Geraldine Page's Oscar-winning lead performance was as much a surprise as the success of this sleeper of a movie, first seen on television in 1953 with Lillian Gish. Homespun playwright Horton Foote got an Oscar nomination for his adaptation of his own play about an elderly woman on a bus ride home to the town where she was raised. The Trip to Bountiful is one of the few films to examine the difficult emotions of aging straightforwardly, without becoming too maudlin. The underrated Rebecca de Mornay breaks away from her glamour roles to show her range in a key supporting part. The film went against the cynical grain of its era and unabashedly embraced old-fashioned cinematic virtues, under the direction of Peter Masterson.
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Adapted by Horton Foote from his own television play, A Trip to Bountiful is set in 1947 Houston. Forced by circumstances to leave 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).
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