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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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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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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 »

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Julian: While armchair travelers dream of going places, traveling armchairs dream of staying put.
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Quiet wonderful movie
5 May 2003 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

An underrated gem. I liked it mildly the first time, even more the second time, and loved it the third time. It is one of those rare movies that get better every time you see them.

The basic story revolves around a couple losing their only son, and the man trying to cope with it. The couple separate, and the man gets involved in another affair, and has to decide between making the marriage work or pursue the affair.

However, the movie is not very plot driven. It is very much a character based very slow movie. It has a very sad touching feel to it, and perfect for watching alone on a cold dreary grey evening. The funny moments are interspersed throughout, and are very fine.

However, it is one of those movies that you either like very much, or find it exceedingly boring. However, if you liked movies such as The Big Chill or On Golden Pond, you will like it very much.


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