Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

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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-classSee more details below

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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 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.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/22/1997
UPC:
0097363203636
Original Release:
1987
Rating:
R
Source:
Paramount

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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