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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alexander (as Robert Gorman)
Seth Granger ...
Amanda Houck ...
Caroline Houck ...
London Nelson ...
Gregory Gouyer ...
Paris Boy
Morgue Detective #1 (as W.H. Brown)


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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Release Date:

6 January 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Reisen des Mr. Leary  »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$97,578, 26 December 1988, Limited Release

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2.35 : 1
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The movie in 1989 was the winner of the Annual Scripter Award for the Best Filmed Adaptation of a Book which is awarded by the Friends of the University of Southern California (USC) Libraries. The gong was only the second time after the Scripter Award had been awarded after the prized had been inaugurated the previous year in 1988. See more »


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


Mr. Loomis: [On a plane] I'm sorry I'm so fat. Name's Lucas Loomis.
Macon: Macon Leary.
Mr. Loomis: You a - Baltimore man?
Macon: Yes.
Mr. Loomis: Me too. Greatest city on the earth. One of these seats is not really enough for me. The stupid thing is, I travel for a living. I demonstrate software to computer stores. What do you do, Mr. Leary?
Mr. Loomis: I write travel guide books.
Mr. Loomis: Is that so, what kind?
Macon: Well, guides for businessmen. People just like you, I guess.
Mr. Loomis: Accidental Tourist!
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Best Films of 1988 (1988) See more »


Written by Frankie Adams and 'Wilbur Jones'
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one of the best movies i have ever seen
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the Accidental Tourist is among the best movies ever made in the world.Maybe it is not absolutely the best, but as to me it is the most well understood one. that probably is the reason why i love it so much. When i watched it, i can even felt what Macon Leary was feeling inside---i could feel the complicated mood when he called Sarah in his hotel in Paris, i can understand that his heart has already belonged to Muriel when he said it's OK to Sarah, who asked for his opinion on the newly bought sofa. he was a captious guy!and i can also read his heart when he close the door to Muriel, not willing to take her on his trip the next morning. Also i can read the deep love for Muriel on his smiling face when he met Muriel at the gate of the hotel at the end of the movie. I can't agree with some people who think this movie lacks energy. it might appear to lack, but u could have felt the passion in their hearts if u can understand them. this remind me of another movie--Once Upon A Time In America, which is also said to lack energy, but i can feel the great passion in Noodles and Deborah's heart when they "quietly" meet in the bar after Noodle was released from the jail. only a few words from Deborah can make me feel that! Just as sometimes the clothes do not make the man, sometimes the movie is not what it appears! there is seldom any good movies from which we can not feel the passion!

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