The Accidental Tourist (1988)

PG | 121 mins | Comedy-drama | 23 December 1988

Director:

Lawrence Kasdan

Cinematographer:

John Bailey

Editor:

Carol Littleton

Production Designer:

Bo Welch

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures
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HISTORY

During opening credits and throughout the film, voice-over narration by actor William Hurt, as character “Macon Leary,” recites excerpts from Macon’s travel book series, The Accidental Tourist.
       End credits state: “The Producers wish to thank The Baltimore Film Commission, The Maryland Film Commission and the people of Baltimore for their help in the making of this film.”
       Though an 18 Sep 1987 LAHExam news brief mentioned principal photography was set to begin Jan 1988, and the 8 Oct 1987 DV noted filming was planned for late Oct 1987, the 8 Dec 1987 HR production chart announced principal photography actually started 9 Nov 1987. Studio production notes in AMPAS library files stated the first eleven days of production took place in Paris, France, and London, England. European filming locales included: a Burger King fast food restaurant on the Champs-Élysées and the Place des Pyramides in Paris; and the London locations of Westminster Bridge, Paddington Rail Station, Holborn Underground Station, and along the Victoria Embankment. An undated HR production chart reported 11 Jan 1988 as the start of photography in Los Angeles, CA and Baltimore, MD. Production notes listed the following locations: The Burbank Studios in Burbank, CA; West Cold Springs Lane in Baltimore, MD; the Tuxedo Pharmacy and Eddie’s Supermarket on Roland Avenue in Baltimore; the Baltimore neighborhoods of Mount Vernon and Greenmount/Kirk; and the Darnell-Tillman house in Baltimore.
       An 11 Jan 1989 HR article stated the film went into limited release on 23 Dec 1988 in Los Angeles, Toronto, Canada, and New York, followed by a general release opening on 6 ... More Less

