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Planes, Trains & Automobiles ()


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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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Neal Page
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Del Griffith
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Susan Page
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State Trooper
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Taxi Racer
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Owen
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Joy
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Marti
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Peg
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Second Motel Clerk
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Doobie
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Walt
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Waitress (as Susan Kellerman)
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Little Neal
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Car Rental Agent
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Martin (as George O. Petrie)
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Motel Thief
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Gus
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Marie
Lulie Newcomb ...
Owen's Wife
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Cab Dispatcher
Nick Wyman ...
New York Lawyer (as Nicholas Wyman)
Gaetano Lisi ...
Cab Driver - New York
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Stewardess
Julie H. Morgan ...
Stewardess
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Man on Plane
Ruth de Sosa ...
New York Ticket Agent (as Ruth De Soza)
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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
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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
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Screaming Driver
Victoria Vanderkloot ...
Screaming Driver's Wife
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Angelis Alexandris ...
Pedestrian (uncredited)
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Cab victim (uncredited)
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Holiday Traveler (uncredited)
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Antisocial Trucker (uncredited)
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Street background (uncredited)
Charles Franke ...
Man in suit on train (uncredited)
Susan Hayden ...
Woman (uncredited)
Angella Kaye ...
Child at Wichita Airport (uncredited)
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Mother in airport (uncredited)
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Roxanne (uncredited)
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Man at Wichita Airport (uncredited)
Gary McNerney ...
Park Avenue Pedestrian (uncredited)
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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)
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Holiday Traveler (uncredited)
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John (uncredited)
Flynn Welles ...
Holiday Traveler (uncredited)
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Airport traveler (uncredited)
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Marathon Shuttle Driver (uncredited)
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Bryant (uncredited)

Directed by

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John Hughes

Written by

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John Hughes ... (written by)

Produced by

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William H. Brown ... associate producer (as Bill Brown)
Michael Chinich ... executive producer
John Hughes ... producer
Neil A. Machlis ... executive producer (as Neil Machlis)

Music by

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Ira Newborn ... (music score)

Cinematography by

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Donald Peterman ... director of photography (as Don Peterman)

Film Editing by

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Paul Hirsch

Editorial Department

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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
Barry Dresner ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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Janet Hirshenson
Jane Jenkins

Production Design by

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John W. Corso

Art Direction by

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Harold Michelson

Set Decoration by

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Jane Bogart
Linda Spheeris

Costume Design by

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April Ferry

Makeup Department

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Frank Griffin ... makeup artist
Ben Nye Jr. ... makeup designer: John Candy
Dione Taylor ... hair stylist
Toni-Ann Walker ... hair designer: Steve Martin

Production Management

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Neil A. Machlis ... unit production manager
Tom Razzano ... unit production manager: New York (as Thomas A. Razzano)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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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

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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

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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)
Joe Gilbert ... adr editor (uncredited)
Ed Golya ... adr mixer (uncredited)
Craig Harris ... special sound effects (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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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

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Mat Beck ... visual effects camera: Boss Films Studios (uncredited)
Dennis Michelson ... visual effects (uncredited)

Stunts

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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
Tom Glass ... truck stunts (uncredited)
Tommy J. Huff ... truck stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Mark Abbott ... assistant chief lighting technician / 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)
Danial Miller ... dolly grip: Chicago (uncredited)
Keith Peterman ... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Dennis Seawright ... film loader (uncredited)

Casting Department

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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)
Barbara L. Roche ... extras casting (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Paul Lopez ... key costumer
Silvio Scarano ... key costumer
Dennis Schoonderwoerd ... costumer: Steve Martin

Location Management

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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

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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

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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

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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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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Steve Martin had no reason to panic...until John Candy came along. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Planes, Trains and Automobiles (United States)
  • Un ticket pour deux (France)
  • Ein Ticket für zwei (Germany)
  • Mejor solo que mal acompañado (Spain)
  • Самолети, влакове и автомобили (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
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Runtime
  • 93 min
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Box Office

Budget $30,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $7,009,482, 20 Dec 1987

Did You Know?

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Trivia No transportation company wanted to appear inept or deficient in any way, so crews had to rent twenty miles of train track and refurbish old railroad cars, construct a set that looked like an airline terminal, design a rent-a-car company logo and uniforms, and rent two hundred fifty cars for the infamous Rent-a-Car sequence. See more »
Goofs Outside the Braidwood Inn, Neal tells Del that he has a Visa Card, a gasoline card and a Neiman Marcus Card. However, earlier when they check into the motel, Neal pays with a Diner's Club International card. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into "Where's God When I'm Scared?" R&T Part 2 (2014). See more »
Soundtracks Ba-Na-Na-Bam-Boo See more »
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 »
Quotes Del: 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. I also listen too much. I could be a cold-hearted cynic like you... but I don't like to hurt people's feelings. Well, you think what you want about me; I'm not changing. I like... I like me. My wife likes me. My customers like me. 'Cause I'm the real article. What you see is what you get.
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