The Trip to Bountiful

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Time Out says

Jessie Mae (Glynn) refuses her mother-in-law (Page) her one pleasure in life: singing hymns. The doughty old lady lights out for a sentimental journey to her birthplace and her past, meeting all kinds of decent friendly folks along the way. Scripted by Horton Foote from his own play, this is a fragile blend of moods and memories with one solid showcase role for a skilled actress. Geraldine Page seizes her chance, though she is too generous to swamp the supporting players. Masterson's images of small-town America are imbued with a luminous and melancholy nostalgia, but otherwise the film is not mounted with any special imagination, and its fusty, old-fashioned (not to say reactionary) lauding of homespun values sticks in the craw.
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Release details

UK release:

1985

Duration:

107 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Peter Masterson

Cast:

Rebecca De Mornay, Richard Bradford, Carlin Glynn, John Heard, Geraldine Page, Kevin Cooney

Music:

JAC Redford

Production Designer:

Neil Spisak

Editor:

Jay Freund

Cinematography:

Fred Murphy

Screenwriter:

Horton Foote

Producer:

Horton Foote, Sterling Van Wagenen

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