The Trip to Bountiful

Synopsis: Carrie Watts is living the twilight of her life trapped in an apartment in 1940's Houston, Texas with a controlling daughter-in-law and a hen-pecked son. Her fondest wish -- just once before she dies -- is to revisit Bountiful, the small Texas town of her youth which she still refers to as "home." The trouble is her son, Ludie, is too concerned for her health to allow her to travel alone and her petty daughter-in-law, Jessie Mae, insists they don't have money to squander on bus tickets. This prompts "escape" attempts each month which coincide with the arrival of Mrs. Watts' Social Security check. Then, Mrs. Watts makes a successful escape and last trip home.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Peter Masterson
Production: Nelson Entertainment
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 6 nominations.
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108 min

I just don't understand the government.

Always late.

Rosella was glad to hear

you're working again.

She said she was cleaning some drawers

night before last...

and had come across

some pictures she'd taken...

of you and me

when we started going together.

I said, I don't care to see them.

No, thank you.

Passing of time makes me sad.

Jessie Mae, here's your recipe.

Thank you. Where did you find it?

- In your room.

- In my room?

Yes, ma'am.

Where in my room?

In your dresser drawer. Right-hand side.

- In my dresser drawer?

- Yes, ma'am.

I looked on the top of your dresser,

wasn't there, something told me...


how many times have I asked her never...

to look into my dresser drawers?

You wanted me to find the recipe.

I don't want you to go

into my dresser drawers.

I'd like a little privacy, if you don't mind.

Yes, ma'am.

And don't you ever let me catch you

looking in them again for anything.

I can't stand people snooping

in my dresser drawers.

All right. Next time you just find it yourself!

You pick that recipe up, if you please?

Pick it up yourself.

I have no intention of picking that up!

- You pick that up!

- I won't!

- Mama.

- You will!

For God's sake,

you're both acting like children.

It's 1:
30 in the morning.

- You make her pick that up.

- I won't!

You will! This is my house

and you'll do exactly as you're told!

Oh, now. I hope you're satisfied.

You have got Ludie good and upset.

- He won't sleep for the rest of the night.

- Shut up, up there!

What are you trying to do?

Get him sick again?

- Shut that goddamn radio off!

- You shut up!

You're going too far with me

one of these days, old lady!

- Jessie Mae.

- I can't stand it, Ludie.

I'm at the end of my rope.

I will not take being insulted by your mama

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Horton Foote

Albert Horton Foote Jr. (March 14, 1916 – March 4, 2009) was an American playwright and screenwriter, perhaps best known for his screenplays for the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird and the 1983 film Tender Mercies, and his notable live television dramas during the Golden Age of Television. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1995 for his play The Young Man From Atlanta and two Academy Awards, one for an original screenplay, Tender Mercies, and one for adapted screenplay, To Kill a Mockingbird. In 1995, Foote was the inaugural recipient of the Austin Film Festival's Distinguished Screenwriter Award. In describing his three-play work, The Orphans' Home Cycle, the drama critic for the Wall Street Journal said this: "Foote, who died last March, left behind a masterpiece, one that will rank high among the signal achievements of American theater in the 20th century." In 2000, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts. more…

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