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206 Ratings

The Accidental Tourist

Directed by Lawrence Kasdan
United States, 1988
Drama, Romance


An emotionally distant writer of travel guides must carry on with his life after his son is killed and his marriage crumbles.

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The Accidental Tourist Directed by Lawrence Kasdan

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1989 | Winner: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

1989 | 3 nominations including: Best Picture

BAFTA Awards

1990 | Nominee: Best Screenplay - Adapted

Writers Guild of America

1989 | Nominee: Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (Screen)

Golden Globes (USA)

1989 | 2 nominations including: Best Motion Picture - Drama

Critics reviews

Why is the inability to feel such a popular and respected subject in contemporary American movies? William Hurt makes his way through most of The Accidental Tourist, the new Lawrence Kasdan film based on Anne Tyler’s novel, like a human slug, devoid of energy, emotion, or much thought—a freeze-dried mass of nerveless inertia—and audiences appear to be cheering him on.
January 13, 1989
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