Director: Christopher N. Rowley Cast: Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Joan Allen
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A woman looking to fulfill her late husband's final wish sets out on a transformative cross-country road trip in director Christopher N. Rowley's warmhearted tale of friendship, self-discovery, and the memories that make life worth living even after the ones we love have gone. Arvilla (Jessica Lange)'s husband Joe has recently died during a trip to Borneo, and his ashes have just arrived at her home in Pocatello, ID. Though Joe had previously specified in his will that he would like his ashes scattered by his beloved wife, the well-intending Arvilla soon becomes locked in a heated battle of wills with Francine (Christine Baranski) -- Joe's well-to-do daughter from a previous marriage. Francine is determined to see her father laid to rest next to her mother in Santa Barbara, and she's threatened to sell the house that her father and Arvilla have lived in since marrying to ensure that she gets her way. Now Arvilla has lost Joe's will, leaving no way to confirm either what he wanted done with his remains or what Arvilla is to receive upon her husband's death. Defeated, Arvilla sets her sights on Santa Barbara to surrender the ashes to Francine and attempt to come to terms with the loss of her husband. When Arvilla's sassy best-friend Margene (Kathy Bates) and uptight pal Carol (Joan Allen) agree to join their recently-widowed friend on her journey and offer some much-needed moral support, the trio soon sets out in Arvilla's vintage '66 Pontiac Bonneville for a journey of a lifetime.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/24/2008
UPC: 0024543511922
Original Release: 2006
Rating: PG
Source: 20th Century Fox
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:33:00

Special Features

Behind-the-scenes; Alternate and deleted scenes; Gag reel

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jessica Lange Arvilla Holden
Kathy Bates Margene Cunningham
Joan Allen Carol Brimm
Christine Baranski Francine Holden Packard
Victor Rasuk Bo
Tom Amandes Bill Packard
Tom Wopat Arlo Brimm
Tom Skerritt Emmett L. Johnson

Technical Credits
Christopher N. Rowley Director,Original Story
R. Michael Bergeron Executive Producer
Anita Brandt-Burgoyne Editor
Bob Brown Executive Producer
Jeff Cardoni Score Composer
Daniel D. Davis Original Story,Screenwriter
Chris DeMuri Production Designer
Lisa Fruchtman Editor
Sue Gandy Costumes/Costume Designer
Avy Kaufman Casting
Season Kent Musical Direction/Supervision
Matt Kierscht Musical Direction/Supervision
John Kilker Producer
Jeffrey Kimball Cinematographer
Steven Laneri Sound/Sound Designer
Robert May Producer
Eric A. Pot Asst. Director
Lauren Timmons Associate Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Bonneville
1. Main Titles/Dear Francine [4:03]
2. Joe's Ashes [4:34]
3. Be Practical [5:32]
4. Movie Stars [1:21]
5. The Salt Flats [3:51]
6. Promises [6:41]
7. Got a Quarter? [4:56]
8. "L" is For Luscious [2:49]
9. Remember? [2:14]
10. Frayed Nerves [3:06]
11. Rendezvous in Vegas [5:58]
12. Jackpot! [:53]
13. Girl Talk [5:20]
14. Carol's Purse [3:49]
15. Desert Night [2:22]
16. Definitly Death [5:56]
17. Memorial Service [3:32]
18. The Unthinkable [5:43]
19. New Places [1:44]
20. When I Die/End Titles [1:06]

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Bonneville 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
BONNEVILLE creeps up on the viewer. It is a solid marriage of light comedy and sentiment and the somewhat slight story is brought to life by the natural gifts of a trio of superb actors. Why it did not find popularity in the theaters is probably due to the topic of death and the cast of 'older actresses', but it is a solid little film that deserves more attention. Arvilla (Jessica Lange) has lost her husband of 20 years and promised to scatter his ashes over places the couple loved. Her step daughter Francine (Christine Baranski) demands the 'ashes' be buried next to her mother's grave in Santa Barbara, threatening her stepmother with eviction from her Pocatello, Idaho home if Arvilla doesn't comply. Two of Arvilla's friends - the restless widow Margene (Kathy Bates) and the oh-so-Mormon Carol (Joan Allen) support their friend and plan to fly with Arvilla to take the ashes to Santa Barbara. But circumstances begin to change when the threesome bond tightly and decide to take Arvilla's husband's old Bonneville on a road trip to California. From here on the film is a Road Trip - a time when the three women learn lessons about life and death and love and compassion from each other - and from a young hitchhiker Bo (Victor Rasuk of 'Saving Victor Vargas', 'Stop-Loss' etc) and trucker Emmett (Tom Skirrett). The trip from Idaho to California passes through some of the Southwest's most beautiful scenery, places once shared by Arvilla and her late husband, and slowly the urn of ashes is distributed along the way to the dreaded Santa Barbara funeral. Christopher N. Rowley directs this sweet story by Daniel D. Davis with great respect for the gifts of the three fine actors, allowing them to show us just why they remain some of our finest talent on the screen. It is not a great film, but it has such a fine heart that we can relax and just ride along with it. Grady Harp
Berrycape More than 1 year ago
Good story, real life. All three actresses do a nice job!!!