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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 »
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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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Trivia

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. See more »

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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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I'M GONNA LASSO SANTA CLAUS
Written by Frankie Adams and 'Wilbur Jones'
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Hurt's performance a minimalist masterpiece
18 May 2001 | by reignsongSee all my reviews

Hurt expresses more with the slightest movement on his face than most actors do with pages of dialogue. An achingly beautiful portrait of a man trapped within himself, struggling at once to stay in and get out


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 January 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Accidental Tourist 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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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