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

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25 November 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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

Upon receiving the script through his agent, Steve Martin was surprised to discover the script's 145 page length, with a comedy typically aiming for 90 pages. When Martin met with John Hughes, he asked if he had any intention of cutting the script. According to Martin, Hughes looked at Martin strangely and said "Cutting?", making Martin realize he had no intention of cutting the script. See more »

Goofs

When boarding the plane in New York, Neal is informed that his seat number is 13C, which is an aisle seat, but in the next scene Neal is seated in the center seat. See more »

Quotes

Hotel Clerk: Do you have seventeen dollars and a good watch?
Del: No I don't. I have uh... two dollars... and a Casio.
Hotel Clerk: I'm going to have to say goodnight, so...
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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 »


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Red River Rock
(1959)
Written by Tom King, Ira Mack, and Fred Mendelsohn
Performed by Silicon Teens
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Oh he's drunk, how would he know where we're going?
30 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Steve Marin and John Candy are hilarious together in this comedy about a guy trying to get home to his family for thanksgiving with a guy who is really annoying. Everything that could go wrong to these guys goes wrong. Steve Martin plays a guy who is a businessman who is very uptight and John Candy plays a guy that means well but talks a lot and can be very annoying. Together they have the worst luck they could possibly have. During their venture they learn a lot from each other and become really good friends. This movie has a good storyline and will keep you laughing through most of the movie. I think anyone who has a sense of humor can appreciate this movie.


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