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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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Alexander Pritchett (as Robert Gorman)
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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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Second and final [to date, February 2016] of two cinema movie collaborations of actress Kathleen Turner and writer-director Lawrence Kasdan. The films are Body Heat (1981) and The Accidental Tourist (1988) and were both made and released about seven years apart. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Muriel Pritchett: If I could go anywhere, I'd go to Paris. It sounds so romantic.
Macon: Paris - is terrible. Everybody's impolite.
Muriel Pritchett: Take me with you next time. I could show you the good parts.
Macon: I have a very limited expense account. I never even took my wife! My wife?
Muriel Pritchett: I was only teasing. Did you think I meant it?
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Referenced in L.A. Law: The Accidental Jurist (1989) See more »

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I'M GONNA LASSO SANTA CLAUS
Written by Frankie Adams and 'Wilbur Jones'
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glacial pace
26 August 2012 | by (Victoria, BC. Canada) – See all my reviews

The DVD cover bills this as "astonishingly, irresistibly funny". Edward the dog is funny, but the people are not.

From the title, you would think the movie revolved around travel, but the only travel is a visit to a mundane hotel room in France you don't get to leave.

The big problem with this movie is the central character Macon is unsympathetic. He is boring, rude, insensitive, self-centred. He is pathologically passive. He speaks in a taciturn monotone. His job it taking the adventure of of travel, writing guides on where to find Burger King and MacDonalds outlets in Europe.

There are three romantic relationships in the movie. I could not not for the life of me see what any of the parties saw in any of the others.

That created some humour, Geena Davis's dogged pursuit of William Hurt who always responded like a limp dishrag.

It was a very frustrating movie. I wanted ANYTHING to happen to break the tedium of watching people going about their very boring lives.

There is only one scene in the movie that really touches the heart, when Macon sees a French boy who resembles his murdered son, but you have to wait to almost the end for it.


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