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 heart warming ending never fails to get to me.

The movie is full of great scenes and some good lines from Candy and Martin. John Candy can make me laugh with just a look on his face. The guy was a great comedian and a really good actor.

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.

By the way….there is a new extended version of the movie that has been released that has over 75 minutes of extra footage…that will be bought. 

Some great quotes:

Neal: Del… Why did you kiss my ear?
Del: Why are you holding my hand?
Neal: [frowns] Where’s your other hand?
Del: Between two pillows…
Neal: Those aren’t pillows!

Del: You play with your balls a lot.
Neal: I do NOT play with my balls.
Del: Larry Bird doesn’t do as much ball-handling in one night as you do in an hour!
Neal: Are you trying to start a fight?
Del: No. I’m simply stating a fact. That’s all. You fidget with your nuts a lot.
Neal: You know what’d make me happy?
Del: Another couple of balls, and an extra set of fingers?

For those who know the movie…


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.

36 thoughts on “Planes, Trains and Automobiles”

    1. I’m going tomorrow or I”m ordering the new version with the extra footage. Jen my wife doesn’t like watching movies twice but this one she does…about the only one.

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      1. We were invited to my cousin’s house so we are going over there…we are cooking a turkey for the long weekend when we get back.

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  1. I think I’ve told you the story about how we watched this with Mom, Tex (her husband) and Pat (my brother), who’d seen the movie about 50 times and knew everything that was going to happen about five minutes before it did, and told us, thus ruining the element of surprise… I’m sure the movie was well-done and very funny (I did like the scene with Edie McClurg as the Hertz Rent-A-Car lady), but that incident ruined the whole thing for us…

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  2. John Candy was such a great comic actor. He really pretty much upped the fun in anything he showed up in. Haven’t seen this one for years and years, might be time to try to re-view it.

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  3. When my wife took me to the ONLY Blockbuster Video in the world on my 40th birthday, THIS was the movie we rented 🙂 A true classic. This is my kind of humor. This was also my easy Steve Martin to Kevin Bacon connector whenever we played “Seven Degrees of Kevin Bacon.”

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