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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 <>

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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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Release Date:

25 November 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Planes, Trains and Automobiles  »

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$49,230,280 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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When Del Griffith clears his sinuses in the motel room, his nose is whistling sounds out the final chords to "Shave and a Haircut". See more »


When the car catches fire there is a sign which reads "Chicago 102 miles" but they drive the car to the motel, then drive it the next morning until they are stopped and the car is impounded. Then when they are in the back of the 18 wheeler, Del looks at his watch and states that they'll be in Chicago in 3 hours. See more »


Car Rental Agent: [cheerfully] Welcome to Marathon, may I help you?
Neal: Yes.
Car Rental Agent: How may I help you?
Neal: You can start by wiping that fucking dumb-ass smile off your rosey, fucking, cheeks! And you can give me a fucking automobile: a fucking Datsun, a fucking Toyota, a fucking Mustang, a fucking Buick! Four fucking wheels and a seat!
Car Rental Agent: I really don't care for the way you're speaking to me.
Neal: And I really don't care for the way your company left me in the middle of fucking nowhere with fucking keys to a fucking car that isn't ...
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References Three Coins in the Fountain (1954) See more »


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Martin & Candy make for a unique odd couple; hysterically funny holiday comedy
16 April 2003 | by (fairview, nj) – See all my reviews

PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES (1987) **** Steve Martin, John Candy, William Windom, Edie McClurg, Laila Robins, Kevin Bacon (cameo). One of my all time favorite comedies. Side-splittingly hilarious film by writer-director John Hughes about uptight advertising salesman Neal Page (Martin in a versatile comic turn) faced with many pitfalls in reluctantly traveling with obnoxious yet well-meaning shower curtain-ring salesman Del Griffith (Candy in arguably his best role) offering assistance and resulting in setback. Great scenes all around in this first-rate buddy road flick. Candy is bittersweet with his " I like me" moment but the best moments are him going down a highway the wrong way with two oncoming semis and Martin's priceless apoplectic moment at a car rental saying the "F" word 18 times (yes I counted! in fact I watched this video at least once a week for two years at college with my roommates laughing helplessly).

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