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The Accidental Tourist (1988)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  6 January 1989 (USA)
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An emotionally distant writer of travel guides must carry on with his life after his son is killed and his marriage crumbles.

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Morgue Detective #1 (as W.H. Brown)
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Storyline

After the death of his son, Macon Leary, a travel writer, seems to be sleep walking through life. Macon's wife, seems to be having trouble too, and thinks it would be best if the two would just split up. After the break up, Macon meets a strange outgoing woman, who seems to bring him back down to earth. After starting a relationship with the outgoing woman, Macon's wife seems to think that their marriage is still worth a try. Macon is then forced to deal many decisions Written by Justin Sharp <rainman88@earthlink.net>

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6 January 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Turista Acidental  »

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$32,632,093 (USA)
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While filming The Fly (1986), Geena Davis was reading the novel on which this film was based. In fact, she would read it to Jeff Goldblum while he went through the hours-long process of having prosthetic make-up applied to his body. Goldblum also appeared in Lawrence Kasdan's earlier films, The Big Chill (1983) and Silverado (1985). See more »

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After returning from England, Macon reaches into his pocket for his keys twice. See more »

Quotes

Macon: I don't really care for movies; they make everything seem so close up.
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My brief review of the film
8 January 2005 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

A fairly well done human drama about relationships, which manages to tackle the subject matter without becoming a romance, this is a superb film of its sort. The screenplay is excellently written, full of witty humour and biting satire, the film editing is admirable and the performances are excellent. Geena Davis won an Oscar for her role, but it is in fact William Hurt who stands out the most in the cast, in an unflinching but somehow amazingly poignant role. On the down side, the film is slow, a bit too meandering, and the final quarter is not really all that interesting, but overall it is an involving, very worthwhile watch.


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