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The Accidental Tourist -- 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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Writers (WGA):
Anne Tyler (book)
Frank Galati (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
6 January 1989 (USA) See more »
An emotionally distant writer of travel guides must carry on with his life after his son is killed and his marriage crumbles. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Won Oscar. Another 4 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

William Hurt ... Macon Leary

Kathleen Turner ... Sarah Leary

Geena Davis ... Muriel Pritchett

Amy Wright ... Rose Leary

David Ogden Stiers ... Porter Leary

Ed Begley Jr. ... Charles Leary

Bill Pullman ... Julian

Robert Hy Gorman ... Alexander Pritchett (as Robert Gorman)

Bradley Mott ... Mr. Loomis
Seth Granger ... Ethan Leary
Amanda Houck ... Debbie
Caroline Houck ... Dorrie
London Nelson ... Caroline
Gregory Gouyer ... Paris Boy

Bill Lee Brown ... Morgue Detective #1 (as W.H. Brown)
Donald Neal ... Morgue Detective #2
Peggy Converse ... Mrs. Barrett
Maureen Kerrigan ... Laura Canfield

Jake Kasdan ... Scott Canfield (as Jacob Kasdan)
Paul Williamson ... London Hotel Manager
Walter Sparrow ... Hot Dog Vendor
Todd J. Adelman ... Macon's Doctor (as Todd Adelman)
Meg Kasdan ... Receptionist
David Q. Combs ... Minister (as David Combs)

Jon Kasdan ... Boy at Doctor's Office (as Jonathan Kasdan)
Thomas Paolucci ... Taunting Boy
Neana N. Collins ... Taunting Girl
Roland Riallot ... Paris Taxi Driver

Audrey Rapoport ... Girl on Plane (as Audrey R. Rapoport)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Aaron Michael Lacey ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
Lawrence Kasdan 
Writing credits
Anne Tyler (book)

Frank Galati (screenplay) and
Lawrence Kasdan (screenplay)

