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Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)

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A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving with a lovable oaf of a shower curtain ring salesman as his only companion.

Director:

John Hughes

Writer:

John Hughes
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Martin ... Neal Page
John Candy ... Del Griffith
Laila Robins ... Susan Page
Michael McKean ... State Trooper
Kevin Bacon ... Taxi Racer
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
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Storyline

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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Steve Martin had no reason to panic...until John Candy came along. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

John Candy does a Jamaican impression in the hotel room when they're drinking the different types of alcohol. In Cool Runnings (1993), the last film released in his lifetime, his character does a Jamaican impression to the Olympic qualifying judge after they tell him the qualifying time just got shorter. See more »

Goofs

When Neal and Del are walking up Neal's front walk, he is carrying a suitcase that hasn't been seen before in the entire movie. (At the train station we see the suitcase on Del's trunk.) See more »

Quotes

Del: You're going to be in Chicago in less than three hours, around there, if we don't hit traffic, and I don't think we should - it's Thanksgiving. We're movin' now.
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Crazy Credits

As the title Planes, Trains & Automobiles scroll across the screen, we hear the sound of them at the same time. See more »

Alternate Versions

Although it's not included in the theatrical or the network cuts, a shot of Del Griffith brushing his teeth was included on ads for the network version. See more »

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Featured in Cartoon Corner: The Cat in the Hat Review (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Ba-Na-Na-Bam-Boo
(1987)
Written by Elizabeth Westwood, Nick Burton, and Robert Andrews
Performed by Westworld
Produced by Mark Ferda
Westworld performs courtesy of BMG Records Ltd.
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Oh he's drunk, how would he know where we're going?
30 March 2005 | by cabasaexpert351See all my reviews

Steve Marin and John Candy are hilarious together in this comedy about a guy trying to get home to his family for thanksgiving with a guy who is really annoying. Everything that could go wrong to these guys goes wrong. Steve Martin plays a guy who is a businessman who is very uptight and John Candy plays a guy that means well but talks a lot and can be very annoying. Together they have the worst luck they could possibly have. During their venture they learn a lot from each other and become really good friends. This movie has a good storyline and will keep you laughing through most of the movie. I think anyone who has a sense of humor can appreciate this movie.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 November 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Planes, Trains and Automobiles See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,009,482, 29 November 1987

Gross USA:

$49,530,280

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$49,530,280
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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