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
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The car that Neal and Del drive was modeled after the Wagon Queen Family Truckster from National Lampoon's Vacation (1983), which John Hughes wrote 4 years earlier. See more »
When the two men are driving the burned-hull car, they appear to be stopped by a Wisconsin State Trooper. However, if they are driving from St. Louis to Chicago, there should be no need to go through Wisconsin. I-55 should be a direct route from St. Louis to Chicago. See more »
Do you have seventeen dollars and a good watch?
No I don't. I have uh... two dollars... and a Casio.
I'm going to have to say goodnight, so...
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After all the end credits, we get to see advertising exec William Windom in the office as in the scene in the beginning of the movie, still examining the pictures Neal Page were waiting for him to get through with at that point. See more »
When jittery advertising executive Neal Page (Steve Martin) is trying to go home for Thanksgiving, he gets stuck with boorish shower ring salesman Del Griffith (John Candy). Their experiences over the next two days are some of the funniest moments ever to grace the silver screen. The best parts are the "pillow" scene, the car rental scene, and the freeway scene (warning: you may very well laugh yourself to death). But overall, the reason that the movie is so good is because we come to understand why these two men are like they are.
I can't do "Planes, Trains & Automobiles" justice by trying to describe it. You have to see it to understand how hilarious it is. You won't have a dull moment in it.
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