During opening credits and throughout the film, voice-over narration by actor William Hurt, as character “Macon Leary,” recites excerpts from Macon’s travel book series, The Accidental Tourist.
       End credits state: “The Producers wish to thank The Baltimore Film Commission, The Maryland Film Commission and the people of Baltimore for their help in the making of this film.”
       Though an 18 Sep 1987 LAHExam news brief mentioned principal photography was set to begin Jan 1988, and the 8 Oct 1987 DV noted filming was planned for late Oct 1987, the 8 Dec 1987 HR production chart announced principal photography actually started 9 Nov 1987. Studio production notes in AMPAS library files stated the first eleven days of production took place in Paris, France, and London, England. European filming locales included: a Burger King fast food restaurant on the Champs-Élysées and the Place des Pyramides in Paris; and the London locations of Westminster Bridge, Paddington Rail Station, Holborn Underground Station, and along the Victoria Embankment. An undated HR production chart reported 11 Jan 1988 as the start of photography in Los Angeles, CA and Baltimore, MD. Production notes listed the following locations: The Burbank Studios in Burbank, CA; West Cold Springs Lane in Baltimore, MD; the Tuxedo Pharmacy and Eddie’s Supermarket on Roland Avenue in Baltimore; the Baltimore neighborhoods of Mount Vernon and Greenmount/Kirk; and the Darnell-Tillman house in Baltimore.
       An 11 Jan 1989 HR article stated the film went into limited release on 23 Dec 1988 in Los Angeles, Toronto, Canada, and New York, followed by a general release opening on 6 Jan 1989, which brought in an amount of $6.118 million on 863 screens. The 6 Mar 1989 DV reported the film’s engagement in London, at the Cannon Fulham Road Theater and the Shaftesbury Avenue theatre, broke box office records: the Shaftesbury Avenue theatre grossing $19,000 and the Cannon Fulham Road Theater taking in $40,000 during the first week.
       A 28 Jun 1985 Publishers Weekly article and 10 Jul 1985 HR brief reported the film as the first joint venture between Warner Bros. and the production company of actor John Malkovich and his agent Phyllis Carlyle.
       An article in the 1 Dec 1988 Rolling Stone reported author Anne Tyler had declined to write the film’s screenplay before writer Frank Galati was hired. It was also reported that Galati completed the screenplay in eighteen months. Director Lawrence Kasdan agreed to direct the film, however, he requested to “rewrite the script.” The Rolling Stone article further mentioned actors Steve Martin and Bill Murray were proposed by Warner Bros. for the character of “Macon Leary” before actor William Hurt accepted the role.
       An article in the 25 Jan 1989 Var reported an increase of sales for the paperback edition of the source novel by author Anne Tyler, after the film’s release. The book was listed as number three on the 22 Jan 1989 NYT Paperback Best Sellers.
       The Accidental Tourist received one Academy Award for Actress in a Supporting Role (Geena Davis). The film was nominated for three Academy Awards in the following categories: Music (Original Score), Writing (Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium), and Best Picture. The film was also nominated for two Golden Globe Awards in the following categories: Best Original Score, and Best Motion Picture --Drama. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
8 Oct 1987
p. 3.
Daily Variety
27 Oct 1987
p. 3.
Daily Variety
3 May 1988
p. 3.
Daily Variety
7 Dec 1988
p. 3, 19.
Daily Variety
6 Mar 1989
p. 31.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Jul 1985.
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Hollywood Reporter
17 Nov 1987.
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Hollywood Reporter
18 Nov 1987.
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Hollywood Reporter
8 Dec 1987.
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Hollywood Reporter
3 Aug 1988.
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Hollywood Reporter
7 Dec 1988
p. 4, 40.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Jan 1989.
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LAHExam
1 Mar 1989.
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LAHExam
18 Sep 1987.
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Los Angeles Times
23 Dec 1988
Calendar, p. 1.
New York Times
23 Dec 1988
Section C, p. 12.
New York Times
15 Jan 1989
p. 215.
Publishers Weekly
28 Jun 1985.
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Rolling Stone
1 Dec 1988
p. 29.
USA Today
6 Jan 1989.
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Variety
20 Jan 1988
p. 80.
Variety
27 Jan 1988
p. 34.
Variety
21 Dec 1988
p. 13.
Variety
25 Jan 1989
p. 38.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Warner Bros. Presents