Produced by
Phyllis Carlyle .... executive producer
Michael Grillo .... producer
Lawrence Kasdan .... producer
John Malkovich .... executive producer
Charles Okun .... producer
Original Music by
John Williams 
Cinematography by
John Bailey 
Film Editing by
Carol Littleton 
Casting by
Wallis Nicita 
Production Design by
Bo Welch 
Art Direction by
Tom Duffield 
Set Decoration by
Cricket Rowland 
Costume Design by
Ruth Myers 
Makeup Department
Vincent Callaghan .... makeup artist: Baltimore (as Vincent Callahan)
Leonard Engelman .... makeup artist
Lynda Gurasich .... hair stylist
Production Management
Jean-Yves Asselin .... unit manager: Paris
Véronique Bourboulon .... assistant unit manager: Paris (as Veronique Bourboulon)
Richard Dobson .... production manager: London
Charles Okun .... unit production manager
Daniel Szuster .... production manager: Paris
Sylvie Duluc .... assistant unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dominique-Anne Arquillier .... second assistant director: Paris
Eric Bartonio .... first assistant director: Paris
Carey Dietrich .... second second assistant director
Stephen P. Dunn .... second assistant director (as Stephen Dunn)
Paul Frift .... second assistant director: London
Michael Grillo .... first assistant director
Simon Hinkly .... first assistant director: London
Wendy Peterson .... dga trainee (as Wendolyn Peterson)
Art Department
Donald R. Abblett .... stand-by painter (as Don Abblett)
Greg John Callas .... construction coordinator (as Greg Callas)
Cheryl Carasik .... lead person
R. Scott Doran .... swing gang
Ann Harris .... set designer
Tim Hutchinson .... art director: London
Gérard James .... property master: Paris
Jack Johnson .... illustrator
Gary F. Kieldrup .... assistant property master (as Gary Kieldrup)
Larry Lennert .... greensman
André Loisif .... construction coordinator: Paris
Chuck McSorley .... swing gang
Nick Navarro .... set designer
Dan Ondrejko .... greensman
Robert Perez .... swing gang
William A. Petrotta .... property master (as Bill Petrotta)
Félix Placenti .... production buyer: Paris
Michael Redding .... construction coordinator: London
Peter Rutherford .... production buyer: London
Jim Samson .... lead person: Baltimore
Paul Sonski .... set designer
Gérard Viard .... art director: Paris
Keith Vowles .... property master: London
John Warnke .... assistant art director
John Cassel .... propmaker (uncredited)
Giovanni Ferrara .... head painter (uncredited)
Martin J. Gibbons .... propmaker (uncredited)
Ed Mirassou .... toolman (uncredited)
Sound Department
George H. Anderson .... sound effects editor (as George Anderson)
Beth Bergeron .... adr editor
Steve Bowerman .... boom operator
Joe Dorn .... sound assistant
Jay Dranch .... adr editor
Paul Filby .... boom operator: London
Robert Grieve .... supervising sound editor
Wilt Henderson .... sound assistant
John Hoeren .... foley editor
Neil Kingsbury .... sound mixer: London
Rick Kline .... re-recording mixer
Stephanie Lowry .... sound assistant (as Stephanie Ng)
Beth Lynk .... sound assistant
David MacMillan .... production sound mixer
Gavin Marrable .... sound maintenance engineer: London
Denis Martin .... boom operator: Paris
Cindy Marty .... dialogue editor
Donald O. Mitchell .... re-recording mixer
John Murray .... foley editor
Kevin O'Connell .... re-recording mixer
Jean-Pierre Ruh .... sound mixer: Paris (as Jean Pierre Ruh)
Frank Smathers .... dialogue editor
Linda Whittlesey .... sound effects editor
Gabriel Cubos .... sound utility (uncredited)
Jack Keller .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Greg Orloff .... foley mixer (uncredited)
John Roesch .... foley artist (uncredited)
Carolyn Tapp .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Joseph P. Mercurio .... special effects (as Joe Mercurio)
Boone Narr .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Lou Barlia .... camera operator
Neil Binney .... camera operator: London
Bobby Brown .... second assistant camera: Baltimore (as Bob Brown)
Jack Brown .... first assistant camera: Baltimore
John Flemming .... key grip
Christian Hereau .... chief electrician: Paris
Michael M. Krevitt .... key grip
Joe Laune .... assistant chief lighting technician
Carol McCullough .... still photographer
Ronald W. McLeish .... chief lighting technician (as Ron McLeish)
Mike Moyer .... chief lighting technician
Edward R. Nedin .... rigging gaffer (as Ed Nedin)
Terry Nightingall .... clapper loader: London
Jean Orjollet .... camera operator: Paris
George R. Schrader .... dolly grip
Laurie Shane .... gaffer: London
Donald E. Thorin Jr. .... first assistant camera (as Don Thorin Jr.)
Jeffrey Thorin .... second assistant camera (as Jeff Thorin)
Gil Valle .... best boy grip
Albert Vasseur .... chief grip: Paris
Jürgen Vollmer .... still photographer: Baltimore (as Jurgen Vollmer)
George Whitear .... still photographer: London
Casting Department
Françoise Guernier .... casting: Paris
Mary Selway .... casting: London
Marlène Tommasi .... extras casting: Paris (as Marlene Tommasi)
Joanne Zaluski .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Norman A. Burza .... key costumer (as Norman Burza)
Brenda Dabbs .... wardrobe: London
Linda Matthews .... costumer: women
Germinal Rangel .... wardrobe: Paris
Constance West .... costumer: women
Editorial Department
Lisa Zeno Churgin .... assistant film editor (as Lisa Churgin)
Raúl Dávalos .... assistant film editor (as Raul Davalos)
Robert Raring .... color timer (as Bob Raring)
Blake Jones .... colorist (uncredited)
Location Management
Steph Benseman .... location manager
Jean-Jacques Damiani .... location manager: Paris
Patrick Boshart .... location scout (uncredited)
Music Department
Herbert W. Spencer .... orchestrator (as Herb Spencer)
Dan Wallin .... music score mixer
Kenneth Wannberg .... music editor (as Ken Wannberg)
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist (uncredited)
John Rotondi .... scoring engineer: Y4 (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Tino Caira .... transportation captain
James E. Foote .... transportation coordinator
Arnold Stone .... transportation captain
James Sweeney .... transportation coordinator: Baltimore
Foard J. Wilgis .... transportation captain: Baltimore (as Foard Wilgis)
Michael Luckeroth .... driver (uncredited)
Prentis Woods .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Todd J. Adelman .... first aid (as Todd Adelman)
Andy Andrews .... production accountant: London
Christine Baer .... assistant to producers
Billy Brashier .... location projectionist: Baltimore
Isabelle Dassonville .... production coordinator: Paris
Jimmy Davis .... office assistant
Andrew M. Flinn .... office assistant: Baltimore (as Andy Flinn)
Sara Gardner-Gail .... office assistant: Baltimore (as Sara Gardner)
Julie Glanfield .... production contact: London
Nigel Gostelow .... loaction manager: London
Granville Greene .... office assistant: Baltimore
Sally Hayman .... production coordinator: London
Kevin Kertscher .... office assistant: Baltimore
Fenella Maguire .... auditor: Paris
Gail Martin-Sheridan .... production accountant (as Gail P. Martin)
David J. McMillan .... animal trainer (as Dave McMillan)
Boone Narr .... animal trainer
David O'Ferrall .... office assistant: Baltimore
Grant Olson .... craft service
Audrey Rapoport .... assistant: Lawrence Kasdan
Anne Rapp .... script supervisor
Danis Regal-O'Connell .... production secretary (as Danis Regal O'Connell)
Stacy Starr .... office assistant: Baltimore
Anne Marie Stein .... unit publicist
Kimberly Street .... location contact: Baltimore
Ann Tasker .... unit publicist: London
Laurie Arnow-Epstein .... construction accountant (uncredited)
Pam Ellington .... first assistant production accountant (uncredited)
Elise Ganz .... welfare/studio teacher (uncredited)
William L. Wright .... stand-in (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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121 min
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Kathleen Turner was second billed after first billed William Hurt for marketing purposes because Hurt and Turner had star teamed the earlier successful Body Heat (1981), which had also been helmed by writer-director Lawrence Kasdan, and had been distributed by the same Warner Bros. studio in many territories.See more »
Continuity: The shaving cream on Macon's face changes as he talks with Sarah.See more »
Julian:He got lost on Howard Street?
Charles Leary:It's a problem with this family - directions.
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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Never let yourself be lulled into a false sense of security, says Hurt, 7 February 2006
Author: MarieGabrielle from United States

