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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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Storyline

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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Comedy

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Release Date:

25 November 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Planes, Trains and Automobiles  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,009,482, 29 November 1987, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$49,530,280
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie ends with a freeze frame of John Candy with a tight lipped grin. Uncle Buck ends exactly the same way, a freeze frame of John Candy with the same expression. See more »

Goofs

Two comments address the fact that the state trooper who stops Del and Neal is wearing a Wisconsin badge. According to the Director's cut of the movie, this was a scene that was filmed to indicate that they had gone too far, but, due to cuts, that dialogue was removed from the scene. Also, the motel they stayed in the night before was actually north of Chicago, another nod to the same idea (that the two of them had already traveled too far.) See more »

Quotes

Marti Page: Mom, is Grandpa Walter going to give me noogies?
Susan Page: Of course he's going to give you noogies. He loves giving you noogies. That's how he tells you he loves you.
Little Neal Page: Why doesn't he give me noogies?
Susan Page: Because you get Indian burns.
Little Neal Page: But I prefer noogies.
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Crazy Credits

There are no opening credits after the title, which scrolls across the screen like a plane, train, and automobile. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Shakey Recovery (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Gonna Move
Written by Dave Edmunds & Nick Lowe
Performed and Produced by Dave Edmunds
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How To Drive Someone Crazy
4 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

Steve Martin and John Candy do a wonderful job playing off each other in this memorable comedy. Of friends of mine I know who have seen this movie, they all vividly remember this movie and their favorite scenes.

Martin and Candy are stuck without plane rides home and wind up trying all modes of transportation to reach their destination. Both run into unbelievable obstacles, most of them the fault of Candy, who drives Martin almost insane. Candy was the funnier of the two in this story but both comedians were at the top of their game here. Too bad there was so much profanity for a film that could have been enjoyed by everyone but some it is almost appropriate, especially with Martin's character. Candy's role would have made anyone swear. Martin's profane tirade with the rental car woman at the airport is hilarious.

In addition to the wacky story, I enjoyed the soundtrack. Critics didn't like it, but I found the sudden bursts of rock 'n roll interesting and it added to the enjoyment of watching this almost-modern day classic.

After all the aggravation, there was a nice sentimental touch at the end which somehow made the whole disastrous trip worthwhile for the two leading characters.


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