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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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Porter Leary
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Alexander Pritchett (as Robert Gorman)
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Seth Granger ...
Ethan Leary
Amanda Houck ...
Debbie
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Dorrie
London Nelson ...
Caroline
Gregory Gouyer ...
Paris Boy
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Die Reisen des Mr. Leary  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$97,578, 26 December 1988, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$32,632,093
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Trivia

The film was entered and selected to screen in competition at the 16th Moscow International Film Festival in 1989 where the picture was nominated for the Golden St. George Award. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Julian: While armchair travelers dream of going places, traveling armchairs dream of staying put.
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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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Hurt's performance a minimalist masterpiece
18 May 2001 | by See all my reviews

Hurt expresses more with the slightest movement on his face than most actors do with pages of dialogue. An achingly beautiful portrait of a man trapped within himself, struggling at once to stay in and get out


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