The Trip to Bountiful

In The Trip to Bountiful, Carrie Watts is determined to escape a cramped, unpleasant life in a small Houston apartment with her son and avaricious daughter in law Her burning desire is to return to the now desolate town of her childhood, against the inexorability of change and the refuge of memory Foote earned an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay in 1985 for hIn The Trip to Bountiful, Carrie Watts is determined to escape a cramped, unpleasant life in a small Houston apartment with her son and avaricious daughter in law Her burning desire is to return to the now desolate town of her childhood, against the inexorability of change and the refuge of memory Foote earned an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay in 1985 for his work on Bountiful.
The Trip to Bountiful In The Trip to Bountiful Carrie Watts is determined to escape a cramped unpleasant life in a small Houston apartment with her son and avaricious daughter in law Her burning desire is to return to th

  • Title: The Trip to Bountiful
  • Author: Horton Foote
  • ISBN: 9780822211747
  • Page: 426
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The Trip to Bountiful”

    1. Loved it! This short three act play starred the famous Lillian Gish in 1953 and is still as relevant today as it was then. We all age and, if you look deep enough within yourself, you can find a Bountiful. A place or time in your life that you wish to get back to.

    2. I spent an early morning in bed reading this and crying and crying and crying. I'm not sure if it would have the same effect on everyone though. I think you might have to be Southern. And female.

    3. Some people might look at Mrs. Watts' trip to Bountiful as depressing. I ,on the other hand, looked at it as fulfilling because she found what she felt was missing from her life.

    4. Only twelve more miles to Bountiful, Texas August 28, 2014 Although I read the play by Horton Foote many years ago, I was very happy to find new meanings and re-read it through Cicely Tyson's remarkable performance as Carrie Watts filmed in 2014 for television.American playwright and screenwriter Horton Foote (1916-2009) is best known for his screenplay for Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) and his own screenplay for Tender Mercies (1983). Both won Academy Awards for Foote. I recall with [...]

    5. This is a bittersweet play with a lot of great characters and emotional depth. The story is slower, but I didn't find it boring at all. The play deals with the tension between family members, longing for the past, and a struggle with loss. Loved the ending. This is definitely a play I'll reread.If you like dramas, and tugs to heart strings I'd highly recommend this play. I'm so happy I won a copy to read.

    6. I watched a Netflix DVD of "The Trip to Bountiful" (1985)netflix/Movie/The_Tripdb/title/tt0090203/I gave the film 4 stars out of 5.As Netflix describes it: "Geraldine Page won an Academy Award for this bittersweet tale set in 1947 about an elderly Houston woman in search of happier times."The story slowly draws you in as you develop empathy for the old woman who is longing to go back to her hometown of Bountiful. She sneaks out of her son's house and gets on a bus but the sheriff catches up with [...]

    7. Oh myat wife is the most shallow, obnoxious, pathetic nag. I spent six weeks of my life doing this production. Luddy is painful to watch. Horton Foote has done an excellent job of capturing a man and his mother trapped in the shallow mundane world of now, with no escape except to look back on how things use to be, and maybe bring some of the past back to life in the present.

    8. A beautiful story about aging and one's desire to return to a past that is long gone. Horton Foote, who also wrote Tender Mercies and the screenplay to To Kill a Mockingbird, nailed the sense of yearning of an elderly woman far from the home she identifies with.

    9. I read this for an audition and it kind of reminded me of The Glass Menagerie if Amanda had been the central focus. It isn't very interesting, but I assume with the best female actress' foot forward--it could work the crowd to tears.

    10. What a beautiful play. Stunning in it's simplicity-and a rich work for an actor who really wants to mine a character for great moments. Just Lovely.

    11. “I’ve waited a long time. Just to get to Bountiful. Twenty years I’ve been walkin’ the streets of the city, lost and grieving. And as I’ve grown older and my time approaches, I’ve made one promise to myself, to see my home again… before I die…”Such is the premise of Horton Foote’s elegiac drama The Trip to Bountiful. Mrs. Carrie Watts lives in a cramped apartment in Houston with her kind but weak-willed son Ludie and her frivolous, overbearing daughter-in-law Jessie Mae. For [...]

    12. This a quaint play that examined relationships and longings of the heart. It has, as I'm sure the writer intended, a feel of southern yesteryear.Mrs. Watts has, by her own admission and much to her horror, has become a cantankerous mother-in-law to Jessie Mae while maintaining a loving respectful relationship with her son, Ludie. Her relationship with Jessie Mae is, in my opinion, Jessie Mae's own doing because of her self centeredness and completely lack of empathy. I repeatedly became aggravat [...]

    13. I just finished the stage-play and found that my reactions were quite different 30+ years after seeing the movie. In 1985, I remember that I thought Jessie Mae self absorbed and unkind, but I didn't necessarily understand Mrs. Watts's compelling drive to go to Bountiful. Nothing like age and experience to give you a different perspective! Reading the play, I was rooting for Mrs. Watts to get out of that claustrophobic apartment and on that bus to Bountiful anyway she could. Even though the play [...]

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