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Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987) Movie Information

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506

Avg. Rating:

2.98/4

# of Ratings:

331

Genres:

Comedy, Adventure

Rating:

R

Language:

English

Theater Date:

11/25/1987

DVD Release:

10/20/2009

Director:

John Hughes

Actors:

Steve Martin
John Candy
Laila Robins
Michael McKean
Kevin Bacon
Dylan Baker

 

 

 

 

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Plot Outline:

Uptight businessman Neal Page wants to get home for Thanksgiving, but when his flight is canceled due to bad weather, he is forced to procure other means of transportation and is joined by Del Griffith, a salesman with a big heart and even bigger mouth. -- Chris Kavan

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Matthew Brady 02/03/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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4/4 

Uptight businessman Neal Page wants to get home for Thanksgiving, but when his flight is canceled due to bad weather, he is forced to procure other means of transportation and is joined by Del Griffith, a salesman with a big heart and even bigger mouth. This is the best Christmas movie I mean Steve martin and John candy was very enjoyable to watch.

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scunaclaf 10/04/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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3.5/4 

I reckon this was the movie that inspired Due Date. Due being a more outrageous comedy, but when i first saw Due Date i thought if maybe the director was inspired by the odd couple travellng together, dont like each other at first and then eventually do ....... through a series of events that happen along the way.... This is a good comedy and moving too in parts

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mitchellyoung 12/27/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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3.5/4 

Planes, Trains, & Automobiles is one of the greatest buddy comedies ever made, a film that combines the wildness of John Candy with the tight-lipped straight man acting of Steve Martin. Buried behind Martin's infamous cursing scene, and some hilariously vulgar episodes is a movie with real heart and soul. It's a film I watch every Thanksgiving.

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  Daniel Corleone
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10/16/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Planes, Trains & Automobiles review

Neal Page (Steve Martin) has been experiencing a string bad luck before getting home in Thanksgiving. A few of these unfortunate events that occurred were his cab being driven away by another passenger, flight home was cancelled, gets robbed, major credit cards got fried, rental car that was non-existent and almost gets crushed by 2 trucks. Del Griffith (John Candy) finds a way to bring his new found friend home on Thanksgiving. A few lines from the flick: Del - "You wanna hurt me? Go right ahead if it makes you feel any better. I'm an easy target. Yeah, you're right. I talk too much. I also listen too much. I could be a cold-hearted cynic like you, but I don't like to hurt people's feelings. Well, you think what you want about me. I'm not changing. I like me. My wife likes me. My cust...

Rating of
3.5/4 

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  ccbanker
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06/30/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Funny All Around

What can I say about Steve Martin and John Candy? They are great together? They are great individuals on and off the screen? Regardless, I have seen this movie so many times that I sometimes annoy people when I regurgitate lines from the movie or when I relate normal life to scenes that happened in the movie. One great example is one of the opening scenes when Martin is rushing to get to the airport after an arduous sales meeting. We've all been there, where someone or something adds to the stress of a non-typical day. Three incidents of note happen when Martin is outsmarted by Kevin Bacon, taken advantage of by an attorney, and robbed of a cab by Candy, all within a few moments. The agony only builds from there for Neal Page.

The supporting cast is incredible too. Carol Bruce, ...

Rating of
4/4 

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  Ghost Seed
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09/08/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Comedic Gold

Ah John Hughes...the man was a screenwriting wizard, and he sure kindled some magic here.

This is an extremely simple story done extremely well. A rare "Comedy" that is actually funny - laugh till my eyes well-up kind of funny, and it was written back when comedies were crafted with intelligence by film makers not afraid to give the plot some heart. It stands the test of time with jokes that never grow stale even after repeated viewings.

The same can be said for the performances, as Steve Martin and John Candy are absolute comedic gold, and the development and growth of both characters actually plays out quite genuinely along with all the laughs (another rare thing in comedy.)

Like most brilliant Hughes films of this time, Planes is crammed-full of quotable lines and classic sce...

Rating of
3.5/4 

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