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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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Martin (as George O. Petrie)
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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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What he really wanted was to spend Thanksgiving with his family. What he got was three days with the turkey. See more »

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Comedy

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Release Date:

25 November 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Planes, Trains and Automobiles  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,009,482, 29 November 1987, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$49,530,280
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The exterior of their aircraft in flight, is a re-use of the 707 flying through the storm, from the movie Airplane! (1980), also released by Paramount Pictures. See more »

Goofs

Early in the movie, a BMW stops before running over Neil. When it drives off, it is a Lincoln. See more »

Quotes

Neal: [riding in back of pickup truck in freezing cold] What do you think the temperature is?
Del: One.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Family Guy: Road to Rupert (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Mess Around
(1953)
Written by Ahmet Ertegun
Performed by Ray Charles
Produced by Ahmet Ertegun & Jerry Wexler
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp., a division of Warner Special Products
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User Reviews

 
"YOU'RE GOING THE WRONG WAY!!!!!!"
18 November 2001 | by See all my reviews

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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