A Lawrence Kasdan Film
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
DGA trainee
Prod mgr, London
1st asst dir, London
2d asst dir, London
Prod mgr, Paris
1st asst dir, Paris
2d asst dir, Paris
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Exec prod
WRITERS
Based on the book by
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Chief lighting tech
Chief lighting tech
Asst chief lighting tech
Rigging gaffer
Grip best boy
Dolly grip
Still photog
1st asst cam, Baltimore
2d asst cam, Baltimore
Still photog, Baltimore
Cam op, London
Clapper loader, London
Cam grip, London
Gaffer, London
Still photog, London
Cam op, Paris
Chief elec, Paris
Chief grip, Paris
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
Asst art dir
Illustrator
Art dir, London
Art dir, Paris
FILM EDITORS
Asst film ed
Asst film ed
Negative cutting
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Lead person
Baltimore lead person
Swing gang
Swing gang
Swing gang
Greensman
Greensman
Prop master
Asst prop master
Const coord
Standby painter
Set des
Set des
Set des
Const coord, London
Prod buyer, London
Prop master, London
Prop master, Paris
Prod buyer, Paris
Const coord, Paris
COSTUMES
Cost des
Key costumer
Women's costumer
Women's costumer
Ward, London
Ward, Paris
MUSIC
Mus ed
Mus score mixer
SOUND
Supv sd ed
Prod sd mixer
Boom op
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
ADR ed
ADR ed
Dial ed
Dial ed
Foley ed
Foley ed
Sd asst
Sd asst
Sd asst
Sd asst
Sd mixer, London
Boom op, London
Sd maintenance eng, London
Sd mixer, Paris
Boom op, Paris
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Titles & opt eff
Spec visual eff
MAKEUP
Hairstylist
Makeup, Baltimore
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Scr supv
Office asst
Prod accountant
Asst to Lawrence Kasdan
Asst to prod
Loc mgr
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Transportation capt
Craft service
Unit pub
Casting assoc
First aid
Animal trainer
Animal trainer
Transportation coord, Baltimore
Transportation capt, Baltimore
Loc contact, Baltimore
Loc casting, Baltimore
Loc projectionist, Baltimore
Office asst, Baltimore
Office asst, Baltimore
Office asst, Baltimore
Office asst, Baltimore
Office asst, Baltimore
Office asst, Baltimore
Loc mgr, London
Prod coord, London
Prod contact, London
Casting, London
Unit pub, London
Prod accountant, London
Loc mgr, Paris
Unit mgr, Paris
Asst unit mgr, Paris
Prod coord, Paris
Casting, Paris
Extra casting, Paris
Auditor, Paris
STAND INS
Stunt person
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col timer
Col by
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler (New York, 1985).
AUTHOR
SONGS
"I'm Gonna Lasso Santa Claus," written by Frankie Adams and Wilbur Jones.
DETAILS
Release Date:
23 December 1988
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles, New York, and Toronto openings: 23 December 1988
Production Date:
9 November -- late December 1987 in Paris and London
11 January -- early May 1988 in Baltimore and Los Angeles
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros., Inc.
Copyright Date:
10 April 1989
Copyright Number:
PA416486
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Lenses
Filmed in Panavision®
Duration(in mins):
121
MPAA Rating:
PG
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
29469
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In Baltimore, Maryland, Macon Leary, author of the travel book series, The Accidental Tourist, returns home to his wife, Sarah Leary, and their dog, a Welsh Corgi named Edward. Sarah tells Macon she wants a divorce, as she has not gotten over the murder of their twelve-year-old son, Ethan, during a fast food restaurant robbery the previous year. Macon attempts to convince her to stay. Sarah, however, does not want to withdraw and distrust people, as he has. The following day, before a business trip to London, England, Macon drops Edward the dog off to be boarded. There, he meets Muriel Pritchett, a divorced dog trainer. A week later, Macon returns to pick Edward up. Muriel tells him she could train Edward, but Macon turns down her offer. The next evening, Muriel calls and invites him over for dinner. Macon declines and hangs up. Later, as Macon does laundry in the basement, Edward is startled by the washing machine. The dog jumps onto Macon and knocks him to the floor, breaking his leg. To recover from his injury, Macon and Edward move into his childhood home with his reclusive siblings: sister, Rose, and brothers, Porter and Charles. Macon’s publisher, Julian Hedge, arrives to check on him and meets Macon’s family, taking an instant liking to Rose. When Edward bites Macon’s hand, Rose suggests sending the dog to obedience school. Macon calls Muriel. Muriel arrives to train Edward. Macon tells Muriel about his travel writing, and she states her favorite place to visit is Paris. ... +


