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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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Larry Hankin, Edie McClurg and Carol Bruce have all appeared on at least one episode of WKRP in Cincinnati, though none of them together.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 »
[last lines]
Neal:Honey, I'd like you to meet a friend of mine.
Susan Page:Hello, Mr. Griffith.
Del:Hello, Mrs. Page.
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37 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
Consistently funny with some good adult sentiment, 5 October 2003
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Neal Page is trying to get home in time for thanksgiving with his family. When his plane is diverted to Wichita due to heavy snow elsewhere he finds himself partnering up with shower curtain salesman Del Griffith. However Del is not Neal's immediate first choice for travelling partner and the two soon find that one misfortune after another wears their patience very thin.

While comedies have moved on to become more grosser and outrageous in order to tickle our dulled funny bone, PT&A manages it with what now seems like restraint but is really a good example of `wacky™' comedy, mixed with a good vein of sentiment and character. The plot is pretty good although some of it pushes the boat out to the unreal in order to get laughs – but this isn't a problem because it DOES get laughs, if it hadn't then it might have been an issue. Most of it is hilarious although some drags early on.

The deeper beauty of the film is how well controlled Hughes is in painting his emotions. Usually his stuff can be sickly sweet but here he mixes it well with the comedy. The relationship between Neal and Del is good and they both have things to learn (more so Neal), the hurt they inflict on one another is well done and not to the point that the comedy is stopped. Thankfully the two actors are good enough to carry it off. Martin is close to his manic best and Candy plays a loveable goof. The best scene to see them working is when Martin is laying into Del in the hotel room – the expressions on their faces (Candy esp) during this makes it hard not to feel anything. The support cast do good work whether it be now-famous cameos or just support cast but each character has their own little thing!

Overall I worry that modern audiences may have become so used to everything being so OTT and gross that this film may seem subtle (even though it isn't). However aside from that this is a very funny film that does have a good heart. Not a perfect film in any way but it does exactly what it says on the tin - it made me laugh hard but also had a believable emotional core.

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