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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 later American film "Hero" was re-titled "Accidental Hero" in a number of territories [See: Hero (1992)]. One of this movie's stars, Geena Davis, had recently only about four years earlier starred in The Accidental Tourist (1988), winning a Best Supporting Actress Oscar, and with both pictures sharing the word "Accidental" in their titles, See more »

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

Quotes

Macon: Its wrong to think we could plan everything, as though it were a business trip. I don't believe that anymore. Things just happen.
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Referenced in King of the Hill: The Accidental Terrorist (2008) See more »

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I'M GONNA LASSO SANTA CLAUS
Written by Frankie Adams and 'Wilbur Jones'
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My brief review of the film
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A fairly well done human drama about relationships, which manages to tackle the subject matter without becoming a romance, this is a superb film of its sort. The screenplay is excellently written, full of witty humour and biting satire, the film editing is admirable and the performances are excellent. Geena Davis won an Oscar for her role, but it is in fact William Hurt who stands out the most in the cast, in an unflinching but somehow amazingly poignant role. On the down side, the film is slow, a bit too meandering, and the final quarter is not really all that interesting, but overall it is an involving, very worthwhile watch.


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