Working-class good guy Dutch Dooley is the current boyfriend of a wealthy, snobbish tycoon's ex-wife. Volunteering to drive the woman's son home for Thanksgiving to Chicago from his boarding school in Georgia, little does Dutch expect the picaresque adventures in store for him. When a blunt, down-to-earth construction worker takes to the road with an insufferable twelve-year-old snob (desperately insecure under the surface) who does not approve of him in the least, quite a little must happen before they can reach their destination as friends -- or, for that matter, get home at all. Written by
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Prior to filming, Director Peter Faiman, Writer and co-Producer John Hughes, and Producer Richard Vane took a road trip throughout Georgia, The Carolinas (North and South), Mississippi, and Tennessee to scout the route of the film's characters, Dutch Dooley and Doyle would take to drive back home to Chicago for Thanksgiving. Faiman liked most of the places that he'd seen during the trip, and they ended up in final film. See more »
In the car trip at night when Doyle and Dutch are arguing over the radio, the power window and power seat switches are in the wrong position on their car. The Lincoln Town Car had these switches on the front doors, not on the center console, as these cars were six-seater cars. See more »
Pardon my incredulity, Natalie, but I'm very surprised to see you here. Pleasantly so, of course.
I'm a little surprised to see myself here, too, Mary Alice. Pleasantly so, of course.
Were you here last year?
No, I wasn't invited last year.
Oh, curious. That must have been an accident. Oh, do you know Libby?
No, I don't believe I do.
Libby, this is Natalie Standish. Natalie is Reed's... Oh, is it alright to...
Say that Reed got me pregnant when I was a barhop at your country club? ...
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Extra footage of 'Dutch" shooting off fireworks plays behind end credits See more »
Till The End Of The World Rolls Around
Written by Thomas Newton
Performed by Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs and The Foggy Mountain Boys
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing See more »
I can do something you can't...pay for my breakfast...
Although it has similarities to 'Trains, Planes and Automobiles', it is absolutely original. The two lead characters work so well together and off one another that it's hard to remember sometimes, Ethan Randall is just acting.
Basic Plot: Dutch (O'Neil), is dating a beautiful rich woman who is going through a separation with her well-to-do husband. She has a son named Doyle (Randall), who attends a boarding school far enough away from home, he has been requested to come home for Thanksgiving, by plane. He declines, and refuses to see his mother for the holidays. Instead of getting upset, she sends her, 'heart's bigger than his brain' for a boyfriend by car to go get her hurtful son. Once he arrives, he finds that this twelve year old is more problem than expected, and the road-trip that leads them from where they began to where they end up, is a truly heart-warming and funny story.
Hughes brings us characters in this that make you feel for them all. As in all of his films, for the most part, but to a certain degree even more so in this. A gradual escalation from hateful to loving, from cold to warm, and from angry to happy. It's most assuredly one of the best scripts ever written.
I give it a 9 out of 10 (10 being the highest). I don't give it a full ten, because there are some slow scenes, I could have done without, but they do help the movie keep its sincerity.
And that's my review.
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