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Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)

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

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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.... Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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25 November 1987 (USA)  »

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$49,230,280 (USA)
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The scenes shot at Lambert Airport in St. Louis were shot during winter but the weather was uncharacteristically warm (mid 80's F), so all the snow in the scene had to be trucked in. See more »

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Neal: I'd like one room for the night.
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[he lays them out - all of them are burned]
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Neal: Do you take cash?
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Music by Hoyt Curtin (as Hoyt S. Curtin)
Lyrics by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
Performed by John Candy (uncredited)
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"YOU'RE GOING THE WRONG WAY!!!!!!"
18 November 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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.


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