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Planes, Trains & Automobiles -- Neal Page is an advertising executive who just wants to fly home to Chicago to spend Thanksgiving with his family. But all Neal Page gets is misery. Misery named Del Griffith -- a loud mouthed, but nevertheless lovable, salesman who leads Neal on a cross-country, wild goose chase that keeps Neal from tasting his turkey.
Planes, Trains & Automobiles -- A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving, with an obnoxious slob of a shower ring salesman his only companion.


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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Steve Martin ... Neal Page

John Candy ... Del Griffith

Laila Robins ... Susan Page

Michael McKean ... State Trooper

Dylan Baker ... Owen

Carol Bruce ... Joy

Olivia Burnette ... Marti

Diana Douglas ... Peg

Martin Ferrero ... Second Motel Clerk

Larry Hankin ... Doobie

Richard Herd ... Walt

Susan Kellermann ... Waitress (as Susan Kellerman)

Matthew Lawrence ... Little Neal

Edie McClurg ... Car Rental Agent
George Petrie ... Martin (as George O. Petrie)

Gary Riley ... Motel Thief

Charles Tyner ... Gus

Susan Isaacs ... Marie
Lulie Newcomb ... Owen's Wife

John Randolph Jones ... Cab Dispatcher
Nicholas Wyman ... New York Lawyer
Gaetano Lisi ... Cab Driver - New York

Diana Castle ... Stewardess
Julie H. Morgan ... Stewardess

Bill Erwin ... Man on Plane
Ruth de Sosa ... New York Ticket Agent (as Ruth De Soza)

Ben Stein ... Wichita Airport Representative
Kim Genelle ... Receptionist (as Kim Genell)
Grant Forsberg ... Brand Manager
David Raiport ... Cafe Patron
Andrew J. Hentz ... Bus Lover
Karen Meisinger ... Bus Loverette
Gary Palmer ... Pilot
Diane Nieman ... Earring Customer
Sylvia Vitrungs ... Earring Customer
Joann Taylor ... Earring Customer
Julie A. Herbert ... Earring Customer
Jennifer Allswang ... Earring Customer
Wendy Lee Avon ... Earring Customer
Amy Meyers ... Earring Customer

John Moio ... Screaming Driver
Victoria Vanderkloot ... Screaming Driver's Wife
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Kevin Ash ... Cab victim (uncredited)

Kevin Bacon ... Taxi Racer (uncredited)

Troy Evans ... Antisocial Trucker (uncredited)

Richard Fike ... Street background (uncredited)
Angella Kaye ... Child at Wichita Airport (uncredited)

Nancy Kusley ... Mother in airport (uncredited)

Larry Ludwig ... Man at Wichita Airport (uncredited)

Gary McNerney ... Park Avenue Pedestrian (uncredited)
Christopher Meister ... Child At Rental Counter (uncredited)
Elva Morgan ... Earring Customer (uncredited)
Dawn Morgan-Keefe ... Coffee shop customer (uncredited)
Daniel Niswander ... Man at Wichita Airport (uncredited)

Peter Austin Noto ... Baker (uncredited)
Ricardo Sandoval III ... Man at Motel (uncredited)

Ken Tipton ... Holiday Traveler (uncredited)

Lyman Ward ... John (uncredited)
Flynn Welles ... Holiday Traveler (uncredited)
Chino 'Fats' Williams ... Marathon Shuttle Driver (uncredited)

William Windom ... Bryant (uncredited)

Directed by
John Hughes 
Writing credits
John Hughes (written by)

