Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

4.7 21
Director: John Hughes

Cast: John Hughes, Steve Martin, John Candy, Laila Robins


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Were it not for its profanity-laden opening scenes, John Hughes' Planes, Trains and Automobiles might have been suitable family entertainment: certainly it's heaps less violent and mean-spirited than Hughes' Home Alone. En route to Chicago to spend Thanksgiving with his family, easily annoyed businessman Neal Page (Steve Martin) finds his first-class…  See more details below


Were it not for its profanity-laden opening scenes, John Hughes' Planes, Trains and Automobiles might have been suitable family entertainment: certainly it's heaps less violent and mean-spirited than Hughes' Home Alone. En route to Chicago to spend Thanksgiving with his family, easily annoyed businessman Neal Page (Steve Martin) finds his first-class plane ticket has been demoted to coach, and he must share his flight with obnoxious salesman Del Griffith (John Candy). A sudden snowstorm in Chicago forces the plane to land in Wichita. Unable to find a room in any of the four-star hotels, Neal is compelled to accept Del's invitation to share his accommodations in a cheapo-sleazo motel. Driven to distraction by Del's annoying personal habits, the ungrateful Neal lets forth with a stream of verbal abuse. That's when Del delivers the anticipated (but always welcome) "I don't judge, why should you?"-type speech so common to John Hughes flicks. The shamefaced Neal tries to make up to Del, but there's a bumpy time ahead as the mismatched pair make their way back to Chicago, first in a balky train, then by way of a refrigerator truck. We know from the outset that the oil-and-water Neal and Del will be bosom companions by the end of Planes, Trains and Automobiles, but it's still a fun ride. The best bit: a half-asleep Del thinking that he's got his hand tucked between two pillows -- until his bedmate, Neal, bellows "Those aren't pillows!"

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Planes, Trains and Automobiles was promoted as teen movie guru John Hughes' first "adult" comedy, but the film maintains the same warm-hearted, absurdist humor that made his high-school fare so enjoyable. Hughes is adept at capturing the ridiculousness of everyday life and the often surreal nature of interpersonal contact. As with 1984's Sixteen Candles, the film is about the fight for peace and sanity in a world designed to thwart people; the locker rooms and detention halls have just been replaced with cheerily evil airport ticket agents and schizophrenic hotel showers. Steve Martin is perfectly cast as the frustrated, screaming Everyman, and John Candy gives one of his most endearing performances as his incorrigible but ultimately endearing traveling companion.

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Getting there is half the fun: the story of Planes, Trains and Automobiles; John Hughes: life moves pretty fast featuring John Hughes: the voice of a generation (HD) and heartbreak and triumph: the legacy of John Hughes (HD); John Hughes for adults; A tribute to John Candy; Deleted scene:; "Airplane food" (HD)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Steve Martin Neal Page
John Candy Del Griffith
Laila Robins Susan Page
William Windom Bryant (uncredited)
Michael McKean State Trooper
Kevin Bacon Taxi racer
Dylan Baker Owen
Carol Bruce Joy Page
Olivia Burnette Marti
Diana Douglas Peg
Martin Ferrero Motel Clerk
Richard Herd Walt
Edie McClurg Car Rental Agent
George Petrie Martin Page
Gary Riley Motel Thief
Charles Tyner Gus
Larry Hankin Doubie
Susan Isaacs Marie
Lulie Newcomb Owen's Wife
John Randolph Jones Cab Dispatcher
Nicholas Wyman New York Lawyer
Gaetano Lisi Cab Driver - New York
Diana Castle Stewardess
Bill Erwin Man on Plane
Ruth de Sosa New York Ticket Agent
Ben Stein Wichita Airport Rep
Grant Forsberg Brand Manager
Gary Palmer Pilot
John Moio Screaming Driver
Victoria Vanderkloot Screaming Driver's Wife
Lyman Ward John (uncredited)
Matthew Lawrence Little Neal Page

