Geraldine Page's Oscar-winning lead performance was as much a surprise as the success of this sleeper of a movie, first seen on television in 1953 with Lillian Gish. Homespun playwright Horton Foote got an Oscar nomination for his adaptation of his own play about an elderly woman on a bus ride home to the town where she was raised. The Trip to Bountiful is one of the few films to examine the difficult emotions of aging straightforwardly, without becoming too maudlin. The underrated Rebecca de Mornay breaks away from her glamour roles to show her range in a key supporting part. The film went against the cynical grain of its era and unabashedly embraced old-fashioned cinematic virtues, under the direction of Peter Masterson.