The Accidental Tourist
is a 1988 American drama film starring William Hurt
, Kathleen Turner
, and Geena Davis
. It was directed by Lawrence Kasdan
and scored by John Williams
. The film's screenplay was adapted by Kasdan and Frank Galati
from the novel of the same name
by Anne Tyler
. One of the most acclaimed films of 1988, it was nominated for four Academy Awards
including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, and Geena Davis
won Best Supporting Actress for her performance.
Macon Leary is a Baltimore, Maryland
writer of travel guides for reluctant business travelers. After the murder of his 12 year old son, Ethan, during a shooting at a fast-food restaurant, he and his wife Sarah find their marriage disintegrating. Eventually she moves out of the house and into an apartment. When Macon becomes incapacitated due to a fall down his basement stairs, he returns to the family home to stay with his eccentric siblings — sister Rose and brothers Porter and Charles — whose odd habits include alphabetizing the groceries in the kitchen cabinets, ignoring the ringing telephone, and playing an invented card game called "Vaccination." Macon's publisher, Julian, comes to visit and finds himself attracted to Rose despite their obvious differences.
Macon hires Muriel Pritchett, a quirky young woman with a sickly son, to train his unruly dog Edward, a Cardigan Welsh Corgi
, whom he cannot bear to give away because he once belonged to Ethan. ... Read More