Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5. USA, 1985. Bountiful Film Partners, FilmDallas Pictures. Screenplay by Horton Foote, based on his play. Cinematography by Fred Murphy. Produced by Horton Foote, Sterling Van Wagenen. Music by J.A.C. Redford. Production Design by Neil Spisak. Costume Design by Gary Jones. Film Editing by Jay Freund. Academy Awards 1985. Boston Film Critics Awards 1985. Golden Globe Awards 1985. Independent Spirit Awards 1985. National Board of Review Awards 1987. New York Film Critics Awards 1985.
Sweet, simple tale that is basically a one-woman showpiece for Geraldine Page. She’s thrilling as an aging woman who gets on a bus in order to visit the tiny Texas town that she grew up and still remembers very fondly. Having escaped her overprotective son and daughter-in-law, she spends the trip regaling a young passenger (Rebecca De Mornay) with stories of her life. Page won her first Oscar after eight nominations for her role here (and died not long afterward), and while it’s not the ultimate testament to her fantastic talents as an actor, it is proof that she never lost her touch. The ensemble that joins her is strong in this charming pre-cursor to Driving Miss Daisy.