The Accidental Tourist

Plot

An emotionally distant writer of travel guides must carry on with his life after his son is killed and his marriage crumbles.

Release Year: 1988

Rating: 6.7/10 (8,767 voted)

Critic's Score: 53/100

Director:
Lawrence Kasdan

Stars: William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Geena Davis

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

Writers: Anne Tyler, Frank Galati

Cast:

William Hurt

Macon Leary


Kathleen Turner

Sarah Leary


Geena Davis

Muriel Pritchett


Amy Wright

Rose Leary


David Ogden Stiers

Porter Leary


Ed Begley Jr.

Charles Leary


Bill Pullman

Julian


Robert Hy Gorman

Alexander Pritchett

(as Robert Gorman)


Bradley Mott

Mr. Loomis


Seth Granger

Ethan Leary


Amanda Houck

Debbie


Caroline Houck

Dorrie


London Nelson

Caroline


Gregory Gouyer

Paris Boy


Bill Lee Brown

Morgue Detective #1

(as W.H. Brown)

Release Date: 6 January 1989

Filming Locations: 324 Hawthorne Road, Roland Park, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Opening Weekend: $97,578
(USA)
(26 December 1988)
(3 Screens)

Gross: $32,632,093
(USA)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:

Edward the dog is a Cardigan Welsh Corgi.

Goofs:

Continuity:
The shaving cream on Macon's face changes as he talks with Sarah.

Quotes:

Julian:
While armchair travelers dream of going places, traveling armchairs dream of staying put.



User Review

An Underrated Gem

Rating: 10/10

This is a faithful adaption of a brilliant novel. I have seen this movie
a
dozen times and it gets better with each viewing. It is subtle, yes, and
that probably means it is not for everyone. Subtle, however, is not
synonymous with boring, as unfortunately many people accustomed to a
non-stop barrage of sense-dulling special effects and violence have come
to
believe. This film is as far from boring as it gets.

What I walked away from this story with is a reaffirmation of a force
bigger
than ourselves that takes our lives in a new direction — one that we
often
consciously choose to reject. Macon Leary, as superbly played by William
Hurt, has been sleepwalking through life for years. His profession says
it
all: he writes books for business travelers who have to visit exotic
places
but want to feel as if they never left home. Thus, the title, "The
Accidental Tourist".

He is separated from his beloved wife, Sarah, played very well by
Kathleen
Turner. She could no longer live in with the waking death their life had
become since the senseless murder of their young son years before. But
he
still wants nothing more than for her to return and resume that life.
Even
after a quirky dog-trainer played by Geena Davis (in her well-deserved
Oscar-winning performance) enters his life and his heart he believes his
future can only be with Sarah.

I don't want to give away the entire story, but I will say that the
entire
supporting cast, Macon's family (Ed Begley, Jr., Amy Wright, David Ogden
Stiers) his editor (Bill Pullman), and a scene-stealing Welsh Corgi
contribute richly and completely to the overall power of this
story.

Some of the best dialogue I've ever heard on relationships, why they
work,
and why what we want so dearly to work just doesn't work anymore, is in
this
film. "Don't be lulled by a false sense of security". This powerful
line,
is what this film is all about, and it is placed perfectly, as all the
memorable lines are. Give it a chance and an open mind because this film
is
the real deal. In my estimation, "The Accidental Tourist" is American
cinema at it's best.