Planes, Trains & Automobiles

November 25th, 1987


Planes, Trains & Automobiles

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A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving, with an obnoxious slob of a shower ring salesman his only companion.

Release Year: 1987

Rating: 7.5/10 (43,665 voted)

Director: John Hughes

Stars: Steve Martin, John Candy, Laila Robins

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....

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

Taglines: What he really wanted was to spend Thanksgiving with his family. What he got was three days with the turkey.

Release Date: 25 November 1987

Filming Locations: Batavia, New York, USA

Opening Weekend: $7,009,482 (USA) (29 November 1987) (1118 Screens)

Gross: $49,230,280 (USA)

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Did You Know?

The house used as Neal's family home is actually in Kenilworth on Warwick. The home used in "Home Alone" was on Lincoln Ave. in Winnetka, one town over.

Continuity: After Neil yells at Del Griffith in the Wichita motel, it shows Del Griffith sit back down on the bed with the lamp behind him turned on, then it goes to a shot of Neil, but when it goes back to Del Griffith the lamp is turned off

State Trooper: What the hell are you driving here?
Del: We had a small fire last night, but we caught it in the nick of time.
State Trooper: Do you have any idea how fast you were going?
Del: Funny enough, I was just talking to my friend about that. Our speedometer has melted and as a result it's very hard to see with any degree of accuracy exactly how fast we were going.

User Review


Rating: 9/10

I'm not sure who is responsible for bringing Steve Martin and John Candy together,but they are a genius in my book,and they were brought together with just the right material.This comedy from John Hughes is without question his best work as a director. I look at this film as a modern day Laurel and Hardy romp,which, incredibly was not included in the AFI's Top 100 comedies.It will cause you tears,both from laughter and it's touching ending.It is about two very different ways of life,clashing in the beginning, but slowly coming together from the realization they we are all human,despite our differences.It is becoming a tradition at the Williams household to view this movie every Thanksgiving.It is a must see,must own film. Thumbs up.


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