The Accidental Tourist

1988

The Accidental Tourist

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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 intellectuals all. Discipline problems with his dead son's dog lead Leary to hire flaky professional dogwalker/trainer Muriel Pritchett (Geena Davis, who won an Oscar for her performance). The only non-uptight person within shouting distance, Muriel begins to melt Leary's self-protective shell. Once his wife realizes that she has some competition, she makes moves to get him back. But he has by now become accustomed to Muriel's unfettered lifestyle. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Cast

William Hurt
as Macon Leary
Kathleen Turner
as Sarah Leary
Geena Davis
as Muriel Pritchett
David Ogden Stiers
as Porter Leary
Ed Begley Jr.
as Charles Leary
Robert Hy Gorman
as Alexander Pritchett
Bradley Mott
as Mr. Loomis
London Nelson
as Caroline
Gregory Gouyer
as Paris boy
Donald Neal
as 2nd Morgue Detective
Peggy Converse
as Mrs. Barrett
Maureen Kerrigan
as Laura Canfield
Paul Williamson
as London Hotel Manager
Walter Sparrow
as Hot Dog Vendor
Todd Adelman
as Macons Doctor
Jon Kasdan
as Boy at Doctor's Office
Thomas Paolucci
as Taunting Boy
Neana N. Collins
as Taunting Girl
Roland Riallot
as Paris Cab Driver
Audrey R. Rapoport
as Girl on Plane
Aaron Michael Lacey
as Restaurant Patron
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  • Aug 13, 2012
    The fact that two relatively interesting and attractive women would fawn over William Hurt's sad sack character over the course of the film (even after they've told him that he's too cold and distant for them to handle) is entirely unbelievable.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 03, 2011
    A marvelous cast and an interesting story pretty much insures that this film would strike a chord with this viewer. Geena Davis as Muriel Pritchett, William Hurt, as Macon Leary, and Kathleen Turner as Macon's ex-wife, Sarah, headline, but the supporting cast, including Amy Wright, Bill Pullman and Ed Begley, Jr. are outstanding as well. The tale revolves around a travel writer who slides through life trying to remain unaffected by his travels and inspires others to do the same. But, the murder of his son devastates his world and it takes the prodding of a quirky dog trainer to force him to awaken from his resulting stupor. There were many lighter moments in the film, mostly supplied by Macon's eccentric siblings, but the loss of a child hung over the film like a pall, and was accentuated by Macon's inability to connect to his feelings, or the wider world as he passed through it. There were some poignant moments in the film, when the camera revealed the otherwise masked feelings of some of the characters. There were also moments of deep frustration when it appeared that Macon was not going to make it out of his funk. This turned out to be an emotional ride, and a story of growth through what has to be one of the most devastating events any parent can endure.
    Mark A Super Reviewer
  • Oct 14, 2010
    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 Super Reviewer
  • Nov 30, 2009
    I didn't like this movie. I thought it was really boring, especially with Hurt's performance, and Davis just annoyed me.
    Erin C Super Reviewer

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