The Accidental Tourist (1988)




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Director Lawrence Kasdan and Frank Galati adapted their screenplay for The Accidental Tourist from Anne Tyler's novel. William Hurt plays Macon Leary, a well-known "travel advisor" headquartered in Baltimore. The tragic death of Leary's son causes him to withdraw from the world, which in turn prompts his wife (Kathleen Turner) to walk out on him. Recuperating from a broken leg, Leary moves in with his sister (Amy Wright) and brothers (Ed Begley Jr., David Ogden Stiers)-staid middle-aged … More

Rating: PG (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Anne Tyler, Frank Galati, Lawrence Kasdan
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On DVD: Jun 1, 2004
Warner Home Video


as Macon Leary

as Sarah Leary

as Muriel Pritchett

as Rose

as Porter Leary

as Charles Leary

as Alexander Pritchett

as Mr. Loomis

as Caroline

as Paris boy

as 2nd Morgue Detective

as Mrs. Barrett

as Laura Canfield

as London Hotel Manager

as Hot Dog Vendor

as Macons Doctor

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as Taunting Boy

as Taunting Girl

as Paris Cab Driver

as Girl on Plane

as Restaurant Patron
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Critic Reviews for The Accidental Tourist

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (5)

The emotional complexities unearthed are distinctly adult.

Full Review… | July 16, 2015
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The film tries so hard to be funny, but ends up feeling like a rejected Woody ALlen script idea.

Full Review… | August 15, 2011
Cinema Sight

A mature, well-made film for teens and adults.

Full Review… | January 2, 2011
Common Sense Media

Kasdan's film lacks the spirit of Tyler's novel; he seems to be the wrong director to translate the author's affectionate and humorous treatment of the characters. Fortunately, Geena Davis as the eccentric dog-walker elevates the otherwise morose mood.

Full Review… | July 2, 2005

A genuinely beautiful and human story out of the Hollywood mills. Subtly amazing work from all concerned.

June 4, 2005

This is a warm movie told in the temperature of almost-recognizable life; it's a believable love story, joked up a bit but not too much.

Full Review… | April 20, 2004
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Audience Reviews for The Accidental Tourist

William Hurt sure made some really great movies back in the 80s and 90s. I cant say that I have watched anything lately that he has starred in. This movie was very good. I had a hard time getting past Geena Davis and her horrible 80s fashion, but I guess that I cant blame the movie itself...just the era. This movie had a very nice ending, which is always a plus for me.

Cynthia S.

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The Accidental Tourist starring Geena Davis, William Hurt and Kathleen Turner is a very good film based on the best selling novel.

William Hurt and Kathleen Turner play a couple who's child passes away which places a lot of strain on the marriage. The couple divorces and in comes an off the wall lady into his ife (Geena Davis). She re introduces a new passon in his life...Geena Davis won the Oscar for the Best Supporting Actress and rightfully so.

Mason Williams

Super Reviewer

The thing I really love about Kasdan's scripts is that he tells us what happened without TELLING us what happened. A little slow past the first half but still neatly wrapped with great underscored humor. I love Welsh Corgis!

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

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