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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 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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25 November 1987 (USA)  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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$49,230,280 (USA)
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Trivia

John Candy uses the same line in two movies. "I know it's not pretty to look at but it'll get you where you wanna go." He says that about the car to the police officer. He says in "Cool Runnings" (1994) "I know it's not much to look at but..." He says that when revealing the team's bobsled for the first time. See more »

Goofs

In the second motel, when Neal and Del are drinking and talking, Neal finishes a little bottle of gin and then starts drinking a tequila Del threw over to him. But when Neal toasts the wives, he has gin in his hand again. See more »

Quotes

Del: You know you nearly killed me, slugging me in the gut when I wasn't ready! That'ss how Houdini died, you know!
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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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Featured in Hollywood's Top Ten: Thanksgiving Scenes (2011) See more »

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Six Days on the Road
(1959)
Written by Earl Green and Carl B. Montgomery
Performed by Steve Earle and John Mandoukos (as The Dukes)
Produced by Steve Earle and Tony Brown
Steve Earle performs courtesy of MCA Records
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The best Thanksgiving movie ever!
1 December 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

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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