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Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  25 November 1987 (USA)
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A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving with an obnoxious slob of a shower curtain ring salesman as his only companion.

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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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What he really wanted was to spend Thanksgiving with his family. What he got was three days with the turkey. See more »

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$49,230,280 (USA)
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John Hughes' original choice for the train station and platform was the station in Kankakee, Illinois, 60 miles south of Chicago. The cast and crew were in town for a week waiting for weather cold enough to make snow... and several interior scenes were filmed at an abandoned warehouse using a "cover set". See more »

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When Neal Page is dropped off at the car rental parking lot, he looks for his parking space, V5. When he is looking, the camera is reflected in the back of one of the cars. See more »

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Cab Dispatcher: Hey! Get your car out of here!
Del: Yeah, just one sec.
Cab Dispatcher: GET IT OUT OF HERE!
Del: What is your problem? You insensitive asshole! Can't you see we have an injured man down here? Now I'll move my car, but I want you to help him up!
Neal: No!
Cab Dispatcher: [pulls gloves up] My pleasure.
[grabs Neal by his testicles]
Neal: Oh!
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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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Oh he's drunk, how would he know where we're going?
30 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Steve Marin and John Candy are hilarious together in this comedy about a guy trying to get home to his family for thanksgiving with a guy who is really annoying. Everything that could go wrong to these guys goes wrong. Steve Martin plays a guy who is a businessman who is very uptight and John Candy plays a guy that means well but talks a lot and can be very annoying. Together they have the worst luck they could possibly have. During their venture they learn a lot from each other and become really good friends. This movie has a good storyline and will keep you laughing through most of the movie. I think anyone who has a sense of humor can appreciate this movie.


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