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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:
Angelis Alexandris ... Pedestrian (uncredited)

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
Location Management
Lydia Dean Pilcher .... location coordinator: New York
Robbie Goldstein .... location manager (as Robert J. Goldstein)
Billy Higgins .... location manager: Chicago
Bob Hudgins .... location manager: Midwest (uncredited)
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)
Julie Donall .... production assistant
Linda Gordon .... secretary: John Hughes
Scott E. Hart .... animal trainer (as Scott Hart)
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)
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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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 »
Continuity: When the train breaks down Dell is see dragging his trunk away from the train lid side up. Next shot of trunk it is upside-down then right side up and finally when Neal grabs it upside-down again. Dell also has many more people right next to him when Dell grabs the trunk than the immediately preceding shot.See more »
Neal:As much fun as I've had on this little journey, I'm sure one day I'll look back on it and laugh.
Del:[giggles] Are you sure?
Neal:[starts chuckling] Oh God. I'm laughing already.
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125 out of 147 people found the following review useful.
Arguably the best comedy of the 1980s, 2 June 2004
Author: MovieAddict2016 from UK

The greatness and pure genius of "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" is that, while it is uproariously hilarious, it also reveals great hurt and truth - unlike any comedy I have ever seen before or since.

Scenes such as those in the Bravewood Inn are classics. The argument between Neal and Del is the turning point in the film, and it is the first time that the audience realizes that they are in for more than they thought they were. There are certain elements of tenderness, heart, agony, conflict, and heartfelt emotion in "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" that make it transcend the genre.

Steve Martin and John Candy don't just act; they embody themselves so deeply in their characters that it almost sets a standard for how comedic pairings should be. Line them up next to Chris Farley and David Spade and the differences are astronomical. Watching Steve Martin is like acting a comedian at the top of his game. Just watch his reactions. The facial reaction from Steve in response to Del's comeback in the Bravewood Inn is perfect; we understand what Neal is going through, and Steve Martin lets us know this by placing himself in a recognizable area. We also understand Del, and that is really the key to this movie: Being able to identify with both characters almost equally. How often can you say that about buddy pictures? I don't ever feel much sympathy for Chris Farley, if that means anything.

John Candy remains one of the most underrated and underwritten film comedians of all time. Offered constant mediocre scripts during the eighties and early nineties, all the way up until his death in 1994, he could make the material something more, something watchable. I recently viewed "Funny Farm," a painfully unfunny film to sit through. I imagined what John Candy could have done with Chevy Chase's role, and I found myself laughing. Why? Because John Candy can make anything watchable. Just how many times would you watch "Summer Rental" or "The Great Outdoors" if the lead actor was Jim Carrey?

There's some important content in this film, but it is never overpowered by laughs, nor vice versa. They go hand-in-hand. I come back to the Bravewood Inn argument scene. After the hilarious, ongoing insults Neal throws at Del, Del responds and says, "You wanna hurt me? Go right ahead if it makes you feel any better. I'm an easy target. Yeah, you're right, I talk too much. But I also listen too much. I could be a cold-hearted cynical like you, but I don't like to hurt people's feelings. So you go right on and think what you like about me. But I'm not changing. I - I like me. My wife likes me. My customers like me. 'Cause I'm the real deal. Whatcha see is whatcha get." It's creepy how much dramatic, emotional and truthful subtext sneaks into this film, and yet it only makes it all the better for it. "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" is my favorite Comedy, yes I know that I have said it before. But, it is a serious comedy that has both heart and is hilarious at the same time. Entertainment at it's best. And isn't that what movies are all about?

5/5 stars.

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