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The Accidental Tourist (1988) Poster

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While filming The Fly (1986), Geena Davis was reading the novel on which this film was based. In fact, she would read it to Jeff Goldblum while he went through the hours-long process of having prosthetic make-up applied to his body. Goldblum also appeared in Lawrence Kasdan's earlier films, The Big Chill (1983) and Silverado (1985).
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The breed of Edward the dog played by Bub was a Cardigan Welsh Corgi.
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Jessica Lange was up for the role of Muriel Prichett which in the end was cast with Geena Davis.
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Ellen Barkin was considered for the role of Muriel Pritchett which in the end was cast with Geena Davis.
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Macon's brothers, Porter and Charles, are physically reversed in the film from their description in the book. The book describes Porter as thin and tall and Charles as overweight and shorter. In the film, Porter is played by the heavier David Ogden Stiers while the taller and slender Ed Begley Jr. plays Charles.
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Laura Dern was the producer's first choice for the role of Muriel Pritchett which in the end was cast with Geena Davis.
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Kevin Costner turned down the role of Macon Leary which in the end was cast with William Hurt. Costner has been cast in such other Lawrence Kasdan written and/or directed movies as Silverado (1985), Wyatt Earp (1994), The Bodyguard (1992), and The Big Chill (1983) (scenes deleted except for some body shots at the start).
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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.
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One of numerous collaborations of editor Carol Littleton and writer-director Lawrence Kasdan.
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The film cast includes two Oscar winners: William Hurt and Geena Davis; and two Oscar nominees: Kathleen Turner and Meg Kasdan.
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Penelope Ann Miller turned down a role in the film.
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Selected as one of the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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The film was made and released about three years after its source novel of the same name by Anne Tyler had been first published in 1985.
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The two star leads of Body Heat (1981), William Hurt and Kathleen Turner, and that film's writer-director Lawrence Kasdan, all re-teamed around seven years later to make The Accidental Tourist (1988). A number of other crew also worked on both pictures.
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The movie's source novel of the same name by Anne Tyler was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1986 but lost out to Larry McMurtry for "Lonesome Dove" (1985) which has also been filmed [See: Lonesome Dove (1989)]. The other nominee was Russell Banks for "Continental Drift" (1985).
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The film was voted Best Picture of the Year by the New York Film Critics Circle in 1988.
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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.
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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.
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The film's source novel of the same name by Anne Tyler won the Ambassador Book Award for Fiction in 1986 and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction in 1985.
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Star William Hurt in Taiwan in 1989 won a Golden Horse Award for Best Foreign Actor for his performance in this film.
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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.
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Many movie posters for the film featured a long blurb that read: "Macon Leary was set in his ways. The way he lived, thought and worked. He imagined it would always be like that. Until an unusual woman showed him the way it could be".
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Though actually a major significant leading role in the picture, Geena Davis won her Oscar in the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award category, and was not nominated in the Best Actress section. Several years later, Davis would be Oscar nominated for the Best Actress in a Leading Role Academy Award in 1992 for Thelma & Louise (1991) but would lose out to Jodie Foster for The Silence of the Lambs (1991).
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Geena Davis's part is actually bigger than Kathleen Turner's, though the latter is second billed, whilst Davis is third billed.
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First filmed adaptation of a story, book, or novel by authoress Anne Tyler.
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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.
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Debut produced screenplay for a cinema movie of writer Frank Galati who co-penned the script for the film with director Lawrence Kasdan.
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"The Accidental Tourist" (1985) source novel is one of the best known works of source authoress Anne Tyler. Others are "Breathing Lessons" (1988), which has been filmed (see: Breathing Lessons (1994)), and "Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant" (1983).
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The movie features a dog as a key character as would writer-director Lawrence Kasdan's later picture Darling Companion (2012).
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The fourth theatrical feature film directed by Lawrence Kasdan.
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First filmed adaptation of a source novel of writer-director Lawrence Kasdan. Later, Kasdan would direct the film version of Stephen King's Dreamcatcher (2003) which Kasdan co-scripted with William Goldman.
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Actress in a cameo Meg Kasdan and writer-director-producer Lawrence Kasdan are married.
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Lawrence Kasdan's only film as a director to be scored by John Williams. Kasdan has written four other films that Williams scored: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015).
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When Macon's sister Rose married Julian, she would become 'Rose Hedge'.
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The movie was Oscar nominated for four Academy Awards in 1989, including Best Picture, Best Original Score, and Best Adapted Screenplay. Of the noms, the film won one, a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award, for Geena Davis.
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The later American film "Hero" was re-titled "Accidental Hero" in a number of territories [See: Hero (1992)]. One of this movie's stars, Geena Davis, had recently only about four years earlier starred in The Accidental Tourist (1988), winning a Best Supporting Actress Oscar, and with both pictures sharing the word "Accidental" in their titles,
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The source novel "The Accidental Tourist" (1985) by novelist Anne Tyler was the tenth book written by the authoress.
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The name of the book seen in the film is "The Accidental Tourist in the South Eastern United States".
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A subtle implication is that Macon feels like he "needs" Muriel more than he desires his ex because Muriel has had an operation and thus cannot have any more children, and so he will be able to "do it" with her all he wants without fear of her getting pregnant again.
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Cameo 

Jake Kasdan: The director's son as Scott Canfield, billed as Jacob Kasdan.
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Jon Kasdan: The director's son as a boy at the doctor's office, billed as Jonathan Kasdan.
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Meg Kasdan: The director's wife as a receptionist.
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One of two 1980s films written and directed by Lawrence Kasdan where the characters of Kathleen Turner and William Hurt are a couple who don't end up together with each other at picture's finish. The other film where a similar situation occurs is Body Heat (1981).
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