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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.

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Macon
... Sarah
... Muriel
... Rose
... Porter
... Charles
... Julian
... Alexander (as Robert Gorman)
... Mr. Loomis
Seth Granger ... Ethan
Amanda Houck ... Debbie
Caroline Houck ... Dorrie
London Nelson ... Caroline
Gregory Gouyer ... Paris Boy
... Morgue Detective #1 (as W.H. Brown)
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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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6 January 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Reisen des Mr. Leary  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$97,578, 26 December 1988, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$32,632,093
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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. See more »

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The shaving cream on Macon's face changes as he talks with Sarah. 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 The Directors: The Films of Lawrence Kasdan (2001) See more »

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I'M GONNA LASSO SANTA CLAUS
Written by Frankie Adams and 'Wilbur Jones'
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Too subtle for the average viewer...
7 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

But if you're smart and sensitive like I am you will love this film. Might be William Hurt's most simple, but complete acting job ever. Geena Davis (and maybe Hurt also,) are just a tiny bit too attractive in this film, but they are both such good actors that they pull you into their pain, hope and need for human contact and win in the end. Bill Pullman plays a deeper and richer character than any I've personally ever seen him play since. Macon's family is real (I don't care what Joe Average Typical American Family says,) and endearing. Edward is the best movie dog ever.


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