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The Accidental Tourist
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1989 Warner
2008 FSM
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Herbert Spencer
John Neufeld

2008 Album Produced by:
Lukas Kendall
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Warner Bros. Records
(January 24th, 1989)

Film Score Monthly
(May, 2008)
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The 1989 Warner album was a regular commercial release, but it was completely out of print by 1996 and valued at $60 or above. The 2008 FSM album is a straight retail re-issue without limitation on unit quantities.
Nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe.
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Buy it... only if you have already established a liking for John Williams' highly repetitive, subdued character scores of relatively simplistic development.

Avoid it... if you have become accustomed to the inherent warmth and sense of magic that emanate from the complexities of Williams' many superior character scores.
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WRITTEN 6/15/98, REVISED 2/25/10
The Accidental Tourist: (John Williams) A film about both depression and laughter, The Accidental Tourist reunited director Lawrence Kasdan with actors William Hurt and Kathleen Turner. Having established themselves in Body Heat several years earlier, they turned their attention to this adaptation of Anne Tyler's novel. Hurt's character writes travel books for people afraid of traveling, and upon his son's death, he falls into a hopeless depression that causes his wife, Turner, to leave him. Through his dog, the only connection he has to the outside world is the quirky Geena Davis, who he meets at a kennel. Davis begins the task of bringing the author back to life, and she manages to slowly accomplish this through humor and determination. The Accidental Tourist certainly dwells in the lengthy scenes of Hurt's character's loneliness, and much of John Williams' score for the film mirrors that introverted reflection. But the integration of the humor into the story, as well as Kasdan's ability to make the characters likeable even through their troubles, launched The Accidental Tourist to critical success. Coming at the end of a relatively sparse period in Williams' career in the mid-1980's (he had become heavily involved with the Boston Pops at the beginning of the decade and that took time away from his composing duties), The Accidental Tourist would achieve yet another Academy Award nomination for Williams, whose work received awards recognition more often than not at the time. The score also became one of the composer's first debuting works to be offered to fans on the new CD format. His restrained character scores, while obviously not the most memorable in his career, were still considered top products at the time. Debate between Williams collectors continues, however, about the merits of these character works; The Accidental Tourist shares many traits with Stanley & Iris, Stepmom, and Williams' half a dozen other subdued efforts, and to adequately rate them against each other, there are intangible factors of warmth and magic that come into play. Somewhere in the middle of that list, The Accidental Tourist resides.

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Average: 3.1 Stars
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A timeless masterpiece   Expand >>
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One of Williams' greatest!
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Incredible Work 5 Stars
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Audio Samples   ▼
Both Albums Tracks   ▼Total Time: 41:36
• 1. Main Title (2:31)
• 2. Maron Alone (4:41)
• 3. Trip to London (1:52)
• 4. The Healing Process (5:09)
• 5. Fixing the Plumbing (3:13)
• 6. On a Rainy Afternoon (3:10)
• 7. A Second Chance (3:10)
• 8. Wedding Scene (2:49)
• 9. Back with Sara (4:03)
• 10. Bedroom Conversation (4:36)
• 11. Rose and Julian (2:08)
• 12. A New Beginning (3:26)
• 13. End Credits (A Second Chance - Reprise) (3:10)

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The insert of the 1989 Warner album includes no extra information about the score or film. The 2008 Film Score Monthly album contains the label's usual level of extensive notation about the film and score.
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