The Accidental Tourist Movie Review 1988

Information and Film Reviews for The Accidental Tourist the Movie

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A bittersweet and subtle story, adapted faithfully from Anne Tyler's novel, of an introverted, grieving man who learns to love again after meeting an unconventional woman. After his son's death and subsequent separation from wife Turner, Macon Leary (Hurt) avoids emotional confrontation, burying himself in routines with the aid of his obsessive-compulsive siblings. Kooky dog-trainer Muriel Pritchett (an exuberant Davis) wins his attention, but not without struggle. Hurt effectively uses small gestures to describe Macon's emotional journey, while Davis grabs hearts with her open performance. Outstanding supporting cast.


Baker & Taylor Inc., 2709 Water Ridge Pkwy., Ste. 500, Charlotte, NC 28217, Phone: (704)357-3500, Toll-free: 800-775-1800, Email:, URL:

Available on VHS
Running time 121 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Romantic Drama, Books to Film: Anne Tyler, King of Beasts (Dogs), Divorce, Brothers & Sisters, Family Drama
Lawrence Kasdan
William Hurt, Geena Davis, Kathleen Turner, Ed Begley, David Ogden Stiers, Bill Pullman, Amy Wright
John Bailey
Lawrence Kasdan
John Williams


Oscars 1988: Support. Actress (Davis); N.Y. Film Critics 1988: Film.

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