Accidental Tourist

Accidental Tourist

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Director: Lawrence Kasdan

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

     
 

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Lawrence Kasdan's Oscar-winning adaptation of Anne Tyler's National Book Award-winning The Accidental Tourist comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of the film. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materialsSee more details below

Overview

Lawrence Kasdan's Oscar-winning adaptation of Anne Tyler's National Book Award-winning The Accidental Tourist comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of the film. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include over 30 minutes of scene-specific commentary from Geena Davis, who was awarded the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her work in the film. She discusses her desire to play the part, how she worked with co-star William Hurt, and what her experience at the Oscars was like. There is a featurette titled "It's Like Life" that appears to be a promotional film from the time of the movie's production, an introduction by Lawrence Kasdan, and over 30 minutes of deleted scenes. The theatrical trailer rounds out this enjoyable package from Warner Bros.

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:
01/20/2004
UPC:
0085392887828
Original Release:
1988
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
2:01:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Introduction by Lawrence Kasdan; Scene-specific commentary by Geena Davis; "It's Like Life" featurette; Lifted scenes; Theatrical trailer

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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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Business Traveler (Credits).
2. "I Write Travel Guide Books."
3. "I Want a Divorce."
4. "Why Bother Getting Up?"
5. Muriel Pritchett.
6. London.
7. "Webster Prefers Specialty."
8. "I'll Wait for You..."
9. Macon's Accident.
10. Ancestral Home.
11. Macon Leary Has a Family.
12. Traveling Armchair.
13. Training Edward.
14. Visiting Julian.
15. Training Macon.
16. Conventional People.
17. "Everything's... So Close-Up."
18. Thanksgiving.
19. "Come and Eat at My House."
20. "I Experienced a Loss."
21. "I Just Want to Sleep."
22. "Macon's Here."
23. "Two Differentnesses."
24. The Alley.
25. "Picture Us Married?"
26. Rose's Wedding.
27. "Macon, Come Home."
28. "Get Things Under Control."
29. "The Trouble With You..."
30. "You Don't Own Paris."
31. ."..A Bite Together."
32. "My Back Has Gone Out."
33. Surprise Visitor.
34. Taking Steps.
35. "Stop for That Woman."
36. End Credits.

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