Produced by
William H. Brown .... associate producer (as Bill Brown)
Michael Chinich .... executive producer
John Hughes .... producer
Neil A. Machlis .... executive producer (as Neil Machlis)
Original Music by
Ira Newborn (music score)
Cinematography by
Donald Peterman (director of photography) (as Don Peterman)
Film Editing by
Paul Hirsch 
Casting by
Janet Hirshenson 
Jane Jenkins 
Production Design by
John W. Corso 
Art Direction by
Harold Michelson 
Set Decoration by
Jane Bogart 
Linda Spheeris 
Costume Design by
April Ferry 
Makeup Department
Frank Griffin .... makeup artist
Ben Nye Jr. .... makeup designer: John Candy
Dione Taylor .... hair stylist
Toni-Ann Walker .... hair designer: Steve Martin
Production Management
Neil A. Machlis .... unit production manager
Tom Razzano .... unit production manager: New York (as Thomas A. Razzano)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arthur Anderson .... second assistant director
William H. Brown .... second unit director (as Bill Brown)
Patrick Burns .... assistant director: New York (as Pat Burns)
Jeanne Caliendo .... second second assistant director
Bennie E. Dobbins .... second unit director (as Bennie Dobbins)
James Giovannetti Jr. .... first assistant director: second unit, Chicago
Richard Graves .... first assistant director: second unit
James Greenhut .... assistant director: New York (as Jimmy Greenhut)
Gaetano Lisi .... assistant director: New York
Mark Radcliffe .... first assistant director
Art Department
Mike Blaze .... propmaster: second unit (as Michael Blaze)
Ed Brown .... lead person (as Edmond Brown)
James M. Davis .... propmaker foreperson (as Jim Davis)
Louis M. Mann .... set designer (as Louis Mann)
Jack M. Marino .... property master (as Jack Marino)
Jeff Passanante .... construction foreperson (as Jeff Passante)
Edmund Villa .... assistant property master (as Eddie Villa)
Ed Brown .... lead man (uncredited)
Phillip Ellman .... set dresser (uncredited)
Anthony Joseph Fatigato .... stand-by painter: St.Louis (uncredited)
Robert E. Knight .... signwriter (uncredited)
Alan Sims .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Mark Sparks .... propmaker foreman (uncredited)
Timothy W. Tiedje .... property master: Chicago (uncredited)
Sound Department
John Agalsoff Jr. .... cableperson
Greg Agalsoff .... boom person
James R. Alexander .... sound mixer (as James Alexander)
Lorna Anderson .... sound editor
Lon Bender .... supervising sound editor (as Lon E. Bender)
David E. Campbell .... re-recording mixer (as Dave Campbell)
Dean Drabin .... foley artist
Stan Gilbert .... adr supervisor
Victor Grodecki .... sound editor
Gary A. Hecker .... foley artist (as Gary {Wrecker} Hecker)
Chris Hogan .... assistant sound editor
Chris Jargo .... sound editor
Randy Kelley .... sound editor
Larry Kemp .... sound editor
John T. Reitz .... re-recording mixer (as John Reitz)
Dan M. Rich .... sound editor (as Dan Rich)
Gregg Rudloff .... re-recording mixer
Wylie Stateman .... supervising sound editor
Alicia Stevenson .... foley artist
Claus Wedemann .... consultant: Dolby Stereo (as Claus Wiedemann)
Hugo Weng .... sound editor
William Dotson .... sound editor (uncredited)
Mark Ferda .... sound engineer (uncredited)
Ed Golya .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Craig Harris .... special sound effects (uncredited)
Special Effects by
William Aldridge .... special effects (as Bill Aldridge)
Roger Lifsey .... assistant special effects
Stan Parks .... special effects
Ken Speed .... special effects (uncredited)
Dieter Sturm .... special effects snow maker (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Mat Beck .... visual effects camera: Boss Films Studios (uncredited)
Dennis Michelson .... visual effects (uncredited)
Bennie E. Dobbins .... stunt coordinator (as Bennie Dobbins)
Corey Michael Eubanks .... stunt driver (as Corey Eubanks)
Kent Hays .... utility stunts
Robert Jauregui .... stunt double: Neal (as Bob Jaurequi)
Jeff Jensen .... stunt double: Del (as Jeff Jenson)
William T. Lane .... utility stunts (as Bill Lane)
Rick Le Fevour .... stunt double: Doobie and Owen (as Rick LeFevour)
Mike Tillman .... stunt driver
Camera and Electrical Department
Mark Abbott .... assistant chief lighting technician
Mark Abbott .... chief lighting technician: second unit
Phil Abraham .... assistant camera operator: New York
Roger G. Anderson .... chief lighting technician: Chicago (as Roger Anderson)
Paolo Cascio .... second assistant photographer: Chicago (as Paul Cascio)
Richard Dow .... dolly grip
Robert W. Faison .... first assistant photographer: Chicago (as Bob Faison)
Richie Ford .... gaffer: New York (as Richard Ford)
Vincent Galindez .... assistant camera operator: New York
John Hudecek .... first company grip: Chicago (as John Hudacek)
Jeffrey Laszlo .... camera operator
Earl Linder .... first company grip: second unit
