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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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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

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$32,632,093
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Selected as one of the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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The shaving cream on Macon's face changes as he talks with Sarah. See more »

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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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Referenced in Reflections on the Accidental Tourist (2004) 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 See 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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