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The Accidental Tourist (1988)

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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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)  »

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O Turista Acidental  »

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$32,632,093 (USA)
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Third of four movies that actor William Hurt and writer-director Lawrence Kasdan have made together. The others are Body Heat (1981), The Big Chill (1983), and I Love You to Death (1990). Hurt has commented on the Body Heat (1981) DVD's documentary that his professional relationship with Kasdan has been the most rewarding of his career. See more »

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The shaving cream on Macon's face changes as he talks with Sarah. See more »

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Macon: [Last lines] Stop, for that woman.
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Referenced in The Holiday (2006) See more »

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I'M GONNA LASSO SANTA CLAUS
Written by Frankie Adams and 'Wilbur Jones'
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Too subtle for the average viewer...
7 October 2002 | by (LA, CA) – See all my reviews

But if you're smart and sensitive like I am you will love this film. Might be William Hurt's most simple, but complete acting job ever. Geena Davis (and maybe Hurt also,) are just a tiny bit too attractive in this film, but they are both such good actors that they pull you into their pain, hope and need for human contact and win in the end. Bill Pullman plays a deeper and richer character than any I've personally ever seen him play since. Macon's family is real (I don't care what Joe Average Typical American Family says,) and endearing. Edward is the best movie dog ever.


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