In Baltimore, Maryland, Macon Leary, author of the travel book series, The Accidental Tourist, returns home to his wife, Sarah Leary, and their dog, a Welsh Corgi named Edward. Sarah tells Macon she wants a divorce, as she has not gotten over the murder of their twelve-year-old son, Ethan, during a fast food restaurant robbery the previous year. Macon attempts to convince her to stay. Sarah, however, does not want to withdraw and distrust people, as he has. The following day, before a business trip to London, England, Macon drops Edward the dog off to be boarded. There, he meets Muriel Pritchett, a divorced dog trainer. A week later, Macon returns to pick Edward up. Muriel tells him she could train Edward, but Macon turns down her offer. The next evening, Muriel calls and invites him over for dinner. Macon declines and hangs up. Later, as Macon does laundry in the basement, Edward is startled by the washing machine. The dog jumps onto Macon and knocks him to the floor, breaking his leg. To recover from his injury, Macon and Edward move into his childhood home with his reclusive siblings: sister, Rose, and brothers, Porter and Charles. Macon’s publisher, Julian Hedge, arrives to check on him and meets Macon’s family, taking an instant liking to Rose. When Edward bites Macon’s hand, Rose suggests sending the dog to obedience school. Macon calls Muriel. Muriel arrives to train Edward. Macon tells Muriel about his travel writing, and she states her favorite place to visit is Paris. In the evening, Julian Hedge arrives at the Leary house unannounced. Rose invites him to join her and her brothers for coffee. The following day, Muriel trains Edward with new commands and tells Macon about her son, Alexander. She suggests the three of them go to a movie one evening, but Macon politely refuses. On Thanksgiving Day, Rose brings out the turkey she roasted for her brothers, Julian, and their neighbor, Mrs. Barrett. However, Macon argues the turkey did not get cooked at a high enough temperature and refuses to have any. Upset, Rose declares her brothers want to make her look bad in front of Julian, and leaves the table. Julian stays and helps himself to two servings of turkey. Later, Muriel and Macon take Edward into town to test his obedience training. Muriel invites Macon over for dinner with her and her son. He agrees as they pick up Alexander from his doctor’s office. However, Macon decides to cancel and drives over to her apartment to slip a note under the door. Muriel catches him, and Macon tells her about his son’s murder. She invites him inside and leads him to her bedroom, where they lie down together and kiss. Later, Macon and Edward move in with Muriel and Alexander. One afternoon, Julian tells Macon he is going to propose to Rose at Christmas. Later, Macon takes Edward for a walk and hears Alexander being teased by other children while walking to school. He walks the boy the rest of the way. At Muriel’s apartment, Macon offers to pay for Alexander to attend a private school. In response, she asks if he would ever marry her. When Macon responds he may not want to marry again, she gets upset. Later, Macon, Muriel and Alexander attend Rose and Julian’s wedding. Rose has not bothered to inform her brother that his estranged wife, Sarah, is her maid of honor. Before Macon leaves on a trip to Canada, Muriel tells him she is afraid he will leave her. Macon tells her he would not do that. When he arrives in Canada, Sarah calls and informs Macon that Rose has moved back with her brothers because she was worried about them living without her to take care of them. While on the telephone, they enjoy talking to one another. Before flying home, Sarah asks Macon for a reconciliation. When he returns to Baltimore, he moves back into his former house with Sarah. Later, Julian visits Macon and asks if Rose would consider returning to him, but Macon is not sure. He states that Rose likes keeping things in order, and suggests letting her organize Julian’s office. In the living room that afternoon, Sarah shows Macon a sofa bed she purchased. He kisses her and they make love. However, that night, they have an argument about Macon’s inability to trust others. Later, Macon boards a plane to Paris, France, and sees Muriel on the flight. While airborne, Muriel tells Macon he needs her in his life. In Paris, Macon discovers Muriel is staying at the same hotel. The following evening, she visits Macon’s room and asks him to dinner. Macon agrees, and they go to a nearby Burger King fast food restaurant. Early the next morning, Macon injures his back. Unable to move, he hears Muriel knock on his door. However, he does not answer and she leaves. Macon calls Julian to inform him that he is hurt. However, Rose answers the telephone and tells Macon she is working at the publishing office. Later, Macon is surprised when Sarah arrives to help him recuperate and complete his travel research. She gives Macon a sleeping pill and he falls asleep. After he wakes, Sarah informs Macon she saw Muriel, but Macon assures her he did not know Muriel was traveling to Paris. Later, Sarah brings Macon some food and tells him Julian moved in with Rose and her brothers. That night, Macon packs his suitcase and wakes Sarah to tell her he wants to be with Muriel. Sarah predicted he would leave her, and hugs him goodbye. Outside, Macon places his suitcase on the ground and pulls out a photograph of his son, Ethan, before walking away. He sees a taxicab and calls out for it. A young boy, the same age as his son, halts the cab and assists Macon into the backseat. While driving to the airport, Macon spots Muriel and requests the driver to stop. Muriel sees Macon inside the taxi and smiles. +

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