The Accidental Tourist

Synopsis: 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
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Lawrence Kasdan
Production: Warner Home Video
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 10 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
121 min

The business traveller should bring

only what fits in a carryon bag.

Checking your luggage

is asking for trouble.

Add several travel-size packets

of detergent... you won't fall into the hands

of unfamiliar laundries.

There are very few necessities

in this world...

...which do not come

in travel-size packets.

One suit is plenty...

...if you take along travel-size packets

of spot remover.

The suit should be medium gray.

Gray not only hides the dirt

but is handy for sudden funerals.

Always bring a book

as protection against strangers.

Magazines don't last...

...and newspapers from elsewhere

remind you you don't belong.

But don't take more than one book.

It is a common mistake to overestimate

one's potential free time...

...and consequently over-pack.

In travel, as in most of life,

less is invariably more.

And most importantly, never take

along anything on your journey... valuable or dear...

...that its loss would devastate you.

- Sir, would you like a snack?

- Just some peanuts.

I'm sorry I'm so fat.

Name's Lucas Loomis.

Macon Leary.

You a Baltimore man?

- Yes.

- Me too.

Greatest city on the Earth.

One of these seats

is not really enough for me.

The stupid thing is,

I travel for a living.

I demonstrate software

to computer stores.

What do you do, Mr. Leary?

I write travel guidebooks.

Is that so? What kind?

Well, guides for businessmen...

...people just like you, I guess.

Accidental Tourist.

- Why, yes.

- Really? Am I right?

Well, what do you know?

Look at this:

Gray suit. Just what you recommend.

Appropriate for all occasions.

See my luggage?

Carryon. Change of underwear,

clean shirt, packet of detergent powder.

- Oh, good.

- You're my hero.

You've improved my trips 100 percent.

I tell my wife, Going with the Accidental

Tourist is like going in a cocoon.

Well, this is very nice to hear.

Times I've flown clear to Oregon

and hardly knew I left Baltimore.


I see you have your book

for protection there.

Didn't work with me, though, did it?

Edward, how you doing, boy?

- Hello, Sarah.

- Hello, Macon.

- You made good time from the airport.

- We landed early...

...even with the storm.

- I made you some tea.

- Well, that's very nice of you, Sarah.

So how was Atlanta?

About the same.

Peachtree Road, Peachtree Centre,

Peachtree Fire Hydrant.

Come on. Come on, Edward.

Hello, Edward.

He's a boy.

How's your ears?


I think he still expects Ethan

to come home, even after a year.



You know I love you.

But I can't live with you anymore.


What did you say?

I want a divorce, Macon.

I rented an apartment downtown.

Honey, listen, it's been a hard year.

We've had a hard time.

People who lose a child

often feeI this way.

It puts a terrible strain

on a marriage...

...but it doesn't have to tear us apart.

Listen, I've been thinking...

...have you considered

having another baby?

- Oh, Macon.

- I know we can't replace Ethan, but-

No, I'm sorry. It would never work.

All right, forget that.

It was a crazy idea, right?

Crazy notion, but...

AII I'm saying is, we can start over.

Macon, ever since Ethan died, I've had

to admit that people are basically bad.

EviI, Macon.

They're so eviI they'd take

our 12-year-old boy...

...and shoot him through the skull

for no reason.

There have been times

I haven't been sure I-

Haven't been sure I could live

in this kind of world anymore.

It's true what you say

about human beings.

I'm not trying to argue.

Tell me, Sarah, why would

that cause you to leave me?

Because I knew you wouldn't

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Frank Galati

Frank Galati (born November 29, 1943) is an American director, writer and actor. He was a member of Steppenwolf Theatre Company and an associate director at Goodman Theatre. He taught at Northwestern University for many years. more…

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