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Accidental Tourist [DVD] [1988] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

William Hurt , Kathleen Turner , Lawrence Kasdan    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Geena Davis, Amy Wright, David Ogden Stiers
  • Directors: Lawrence Kasdan
  • Writers: Lawrence Kasdan, Anne Tyler, Frank Galati
  • Producers: Lawrence Kasdan, Charles Okun, John Malkovich, Michael Grillo
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Jan 2004
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000TG8XY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 231,887 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film of a brilliant novel 18 Aug 2008
By G. E. Harrison TOP 500 REVIEWER
When I first saw this film I really liked it, mainly because it wasn't a formula film and I couldn't begin to figure out what would happen next. I hadn't seen anything like this for years: it was like a 1930s domestic comedy - driven by character and dialogue, rather than by action. The film was based on a 1985 Pulitzer-nominated novel by Anne Tyler, (I liked the film so much I went out and read the novel and now Anne Tyler is one of my favourite novelists.)

The actors playing the central characters - William Hurt as Macon Leary, Kathleen Turner as his wife and Geena Davis all give really good performances. Davis's portrayal of whacky Muriel Pritchett won her an Oscar for best supporting actress, but Hurt and Turner, playing a couple traumatised by the tragic death of their young son, are much less 'animated' and more subtle, and totally believable. Indeed Hurt plays his part as though he is sleep walking and still manages to earn our sympathy. The supporting cast also shines, particularly Leary's sister and brothers and Pritchett's young son. Lawrence Kasdan's direction is fairly low-key but brilliantly catches all the nuances of this family saga and the film really deserved its Oscar nomination for best picture.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully acted 18 Dec 2006
This is a wonderfully touching portait of a man, Hurt, who cannot grieve for his dead son and eventually ends up losing his marriage as well.

He writes travel books for people who hate travelling. For a while, after an accident, he goes back to the family home where his two dysfunctional brothers and sisters live cut off from the outside world.

Then he meets a dog trainer, Geena Davis who is both wonderfully whacky and vulnerable and a rocky romance begins. As this is a Kasdan film nothing is ever straight forward, like real life really.

Superbly acted by Hurt, Davis and Turner.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Melancholy but great 12 July 2013
This film won a lot of awards and if you open script-writing textbooks or certain academic film books its name will appear. This combined with the classic romantic comedy style poster and the word funny appearing 3 times in the blurb and quotes lead me to believe the film would be quite mainstream and classical.
However, what makes it so interesting is that it isn't really those things. It is in fact really dark, melancholy and tragic. I mean all those things in a positive way but it really caught me off guard as its reputation doesn't suggest what would be today classed as a dark indie movie. It is about grief and loss and cutting yourself off from the world so it can't hurt you again.
Never been a fan of William Hurt, always found him unemotional and unengaging and never understood why he kept getting work. The Accidental Tourist is the reason why because he is really brilliant in this film and gives a magnificent and unique performance and completely changed my opinion of the guy.
The rest of the cast are also great with Kathleen Turner, Geena Davis and Bill Pullman all on top form. The film does have funny moments in it but in a quirky indie way brought out of awkward situations with the protagonists strange but enchanting family and really well written dialogue with Geena Davis getting all the best lines. Plus there is a comedic dog which always helps a film.
So it does have funny moments and its narrative does follow a romantic struggle but I stand by the fact that it is a really mature look at melancholy, depression and trying to live again after experiencing terrible loss. A must see film but much darker and tragic than it's reputation suggests.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
William Hurt and Kathleen Turner join Geena Davis, in the bittersweet comedy about a travel writer's unlikely new romance.

After the death of his son, Macon Leary, a travel writer, seems to be sleep walking through life. Macon's wife, seems to be having trouble too, and thinks it would be best if the two would just split up. After the break up, Macon meets a strange outgoing woman, who seems to bring him back down to earth. After starting a relationship with the outgoing woman, Macon's wife seems to think that their marriage is still worth a try. Macon is then forced to deal many decisions.
This is a wonderful film by Lawrence Kasdan about a man who withdraws from his relationships with other people and the world after a terrible family tragedy. William Hurt plays the character of 'Macon', a man who writes books for people who don't want to travel and has become as grey and dull as his suit. His wife Sarah the vibrant Kathleen Turner separates from him and after an accident he goes to live with his family who live a life organised by his sister, Rose (Amy Wright) and settles into a dull routine. Even his dog seems to be turning against him, then he meets Muriel (Geena Davis) when boarding his dog and she not only teaches the dog new tricks but also shows Macon that his ways can be changed too.But Geena Davis really takes advantage of each moment and lights up every scene she's in. She's perfectly cast as the kitschy, free-spirited dog trainer and was well deserving of her `Best Supporting Actress' Oscar win.
Accidental Tourist is very much in the same mood as The big Chill and Grand Canyon Lawrence Kasdan has let the silence speak and describe the life of the characters.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars I Paid For Postage Even Though This Item Was Listed As 'UK Free...
I bought this item 29th Dec. 2013, it didn't arrive at any speed and took a while to get to me, which would have been fine as my understanding was that postage was free. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jill Sedgwick
4.0 out of 5 stars good
The subject is difficult, but I enjoy myself to find again the couple William Hurt and Kathleen Turner several years after Body Heat.
Published 3 months ago by carosalf
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful movie
You really need to see this. It's calm, thoughtful, entertaining, funny, and very sad.
But not that awful American mushy sadness, don't worry.
Published 5 months ago by S. J. Evans
1.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the book
Sometimes afilm is better than the book, not in this case, Possibly because also
Geena Davis is so painfully thin.
Published 12 months ago by catherine koppana
5.0 out of 5 stars Little gem
This is a little gem of a movie which has not had the acclaim it deserves. Funny and well acted
Published 17 months ago by louislou
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite movie
This is such an honest film - immensely sad but full of hope. The actors, while hollywood stars, give the performances of their lives.
Published 20 months ago by Maccoll Hamish
5.0 out of 5 stars The Accidental Tourist DVD
Having read the book by Anne Tyler, The Accidental Tourist, which is excellent, we wanted to try the film. Read more
Published on 29 Dec 2011 by Justine
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this film
I've seen it several times and just watched it again over the weekend. Beautifully acted, very moving and also very funny in places. William Hurt and Geena Davis are superb.
Published on 24 Oct 2011 by Susanne
5.0 out of 5 stars A gentle, quirky film which deserves to be better-known
Fancy getting away from the froth and clangour of modern-day Hollywood films? This is one for you then, as it is as different from the current tide of so-called block-busters... Read more
Published on 12 Sep 2011 by Martin Nowers
5.0 out of 5 stars A Keeper!
This is an old film (1988) but it is one of those films that reward repeat viewing. It is in turns, funny, touching and illuninating of the human experience. Read more
Published on 31 Mar 2011 by Mary Marsh
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