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Release Date: December 23rd, 1988

DVD Release Date: January 20th, 2004

PG|2 hr 1 min

Plot Summary
After the murder of their young son, the marriage between Macon (William Hurt) and his wife Sarah (Kathleen Turner) disintegrates, and she moves out. After a freak accident puts him on crutches, Macon goes to stay with his quirky siblings at the family home, where he meets the spirited Muriel (Geena Davis), a dog trainer with a young son of her own, with whom he begins a friendship. When Sarah learns about this, she attempts a reconciliation and Macon is forced to make a decision.

Cast: William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Geena Davis, Amy Wright, Bill Pullman, Robert Gorman, David Ogden Stiers, Ed Begley Jr.

Director: Lawrence Kasdan

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Warner Brothers/Seven Arts

Keywords: Touching, Engaging, Passionate, Emotional, Transformation, Son, Wife, Love, Family, 1980s, Brother

Ratings & Reviews

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  • I've never seen a movie so sad in which there was so much genuine laughter. The Accidental Tourist is one of the best films of the year. show more

  • The chief delight is Kasdan. “Body Heat” was appropriately slick, but “The Big Chill” and “Silverado” too much so. Tourist is edgier - also the work of a genuine craftsman. Frankly, I didn't think Kasdan had it in him. [23 Dec 1988, Life, p.1D]

  • The film's frequent longeurs, compulsive over-explicitness and unshakably morose hero seem like so many insistently ''literary'' qualities, ostentatiously laid over a cute, cartoonish vision that suggests not so much Anne Tyler as the affectionate quirkiness of ''The Mary Tyler Moore Show.'' [6 Jan 1989, Friday, p.A]

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Nominated Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1989)
Nominated Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Winner Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated Writing (Screenplay - Based on Material From Another Medium)
Nominated Music (Original Score)
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama