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The Trip to Bountiful (1986)

Geraldine Page , John Heard , Peter Masterson  |  PG |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Geraldine Page, John Heard, Carlin Glynn, Richard Bradford, Rebecca De Mornay
  • Directors: Peter Masterson
  • Writers: Horton Foote
  • Producers: Dennis Bishop, George Yaneff, Horton Foote, Sam Grogg, Sterling Van Wagenen
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: FilmDallas Pictures; MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: April 12, 2005
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00079ZA2W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,978 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Trip to Bountiful" on IMDb

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A "richly textured" (Leonard Maltin) and triumphant tale of an elderly woman's journey home, The Trip to Bountiful stars Geraldine Page in "the performance of a lifetime" (Variety) – and a role that won* her an Academy Award®. "Funny, adventurous, suspenseful…but ultimately uplifting as a demonstration of the human spirit" (Los Angeles Times), The Trip to Bountiful is "perfect on just about every level" (Boxoffice)! Carrie Watts (Page) is an elderly woman with a weak heart – but of strong determination. Trapped in a tiny apartment under the care of her cowardly son and his shrewish wife, Carrie is determined to escape and return to her girlhood home. Seizing her chance – and her meager Social Security check – Carrie sets out on an unforgettable quest to make peace with her past…and the secrets of her heart that draw her ever homeward.

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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An American treasure... on an excellent DVD April 23, 2005
By dooby
This wonderfully heart-warming movie is finally on DVD. Based on the 50 year old play by Horton Foote, it tells of an elderly woman's quest to return one last time to her childhood home. Knowing her life is coming to a close, she gets on a Greyhound bus heading for a town (Bountiful, Texas) that no longer exists. Chased by her weakling of a son (John Heard) and his shrewish wife (Carlin Glynn), accompanied along the way by a gentle and kindly young lady (the lovely Rebecca De Mornay), who acts almost like her guardian angel, and framed at beginning and end by Cynthia Clawson's rendition of the hymn "Softly and Tenderly", "Trip to Bountiful" is truly an American classic. Geraldine Page deservedly won an Academy Award for this at the end of a long and illustrious career.

MGM has released this on a double-sided DVD with the original 1.85:1 theatrical version (anamorphic) on one side and a fullscreen version (either open-matte or extracted from a super35) on the other. Picture quality is excellent with rich, natural colors and good black levels. There is very little dirt, the picture looks quite immaculate. Sound is the original 2.0 Mono but with excellent fidelity. My only disappointment is that this would have been the perfect opportunity to release a Special 20th Anniversary Edition. But I suppose MGM figured there would be no market for that. Shame. Still, we do have a 22 minute, brand new documentary entitled "Return to Bountiful" and the original theatrical trailer. All in all, no regrets buying this one. A true American treasure.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars listen to the MEMORIES March 4, 2002
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
Geraldine Paige creates a masterful memory of her home and
all the joys , activities and sadness that made it a house
full of love...In my work as a hospital chaplain I daily see
how important it is for seniors to share their memories with
friends and especially younger family members. Trip to bountful
gives us a symbolic understanting of the life review which
normally takes place as we age...and these memories are important and life-giving to all of us....That is why she sings the old
songs and hymns because they carry with them the group memory of who she is and what she means to other people...The son does not understand this in the beginning but then he catches on and the relationship between mother and son completely changes..This happens in nursing homes, and in home care when seniors are listened to and their stories are told and reverenced they begin to own their new surroundings and more easily make new friends
as they go on with their long lives...we all will have to face
something like this in our own families , so why not see the
movie and study it, and it will bring you to BOUNTIFUL.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FIVE STARS AND MORE PLEASE!!! July 30, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Add me to those that find this truly, beautifully inspiring film so moving that it is timeless! A true classic film, made at a time when most movies being made are trash and garbage. This film deserves more than five stars. The story, the acting, the cinematography and the haunting musical score are all worthy of awards. This little known film is what is known as a 'sleeper'...meaning that it is extraordinary in every sense of the word, but that many do not know about it. The first time I saw this film, I wept many tears at the end. Geraldine Page truly deserved the Oscar for this performance and for a wonderful career. She died not long after she received her Oscar but I'll never forget night she at long last won!

I also join on the bandwagon for those who want this film to be released on DVD to be kept forever. This one is a true classic that stands out from all of the wicked, evil that is being turned out by Hollywood today.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Long Overdue Gem with A Few Quibbles May 2, 2005
It's easy to see by some of these older reviews that this is a long-awaited release. I've had the VHS for years and I was happy to see the DVD available, and at a cheap price. Unfortunately, that price also meant that I wasn't going to see the extras that I have now come to expect from all DVDs.

Geraldine Page won the Oscar for her role here, and she was up against Whoopi Goldberg's powerful performance in The Color Purple. They had it in for Spielberg, anyway, but at least you could say that Ms. Page's win was not a sympathy vote. She was brilliant as Carrie Watts. Fans of Bette Midler may recognize John Heard, who plays Carrie's impotent but sympathetic son as CeCe Bloom's husband in the film classic, "Beaches", which has also been re-released on DVD.

I think a word or two has to be said about the haunting theme song, "Softly and Tenderly", sung so beautifully by gospel legend Cynthia Clawson. It appears on her album "Immortal", which by now may be available on CD from her website. But every time I drive to Texas and see the bluebonnets by the side of the road, I think of Ms. Clawson's beautiful voice. My wish for this DVD would have been for them to explain, in the relatively short "making-of" documentary, the music choices and how this song and this singer came to be chosen. It was an excellent decision, however it came about.

The quality of the DVD was not quite up to standard in my opinion. It looks as if they just recorded it straight off the tape without any cleanup, colors seem dark and muddied in places. I had hoped this classic film would have been treated with better respect when it came time to digitize it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars The Trip to Bountiful
Tape was fine; good movie.. I did think it was costly to be an old, old, movie.
Published 11 days ago by Elizabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Bad copy...
Published 15 days ago by Lyndy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this movie will worth the money
Published 27 days ago by eve
5.0 out of 5 stars it's a great movie for my mom and I to watch together
I got this for my mom. She had seen it many years ago but couldn't remember the name. We have watched it several times now; it's a great movie for my mom and I to watch together.
Published 1 month ago by Juanita G Vance
5.0 out of 5 stars Geraldine Page's greatest performance
An aging mother-in-law is hopelessly trapped in a life shared with her son and his shrew of a wife in their home. Read more
Published 1 month ago by R. Stephen Franks
1.0 out of 5 stars Overpraised Saccharine Crap.
Viewed: 6/14
Rate: 2

6/14: The Trip to Bountiful is a painful viewing for me to sit through considering how mind numbingly boring it is. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Austin Somlo
5.0 out of 5 stars DON'T BUY THE DVD VERSION!!
$119.00 for the DVD???? ARE YOU KIDDING???? The dvd of this movie is outragiously over priced. There can be NO justifiaction for charging such an inflated price!! Read more
Published 5 months ago by cCustomer: LMS
5.0 out of 5 stars Geraldine's career stands for itself
The wonderful Page carries yet another film of sweetness, concern, tragedy, renewal...difficult to juggle, but not in the capable hands of Geraldine Page. When F. Read more
Published 5 months ago by R. Gawlitta
5.0 out of 5 stars trip to bountiful
I have the old vhs..but, I was wondering why is the dvd so goodness....I will put my old vhs on a dvd. It is a classic.. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Debbie Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Bountiful
Page is excellent in this story and she plays her role so well. We go back to it just for the joy of seeing this again.
Published 5 months ago by Nana
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