to Bountiful review by Swambi
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This film has had generally positive reviews, but I found it only moderately interesting and too long.
The story line is very simple, although slightly contrived and unbelievable [** spoilers follow**]. Mrs Watts has been wanting to return to her childhood home for many years and finally makes a successful escape, only to find that the last inhabitant has already died. Having seen her old home she returns with her son and daughter in law in a better frame of mind (possibly). The plot is almost entirely tilted to sympathy for Mrs Watt's plight, although it seems a slightly incredible situation.
Mrs Watts (Geraldine Page) and to a lesser extent Thelma (Rebecca de Mornay) give impressive performances, but the lines often seemed stilted, the flow of the plot uneven, and characters such as Jessie Mae more caricatures than characters.
The quality of the DVD is somewhat blurry and although the coach travel and recreation of the period are good, I didn't find this compensating for poor script, pointless dead-ends in the plot and the unduly long running time for such a simple story.