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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 & 10 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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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$32,632,093
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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

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). See more »

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

Quotes

Muriel Pritchett: You think about it and give a call. Muriel. Muriel Pritchett. Remember, Muriel Pritchett. Let me give you my card.
Macon: Oh, I'll bear that in mind. Thank you very much.
Muriel Pritchett: Or, just call for no reason. Call and talk.
Macon: Talk?
Muriel Pritchett: Sure. Talk about Edward, his problems. Talk about anything. Pick up the phone and just talk. Don't you ever get the urge to do that?
Macon: Not really.
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Featured in At the Movies: The Best Films of 1988 (1988) See more »

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I'M GONNA LASSO SANTA CLAUS
Written by Frankie Adams and 'Wilbur Jones'
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Superb Movie with lots of food for thought.
20 May 2003 | by GreensleevesSee all my reviews

This is a wonderful film by Lawrence Kasdan about a man who withdraws from his relationships with other people (and the world) after a terrible family tragedy. William Hurt plays the character of 'Macon', a man who writes books for people who don't want to travel and has become as grey and dull as his suit. His wife Sarah (the vibrant Kathleen Turner) separates from him and after an accident he goes to live with his family who live a life organised by his sister, Rose (Amy Wright) and settles into a dull routine. Even his dog seems to be turning against him, then he meets Muriel (Geena Davis) when boarding his dog and she not only teaches the dog new tricks but also shows Macon that his ways can be changed too. William Hurt gives a truly marvellous performance as a man who has given up on life and has become almost catatonic. This is a film that gets better with each subsequent viewing, containing much food for thought especially for anyone that wishes for a 'safe' and 'planned' life. The wonderful dreamlike score is by John Williams and it was nominated for an Oscar amongst many nominations for this film. Thankfully this outstanding movie is now available on DVD and in the correct viewing format.


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