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Accidental Tourist

The Accidental Tourist

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Director: Lawrence Kasdan

Cast: Lawrence Kasdan, William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Geena Davis

     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
Geena Davis won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in this unusually somber but richly rewarding effort from writer and director Lawrence Kasdan, adapting an acclaimed novel by Anne Tyler. Davis is terrific in one of her best roles, but her character is admittedly the sort of wacky, quirky oddball that awards voters love to honor. The real heart and soul of the picture is William Hurt as a man so thunderstruck by grief that he is incapable of emotional movement, walking through his life as a ghost just waiting for its body to die. His eventual thawing is a wonder to behold, the work of a gifted actor at the absolute peak of his career. Although it could have and probably, in the hands of another director, would have become a much darker drama, Kasdan leavens his film with the character-driven humor of Tyler's source material to superb effect. In particular, the family of kooks played by David Ogden Stiers, Ed Begley Jr., and Amy Wright is not only a comic diversion, but serves as a poignant mirror image of the hero's internal malfunctioning, as does a subplot involving one of them in a thwarted relationship with a publisher (Bill Pullman). Stirring both intellectually and emotionally, The Accidental Tourist is an observant, splendidly crafted film.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/09/2014
UPC:
0888574105570
Original Release:
1988
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Archives
Time:
2:01:00
Sales rank:
4,018

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Hurt Macon Leary
Kathleen Turner Sarah Leary
Geena Davis Muriel Pritchett
Amy Wright Rose
Bill Pullman Julian
Ed Begley Charles Leary
Robert Hy Gorman Alexander Pritchett
David Ogden Stiers Porter Leary
Todd Adelman Macons Doctor
W.H. Brown 1st Morgue Detective
Bud Edward The Dog
Neana N. Collins Taunting Girl
David Combs Minister
Peggy Converse Mrs. Barrett
Gregory Gouyer Paris boy
Seth Granger Ethan
Amanda Houck Debbie
Caroline Houck Dorrie
Jacob Kasdan Scott Canfield
Jon Kasdan Boy at Doctor's Office
Meg Kasdan Receptionst/Cameo
Maureen Kerrigan Laura Canfield
Bradley Mott Mr. Loomis
Boone Narr Stunt Person
Donald Neal 2nd Morgue Detective
London Nelson Caroline
Wallis Nicita Actor
Thomas Paolucci Taunting Boy
Audrey R. Rapoport Girl on Plane
Roland Riallot Paris Cab Driver
Walter Sparrow Hot Dog Vendor
Paul Williamson London Hotel Manager

Technical Credits
Lawrence Kasdan Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Frankie Adams Score Composer
John Bailey Cinematographer
Phyllis Carlyle Executive Producer
Thomas A. Duffield Art Director
Leonard Engelman Makeup
Frank Galati Screenwriter
Michael Grillo Asst. Director,Producer
Ann Harris Set Decoration/Design
Tim Hutchinson Art Director
Wilbur Jones Score Composer
Carol Littleton Editor
David MacMillan Sound/Sound Designer
John Malkovich Executive Producer
Joseph P. Mercurio Special Effects
Ruth Myers Costumes/Costume Designer
Boone Narr Stunts
Nick Navarro Set Decoration/Design
Wallis Nicita Casting
Charles Okun Producer
Cricket Rowland Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
Paul Sonski Set Decoration/Design
Anne Tyler Source Author
Gerard Viard Art Director
Bo Welch Production Designer
Robert W. Welch Production Designer
John Williams [composer] Score Composer

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