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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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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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25 November 1987 (USA)  »

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Planes, Trains and Automobiles  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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$49,230,280 (USA)
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Trivia

John Candy does a Jamaican impression in the hotel room when they're drinking the different types of alcohol. In "Cool Runnings" (1994) his character does a Jamaican impression to the Olympic qualifying judge after they tell him the qualifying time just got shorter. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Neal: [waitress hands them the bill, Neal nabs it] I'll get that. I've paid for everything else, why break precedent?
Del: You're making me feel like a freeloader!
Neal: Get me on the train, we're square.
Del: You got it. That's the easy part.
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There are no opening credits after the title, which scrolls across the screen like a plane, train, and automobile. See more »


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(Meet) the Flintstones
(1961)
Music by Hoyt Curtin (as Hoyt S. Curtin)
Lyrics by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
Performed by John Candy (uncredited)
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What a funny movie! They just don't make them like that anymore
25 January 2004 | by (troutdale) – See all my reviews

What is a more funny movie, then one with both Steve Martin and John Candy, `Planes, Trains and Automobiles,' kept me laughing the whole time. There's no better way to explain Martin and Candy, but truly funny. They are the ultimate odd couple. The up tight Neal Page (Martin) is a workaholic, just trying to see his family for Thanksgiving. When he runs into Del Grifith (John Candy), Neil learns to laugh and unwind. They couldn't be more wrong for each other. Through all the busyness of New York, it's ironic how two opposite people could possibly meet each other and become friends. Especially when they are so different and couldn't like one another any less. Del is a carefree, easy going, curtain ring sales men, that seems to have no problems in life. Though he hides one tearful secret, he keeps you laughing until the end.

When Neal is in such a hurry to get home for Thanksgiving with his family, he just has to have everything go wrong. It doesn't help that Neal is an overly obsessive, business man with no other purpose in life but to work and go home. After several attempts to never see each other again, Del and Neal learn to spend their trip together. After hopping from planes, trains and automobiles, a simple trip soon turns into quite an adventure, for the two odd friends. The fine acting and natural raw comedy between Martin and Candy adds an addicting appeal to the movie. The movie is rated R for the language that the characters use through the entire movie. Although that is what makes the movie so funny. It's a great ****ing movie! The film would probably appeal more towards an older audience because of the `intense' language used, though the film still holds a wholesome quality about it. It's a warm hearted film with lots to laugh about. The laughter of the film keeps you drawn in until the end, when the more serious nature of the film is displayed. `Planes, Trains and Automobiles' deserves a 7 out of 10.


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