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Planes, Trains & Automobiles

Plot

A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving, with an obnoxious slob of a shower ring salesman his only companion.

Release Year: 1987

Rating: 7.5/10 (43,665 voted)

Director:
John Hughes

Stars: Steve Martin, John Candy, Laila Robins

Storyline
All that Neal Page wants to do is to get home for Thanksgiving. His flight has been cancelled due to bad weather, so he decides on other means of transport. As well as bad luck, Neal is blessed with the presence of Del Griffith, Shower Curtain Ring Salesman and all-around blabbermouth, who is never short of advice, conversation, bad jokes, or company. And when he decides that he is going the same direction as Neal….

Cast:

Steve Martin

Neal Page


John Candy

Del Griffith


Laila Robins

Susan Page


Michael McKean

State Trooper


Kevin Bacon

Taxi Racer


Dylan Baker

Owen


Carol Bruce

Joy


Olivia Burnette

Marti


Diana Douglas

Peg


Martin Ferrero

Second Motel Clerk


Larry Hankin

Doobie


Richard Herd

Walt


Susan Kellermann

Waitress

(as Susan Kellerman)


Matthew Lawrence

Little Neal


Edie McClurg

Car Rental Agent

Taglines:
What he really wanted was to spend Thanksgiving with his family. What he got was three days with the turkey.

Release Date: 25 November 1987

Filming Locations: Batavia, New York, USA

Opening Weekend: $7,009,482
(USA)
(29 November 1987)
(1118 Screens)

Gross: $49,230,280
(USA)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:

The house used as Neal's family home is actually in Kenilworth on Warwick. The home used in "Home Alone" was on Lincoln Ave. in Winnetka, one town over.

Goofs:

Continuity:
After Neil yells at Del Griffith in the Wichita motel, it shows Del Griffith sit back down on the bed with the lamp behind him turned on, then it goes to a shot of Neil, but when it goes back to Del Griffith the lamp is turned off

Quotes:

State Trooper:
What the hell are you driving here?

Del:
We had a small fire last night, but we caught it in the nick of time.

State Trooper:
Do you have any idea how fast you were going?

Del:
Funny enough, I was just talking to my friend about that. Our speedometer has melted and as a result it's very hard to see with any degree of accuracy exactly how fast we were going.



User Review

"YOU'RE GOING THE WRONG WAY!!!!!!"

Rating: 9/10

I'm not sure who is responsible for bringing Steve Martin
and
John Candy together,but they are a genius in my book,and
they
were brought together with just the right material.This
comedy
from John Hughes is without question his best work as a
director.
I look at this film as a modern day Laurel and Hardy romp,which,
incredibly was not included in the AFI's Top 100 comedies.It
will
cause you tears,both from laughter and it's touching ending.It
is
about two very different ways of life,clashing in the beginning,
but slowly coming together from the realization they we are
all
human,despite our differences.It is becoming a tradition at
the
Williams household to view this movie every Thanksgiving.It is
a
must see,must own film. Thumbs up.