Dave Lowry .... key grip: New York (as David Lowry)
Ken Nishino .... first assistant photographer
Gary Palmer .... chief lighting technician
Jay Peterman .... first assistant photographer
Keith Peterman .... camera operator
Joyce Rudolph .... still photographer
Waverly Smothers .... second company grip
Calvin Sterry .... first company grip (as Cal Sterry)
Cheryl Thompson .... video assist
Jeffrey Thorin .... second assistant photographer: second unit (as Jeff Thorin)
D. Michael Wheeler .... first assistant photographer: second unit (as Mike Wheeler)
Murphy Wiltz .... lamp operator
Frank Byrne .... second assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Myron Hyman .... best boy: process (uncredited)
Keith Peterman .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Dennis Seawright .... film loader (uncredited)
Casting Department
Nan Charbonneau .... casting: Chicago
Barbara Flinn .... extras casting: Central Casting
Richard S. Kordos .... casting: Chicago
Catherine Jane Holzer .... extras casting (uncredited)
Mark A. Ridge .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Paul Lopez .... key costumer
Silvio Scarano .... key costumer
Dennis Schoonderwoerd .... costumer: Steve Martin
Editorial Department
Deborah Belovitch .... apprentice editor
Adam Bernardi .... additional editor
David Dresher .... assistant editor
Jerrie Fowler .... assistant editor: Chicago
Rick Howe .... apprentice editor
Andrew London .... additional editor
Jim Prior .... assistant editor
Peck Prior .... additional editor
Robert Raring .... color timer (as Bob Raring)
Emmy Scharlatt .... apprentice editor
Music Department
Brian Banks .... composer: additional music score
Jeff Carson .... music editor: Segue Music
Tarquin Gotch .... music supervisor
Gary Ladinsky .... music scoring mixer
Anthony Marinelli .... composer: additional music score
Don Nemitz .... orchestrator
Ron Payne .... music coordinator
Bob Bornstein .... music preparation (uncredited)
Bruce Dukov .... violin (uncredited)
Greg Fulginiti .... music engineer (uncredited)
Anthony Marinelli .... orchestrator (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn (uncredited)
Transportation Department
John Hardy .... transportation co-captain: Chicago
Dan Marrow .... transportation coordinator
Billy Martin .... transportation captain: Chicago (as Billy Martin Jr.)
Gaston Veilleux .... transportation captain
Other crew
Iono Abrams .... production assistant (as Jono Abrams)
Pamela Alch .... script supervisor (as Pam Alch)
Kevin Richard Buxbaum .... assistant production auditor (as Kevin Buxbaum)
Peter Carley .... production assistant
Nyna Cravens .... assistant: John Candy
Katharine Ann Curtiss .... production office coordinator (as Katherine Ann Curtiss)
Lydia Dean Pilcher .... location coordinator: New York
Julie Donall .... production assistant
Robbie Goldstein .... location manager (as Robert J. Goldstein)
Linda Gordon .... secretary: John Hughes
Scott E. Hart .... animal trainer (as Scott Hart)
Billy Higgins .... location manager: Chicago
Nancy Hopton .... script supervisor
Michele Imperato .... production secretary
Art 'Klondike' Jones .... craft service (as Art Klondike Jones)
Andrew Lipschultz .... publicist
Tim McNeal .... production assistant
Scott Nimerfro .... production assistant
Robert Thorson .... production auditor (as Robert C. Thorson)
Jane Vickerilla .... assistant: John Hughes (as Jane Vickerella)
Kevin Bassett .... second unit production assistant (uncredited)
Kathy Bond .... production assistant (uncredited)
Susan J. Bonno-Buckner .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Devron Conrad .... stand-in: Steve Martin (uncredited)
Bob Hudgins .... location manager: Midwest (uncredited)
Doobie McDonald .... photo double: Doobie (uncredited)
Tom Mogavero .... production assistant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Planes, Trains and Automobiles" - USA (video box title)
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93 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Neal's house was also a set built from scratch, consisting of seven rooms and taking five months to complete. It ended up costing $100,000, which angered Paramount executives and caused turmoil on the set.See more »
Continuity: When Neal is racing Kevin Bacon for the taxi, he gets close to the cab and all lanes of traffic are at a standstill. Seconds later when he trips over the trunk, the lane he falls into is empty and a car has to brake hard to avoid hitting him, indicating it was travelling at speed already.See more »
Susan Page:You shared a motel room with a complete stranger? Are you crazy?
Neal:Not yet. But I'm getting there.
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89 out of 97 people found the following review useful.
John Hughes best adult comedy, 29 December 1999
Author: Dan Grant ( from Toronto, Ontario

