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The Accidental Tourist (1988)

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An emotionally distant writer of travel guides must carry on with his life after his son is killed and his marriage crumbles.

Director:

Lawrence Kasdan

Writers:

Anne Tyler (book), Frank Galati (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Hurt ... Macon
Kathleen Turner ... Sarah
Geena Davis ... Muriel
Amy Wright ... Rose
David Ogden Stiers ... Porter
Ed Begley Jr. ... Charles
Bill Pullman ... Julian
Robert Hy Gorman ... Alexander (as Robert Gorman)
Bradley Mott ... Mr. Loomis
Seth Granger Seth Granger ... Ethan
Amanda Houck Amanda Houck ... Debbie
Caroline Houck Caroline Houck ... Dorrie
London Nelson London Nelson ... Caroline
Gregory Gouyer Gregory Gouyer ... Paris Boy
Bill Lee Brown ... Morgue Detective #1 (as W.H. Brown)
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 January 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Reisen des Mr. Leary See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$97,578, 26 December 1988

Gross USA:

$32,632,093

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$32,632,093
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

"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). See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Macon: Its wrong to think we could plan everything, as though it were a business trip. I don't believe that anymore. Things just happen.
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I'M GONNA LASSO SANTA CLAUS
Written by Frankie Adams and 'Wilbur Jones'
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one of the best movies i have ever seen
11 December 2004 | by leonjoelSee all my reviews

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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