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The Accidental Tourist (1988)




Critic Consensus: Generous with its characters' foibles and virtues, The Accidental Tourist is a thoughtful drama vested with insight into the complications of relationships.

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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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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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Critic Reviews for The Accidental Tourist

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (2)

I've never seen a movie so sad in which there was so much genuine laughter.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

It's perfect in every way -- like Lost In Translation, The Piano and a few others, it's the sort of intimate movie that irrevocably touches certain viewers while leaving the rest shrugging their shoulders.

December 28, 2021 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

As a comedy, Accidental Tourist is smart, witty and sophisticated.

October 10, 2019 | Full Review…

It has that slow rhythm, but without calm, very much to the taste of its director. [Full Review in Spanish]

September 3, 2019 | Full Review…

The strength of the film is that of the novel: an intoxicating brew of irresistable characters.

December 8, 2017 | Full Review…

The emotional complexities unearthed are distinctly adult.

July 16, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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.
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
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
Alice Shen

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