John Candy was a comic genius. He really was. Never was his talent on display better than it was in this film. John Hughes and John Candy went on to develop what I can only surmise was quite the friendship because Candy appeared in many Hughes films either as the star ( this one, Uncle Buck, Great Outdoors ) or with a cameo ( Home Alone, Vacation and a few others that I can't think of right now, but check the IMDb and you'll see that he did ). But of all the films that Candy did, including Stripes, I don't think he has ever been as good and as funny as he was in here. If there was any justice in the Academy ( and we all know that is an oxymoron, Academy and justice ) then Candy would have at least been nominated for best actor in 1987. I think Douglas won that year for Wall Street and he deserved to but Candy was brilliant in this film. It was a shame to see his career cut short because even in his bad films he was good. This is his best and most complete role. He will be missed but at least we have great roles like this to remember him by.

Planes.... is a film about one man trying to get home for the American Thanksgiving. He is Neil Page and he is played with perfect smugness by Steve Martin. He is a work-a-holic and his lifestyle is that of many John Hughes family men that live in suburbia Chicago. He lives in a huge house, much like the one in Home Alone and Weird Science, and his family is a beautiful one that consists of a lovely wife and three kids. But he is never home and for all of his success professionally, it is the kind of family that although is together now, it may not survive the fast approaching 90's if Neil Page continues his ways.

John Candy plays Dell Griffith. He is a jolly man, much like Santa Clause but without the beard and the old age. This is a man that carries a giant trunk around with him and is a constant chatter box. He is the kind of man that you know is good at sales, but on a lower level. He is too much of a slob to really be a corporate sales guy. Of course this Laurel and Hardy pair cross paths and from here on out Neil's simple task of getting home to his family for Thanksgiving is going to be a journey from hell.

First of all he loses his cab in New York rush hour to Candy who unwittingly steals it from him, then he is bumped from first class and ends up sitting next to Candy on the plane. Then they are delayed because of weather problems and what do you know, they end up spending the night together in not only the same hotel, not only the same room but the same bed. This presents all sorts of comic possibilities and Hughes doesn't miss one of them. His comic timing and development of the two characters is brilliant. Some of the best scenes are when the two are bantering and Candy is verbally assaulted by Martin. Martin goes off and says that he is annoying to listen to and then he says this: " You know I could sit through an insurance seminar and still look happy and the others would say how do you do it? And I would say, because I can take anything, I've been with Dell Griffith, and they'd say, " I know what you mean. Whooooo, shower curtain guy! " And as funny as that scene is, Hughes goes for more than the quick payoff of laughter. He then reminds you that this isn't just a comedy but a film with many layers and substance to it. Because the next scene has Candy delivering a monologue that almost makes you embarrassed for laughing at what Martin said.

But truth be told, first and foremost, this is a funny, funny film. And if anyone has scene it, they will tell you about the airport scene where Page has lost his rental car and he comes back and does what we have all dreamed of doing ourselves, he goes ballistic on the person behind the desk, who subsequently is Grace, from Ferris Bueller's Day Off. She must have been fired by Ed Rooney and now rents cars at airports for a living. She plays a desk clerk that has decided to take the Thanksgiving holiday a little sooner that she is supposed to. Martin comes in and she starts by saying, "Can I help you?" Martin replies, "You can start by wiping that f***ing dumbass smile off your rosy f@**ing cheeks. " From there he goes into an F-Word filled tirade about how her company left him in the middle of f***ing nowhere with f****ing keys to a f***ing car that isn't f***ing there. It is one of the funniest moments that I have seen in any film because you don't expect it from a Hughes film.

Planes... is a heart warming film about family, friendship and good will towards men. It is also a wickedly funny movie and it will stand the test of time and I think in 30 or 40 years from now, it may be looked upon as Hughes best film. Candy and Martin are wonderful in here and it is really a treat to watch them work together.

10 out of 10

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