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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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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 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. See more »

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

Quotes

Julian: What do you do for a living, Charles?
Charles Leary: I make bottle caps.
Julian: Bottle caps? Is that a fact?
Charles Leary: Well, it's not half as exciting as it sounds, really.
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Spoofed in The Oversexual Tourist (1989) See more »

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I'M GONNA LASSO SANTA CLAUS
Written by Frankie Adams and 'Wilbur Jones'
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Cinematographic pearl.
5 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

I agree to almost every word reviewer Takatomon wrote. One of this movie's greatest merits is that it deals with issues in life in a unpolished and natural way. It's easy to understand how this movie can be overlooked by the majority of viewers as this movie isn't for the majority of viewers. That is, the majority that's expecting to be entertained in the Hollywood style of film making. With that I mean those "strong" performances we all want to see from characters as Hoffman in "Rain Man" or Hanks in "Forrest Gump". Or vast visuals, filmed in the broadest scope, or action packed sequences. Not in "The Accidental Tourist". What you do get is William Hurt in what I think is one of his best roles as Macon Leary, writer of travel guides and Geena Davis in an exquisite role as the pet store owner. I've admired actors for the way they can portray mentally or socially challenged people (Rainman, Forrest Gump, Of mice and men, etc.). These parts tend to win the Oscars. But I'd rather give one to Hurt for his portrayal of Macon Leary because this character doesn't show obvious signs of any handicap. Actually Macon is very plain. What can be more difficult than acting out a role of a person who's personal qualities don't jump at you right away? "The Accidental Tourist" is a movie of high quality and should be given a fair chance.


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