Planes, Trains and Automobiles

This is my go-to Thanksgiving movie. Steve Martin and John Candy are a great team in this comedy. Personally, I think this is John Candy’s greatest movie. I watch it every year and always looked forward to it.

The movie is full of great scenes and some good lines from Candy and Martin.

John Hughes is the Director and writer. He shot over 3 hours and had to edit it down. Below is a short plot. For those who haven’t seen it…you are missing a funny movie. It was rated R because of a one minute scene with the F-Bomb used 18 times by mostly Martin. The movie was released in 1987.

Short Plot

In New York, a marketing executive Neal Page wants to travel home to Chicago for Thanksgiving. He has difficulties getting a taxi and his flight is canceled. He meets in the airport the clumsy and talkative shower curtain ring salesman Del Griffith who has taken his cab and they travel side-by-side to Chicago. However the bad weather shuts down O’Hare Airport and they land at Wichita, Kansas. They both want to go to Chicago and they decide to travel together.  Neal is cursed/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.

Along their journey, Neal changes his viewpoint about Del Griffith and his own behavior.




Author: Badfinger (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

19 thoughts on “Planes, Trains and Automobiles”

    1. I think you will enjoy it. The only reason it was rated R was because of one quick scene…I have to admit though…it was funny also.

      I’ll be glad when today is done…it’s been a busy week at work.


  1. This movie is hilarious. A lot of times Hollywood tries to stick two stars together and it doesn’t work, but this one absolutely does. My favorite scene involves the Ray Charles tune “The Mess Around”. If you’ve ever had to travel for work, it’s a must see.

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    1. Yes where Candy is playing the dashboard then getting his coat stuck…Great chemistry in this movie. I would LOVE to see the longer version if they ever release it.


  2. I made the mistake of watching this movie with my family, who had seen it about 100 times and ruined the whole thing by telling me what was going to happen before it happened. I’m sure it was funny, but that left me in a lousy mood and I really have no desire to see it again. That said, the scene with Edie McClurg was hilarious, especially when you’ve rented as many cars as I have…

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    1. I hate when that happens. That has happened to me in a movie theatre…I was really mad then…

      I like that scene also…that is what pushed it to a R rating.


      1. Yea I have enough room… just cut it and paste it when it gets in there…that will free up room for more in the future….I sent you a link also


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