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Accidental Tourist, The Movie

Movie Review for Accidental Tourist, The


This 80's movie is based on the book written by Anne Tyler, who explores how a tragedy can shatter the life of a family and take them through different roads.

Accidental Tourist, The DVD

DVD Release

The DVD for the movie Accidental Tourist, The was released on June 1, 2004 by Warner Home Video and is rated PG.


Accidental Tourist begins with the assassination of the son of Macon Leary, a travel writer. Due to the grief that both he and his wife are suffering, their relationship is compromised. In order to stabilize their lives, they decide to separate for a while.

The turn in the plot of Accidental Tourist comes when, almost on the brink of becoming a hermit, Leary decides to return to his parentsí house. There, he meets a girl that places him in a difficult position. Should he return to his old life with his wife or start a new one with his new acquaintance?


Macon Leary - William Hurt
Sarah Leary - Kathleen Turner
Muriel Pritchett - Geena Davis
Rose Leary - Amy Wright
Porter Leary - David Ogden Stiers
Charles Leary - Ed Begley Jr.
Julian - Bill Pullman


The novel version of Accidental Tourist won the 1985 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction.

Accidental Tourist received the following nominations for the following Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actress, Best Picture and Best Writing.

Academy Awards:

Geena Davis won for Best Actress In A Supporting Role for the role of Muriel in Accidental Tourist, The.

JOHN WILLIAMS won for Best Original Score for Accidental Tourist, The.

Lawrence Kasdan, Charles Okun and Michael Grillo, Producers won for Best Picture for Accidental Tourist, The.

80's Film Facts:

The Movie Accidental Tourist, The was released to theatres on 12/23/1988 and grossed $32,632,000 at the box office in the US.

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