as he writes his travel column. His column is a metaphor for being the "passive observer" who travels and critiques places, but never truly appreciates them...not until Geena Davis comes along, at any rate.

Hurt plays Macon Leary, a man who has existed, but not truly experienced life. Kathleen Turner is the estranged wife, due to the accidental death of their young son, a tragedy which causes Hurt to withdraw. As another reviewer mentioned, one should watch this excellent film several times, as there is much innuendo and insight into human behavior. Bill Pullman portrays Hurt's publisher, who is amused and intrigued by his eccentric family.

What a cast! Ed Begley Jr., Amy Wright, Hurt and David Ogden Stiers are all siblings (over age 40), who still live in their grandmother's house, complete with 1930's wallpaper, a pantry that is alphabetically organized by the sister, and a phone that is never answered because they "don't need it". Pullman is priceless as he visits Hurt for dinner, and falls in love with Rose (Amy Wright) for her old-fashioned persona.

Macon's dog is comic relief, but also the liaison with Geena Davis, an offbeat dog-trainer. She is quite good, and insinuates her way into Macon's ordered world. She is a single mother struggling, and Robert Hy Gorman is excellent as her young son, Alexander. Macon finds himself growing attached to Davis, her son, and her wayward life. He helps the son with schoolwork, and realizes he can still be open to new relationships. Even after all the tragedy.

Kathleen Turner attempts reconciliation,and offers Macon a stable ordered life of commonality. Davis offers instability, excitement and unpredictability. Which will he choose? This is not just a romantic drama, it is a serious character study about control, relationships, and difficult choices. It is one of the few films in which the difficulties of marriage are sensitively addressed, and the acting is superb.

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