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Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)

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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Neal Page
... Del Griffith
... Susan Page
... State Trooper
... Taxi Racer
... Owen
... Joy
... Marti
... Peg
... Second Motel Clerk
... Doobie
... Walt
... Waitress (as Susan Kellerman)
... Little Neal
... Car Rental Agent
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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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Pack in the Laughter! See more »

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25 November 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Planes, Trains and Automobiles  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,009,482, 20 December 1987, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$49,530,280
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Trivia

The El Rancho hotel in the movie is in Gurnee, Illinois, on U.S. Highway 41. It's no longer called the El Rancho anymore. See more »

Goofs

After Del exits the off ramp and starts heading the wrong way on the highway, you can see raised dots on the centerline of the road - something not found in the Midwest as snowplows would rip them off the road. See more »

Quotes

Del: I didn't introduce myself. Del Griffith. American Light and Fixture, Sales Director, shower curtain ring division.
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Crazy Credits

After all the end credits, we get to see advertising exec William Windom in the office as in the scene in the beginning of the movie, still examining the pictures Neal Page were waiting for him to get through with at that point. See more »

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Blue Moon of Kentucky
(1948)
Written by Bill Monroe
Performed by Steve Martin (uncredited) & John Candy (uncredited)
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Funny, Heartwarming but Never Corny
28 September 2014 | by See all my reviews

In New York, the marketing executive Neal Page (Steve Martin) wants to travel home in Chicago after hours for Thanksgiving. He has difficulties to get a taxi and his flight is canceled. He meets in the airport the clumsy and talkative shower curtain ring salesman Del Griffith (John Candy) that has taken his cab and they travel side-by-side to Chicago. However the bad weather shutdown the O'Hare Airport and they land at Wichita, Kansas. They both want to go to Chicago and they decide to travel together. Along their journey Neal changes his viewpoint about Del Griffith and his own behavior.

"Planes, Trains & Automobiles" is a funny and heartwarming comedy by John Hughes. Steve Martin and John Candy are among the best comedians of the 80's and their chemistry is amazing, giving one of the best performances in a comedy. The emotional conclusion is beautiful and never corny. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Antes Só do Que Mal Acompanhado" ("Better off Alone than with Bad Company")


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