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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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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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25 November 1987 (USA)  »

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Planes, Trains and Automobiles  »

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$49,230,280 (USA)
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Trivia

The rural train station where Neal and Del buy the tickets for their ill-fated train ride is the same station seen in "The Natural" with Robert Redford. It's located in South Dayton, NY. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Neal: I'd like one room for the night.
Del: If you're upset, maybe we should get separate rooms.
Neal: You get your own room.
Hotel Clerk: Will you be paying with credit card?
Neal: Yes. I have a Visa card... Diner's Club card... and a gasoline card.
[he lays them out - all of them are burned]
Hotel Clerk: [chuckles] These aren't... these aren't credit cards.
Neal: Do you take cash?
Hotel Clerk: Forty-two fifty.
Neal: [lays money on the table] How about seventeen dollars...
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Three Coins in the Fountain
(1954)
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Performed by Steve Martin (uncredited)
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"YOU'RE GOING THE WRONG WAY!!!!!!"
18 November 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm not sure who is responsible for bringing Steve Martin and John Candy together,but they are a genius in my book,and they were brought together with just the right material.This comedy from John Hughes is without question his best work as a director. I look at this film as a modern day Laurel and Hardy romp,which, incredibly was not included in the AFI's Top 100 comedies.It will cause you tears,both from laughter and it's touching ending.It is about two very different ways of life,clashing in the beginning, but slowly coming together from the realization they we are all human,despite our differences.It is becoming a tradition at the Williams household to view this movie every Thanksgiving.It is a must see,must own film. Thumbs up.


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