Technical Credits
John Hughes Director,Producer,Screenwriter
James Alexander Sound/Sound Designer
Arthur Anderson Asst. Director
Adam Bernardi Editor
Jane Bogart Set Decoration/Design
Bill Brown Associate Producer
Michael Chinich Executive Producer
John W. Corso Production Designer
April Ferry Costumes/Costume Designer
Paul Hirsch Editor
Janet Hirshenson Casting
Jane Jenkins Casting
Neil Machlis Executive Producer
Louis Mann Set Decoration/Design
Harold Michelson Art Director
Ira Newborn Score Composer
Mark A. Radcliffe Asst. Director
Linda Spheeris Set Decoration/Design

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Planes, Trains and Automobiles 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my very favorite movie of all time. Every line is very funny. I can watch it over & over, and never stop laughing The only thing I don't like is the swear words.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the most genuinely funny movies ever! Hilarious dialogue from beginning to end, delivered by two legendary comic talents Steve Matin and John Candy. No matter how many times you see it, this film never gets old. There are also some great extras like footlage from a press conference Steve Martin, John Candy and John Hughes did when the film was released.
Nursing_Student89 More than 1 year ago
Comedic genius; heartfelt and touching. Steve Martin and John Candy are absolutely wonderful together. This holiday movie will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although some profanity is unnecessary this flick has been treasured in my family since it's making in 1987. This is the ''Seinfeld'' of the big screen bringing real life travelling troubles home.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have deemed this film a Thanksgiving Tradition. We can all relate to at least one of the mishaps these two characters meet with. The hotel bed scene was and will remain one of the best comedy scenes of all time. Definitely one of John Candy's most memorable performances. Proof of why he is missed so much.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is a classic in my family's estimation. Very funny with lines well delivered and fitting to the situation. Even the music is funny. I think most people can relate to it because most have had the same types of travel problems and encounters with annoying people. Everything simply fits together perfectly in this classic. We watched it every year before the holidays and laugh out loud every time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a timeless comedy classic. It gets better every time I see it. Funny throughout and the ending always reminds you that not everyone is fortunate enough to be with friends and family during the holidays. I think this is John Candy's best movie. This movie really makes you miss not having him around anymore.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My family watches this movie every thanksgiving... Not only is it hilarious, but also touching...Two Thumbs up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The funniest movie I ever seen. Must see!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
just the best film i have ever seen most probably the best film featuring both actors
Guest More than 1 year ago
We all have had nightmarish travel experiences. I can relate completely to this movie: the trip that seemingly will never end, and the feeling that things can only get worse!! Steve Martin and John Candy make this movie fun, but more importantly, believable!!! Bob from Marion, Ohio
Guest More than 1 year ago
This by far is the funniest movie that I have seen Steve Martin in and that goes for John Candy too. What a match. They really played well off of each other.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A beautiful pairing of knowledgeable comedy actors at their light-hearted best. One thing I am struck by is the lack of profanity, which would be a welcome for many families.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i've heard a lot about this "masterpiece." its the story of two different people who travel across country to get to chicago for thanksgiving and along the way get into some mishaps and slowly grow a bond and friendship. i thought it was good and some of the scenes were funny especially the car rental scene that was a hoot. the music fit perfectly since it came out like in the 80s or something and of course the director known mostly for the teen films but did a good job with this adult one too. martin and candy make a good team and have good chemistry.
jayski45 More than 1 year ago
You will laugh til you cry and cry til you laugh. By far and away Candy and Martin's best comedic venture. Sure, there's some rough language at times, particularly the car rental scene, but that's what makes it so funny. Edie McClurg (She was a John Hughes favorite. You'll recognize her as Ed Rooney's assistant from Ferris Bueller, another Hughes classic)is hilarious for the two minutes she is on screen as the rental car agent. I have seen the edited car rental seen on broadcast TV and frankly, it's nowhere near as funny without the "F-Bombs". John Hughes was a genius at making us laugh and cry at relatable, every day situations. And John Candy was everyman's comic actor. This role was meant for him and in my mind is his comic legacy. Other reviewers are right. When you watch him in this, and the final scence freezes with him smiling, you do realize how much he is missed.
JohnnyJZ More than 1 year ago
John Candy at his best! Wonderful pairing of Steve Martin and John Candy! Terrific Holiday movie for anytime of the year!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I need to watch this at least three times a year -- from Candy's classic mimic of Ray Charles doing 'The Mess Around' to Steve Martin's rent-a-car rant -- this is great cinema. The end is touching. The physical comedy is charming. It's Candy's best.