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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Waitress (as Susan Kellerman)
George Petrie ...
Martin (as George O. Petrie)


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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Steve Martin had no reason to panic...until John Candy came along. See more »




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25 November 1987 (USA)  »

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Planes, Trains and Automobiles  »

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$49,230,280 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Marathon Car Rental scene is exactly one minute long from the time Steve Martin starts his tirade, to the time the attendant ends the scene. In that 60 seconds, the word "fucking" is used 18 times, that word is only said in that scene. See more »


On the bus the child running up and down the aisle accidentally conks the woman sitting in the front seat hard on top of her head with the handle of the toy he is playing with. Watch her eyes to see both how startled she was and also, to her credit, how determined she was not to let it show. See more »


Del: How do you turn this thing off?
[lightbulb breaks]
Del: Ouch!
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Crazy Credits

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 »


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Modigliani (Lost in Your Eyes)
Written by Susan Ottaviano, Jade Lee, and Theodore Ottaviano
Performed by Book of Love
Produced by Ivan Ivan
Courtesy of Sire Records
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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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