A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving with a lovable oaf of a shower curtain ring salesman as his only companion.

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John Hughes

Writer:

John Hughes
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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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 | Drama

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Only rated PG in New Zealand, even though the infamous "eighteen f-words in under a minute" scene remained intact. See more »

Goofs

When traveling by car, Del adjusts his passenger seat via power controls while complaining about the position. Later when he is driving, he catches his parka on the controls but now they are manual controls. See more »

Quotes

Neal: Well, I'll tell you... as much trouble as I've had on this little journey, I'm sure one day I'm gonna look back and laugh.
Del: [giggles] You think so?
Neal: [starts chuckling] Oh, I'm laughing already.
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Crazy Credits

As the title Planes, Trains & Automobiles scroll across the screen, we hear the sound of them at the same time. See more »

Alternate Versions

In a television version, there is added footage during the New York- Chicago/Wichita flight where Del and Neal try to eat in flight. See more »

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Lost Again
(1983)
Written by Boris Blank & Dieter Meier
Performed and produced by Yello
Courtesy of Polygram Special Products, a division of Polygram Records, Inc.
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"YOU'RE GOING THE WRONG WAY!!!!!!"
18 November 2001 | by SmileysWorldSee 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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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

25 November 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Planes, Trains and Automobiles See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,009,482, 29 November 1987

Gross USA:

$49,530,280

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$49,530,280
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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