The Accidental Tourist

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(out of 5)


Lawrence Kasdan’s masterpiece is this beautifully subtle relationship drama.  and  play an estranged couple whose marriage doesn’t seem to be surviving the death of their only son. Deciding that splitting up is the best solution, they agree on a trial separation and Hurt, a writer of handy travel books, goes to live with his incredibly oddball family. Even stranger than his relatives is the woman he meets when he signs his pesky dog up for training, a trainer with a curious fashion sense () who captures Hurt’s attention and brings him back to life for the first time in years. When Turner returns, insisting that their marriage can make it through after all, Hurt is forced to choose between two women who are both significant to him. The performances all sparkle, especially a marvelous Davis who brings out her character’s warmth beneath all the weird clothing and nervous mannerisms. This beauty is one of the highlights of the late eighties and a fine example of just how cinematic novelist Anne Tyler’s characters always seem to be (also check out the fine television film Earthly Possessions starring Susan Sarandon for another good example).


Warner Bros.

USA, 1988

Directed by

Screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan, , based on the book by 

Cinematography by 

Produced by , Lawrence Kasdan,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by Ruth Myers

Film Editing by

Academy Award
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Geena Davis as “Muriel”)

Nominations
Best Music (Original Score) (John Williams)
Best Picture (Lawrence Kasdan, Charles Okun, Michael Grillo, producers)
Best Writing (Screenplay Based on Material From Another Medium) (Frank Galati, Lawrence Kasdan)

Golden Globe Award Nominations
Best Motion Picture-Drama
Best Original Score-Motion Picture (John Williams)

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