The Trip to Bountiful

Starring: Geraldine Page, Rebecca De Mornay, John Heard and Carlin Glynn
Arrow Films and Fremantle Home Entertainment
RRP: 15.99
Certificate: U
Available 07 February 2005

Connie Watts is in the twilight of her life, living with her son and his wife in their cramped apartment. Her wish is to return to Bountiful, her childhood home, but she is repeatedly stopped by her son and daughter-in-law who are concerned both for her health and the fact that she is squandering their money. Each time she tries to escape she is caught, until finally she manages to give them the slip and catch the bus to Bountiful. On her journey she meets a young woman to whom she recounts the story of her life...

The Trip to Bountiful is a powerful and emotional drama. Geraldine Paige is wonderful as Connie Watts - in fact it won her the 1986 Academy Award for best actress in a leading role.

But the movie is not just a tale about a sweet little old lady trying to see her home town once again before she dies. Scratch the surface and it's plain that Connie is also a selfish old woman who wants her way no matter what the cost. It's also a tale that will ring true to anyone who has moved away from their home town, leaving behind old friends. All of us, at some time, will yearn for the past. But our memory has a funny way of making things past seem a thousand times better than they actually are.

There are some interesting cameo roles, including an early screen role for Rebecca De Mornay.

The only extra is a 24 minute featurette entitled Return to Bountiful which examines the history of The Trip to Bountiful - starting with the birth of the original TV play, then the stage play and finally the movie.

While the movie is a little slow going, it's still a moving, sweet tale that will be enjoyed by all ages.

Nick Smithson

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