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Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)

Steve Martin , John Candy , John Hughes  |  R |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (835 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Steve Martin, John Candy, Olivia Burnette, Kevin Bacon, Diana Castle
  • Directors: John Hughes
  • Format: Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC, Color
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: November 21, 2000
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (835 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CXC0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,079 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" on IMDb

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114 of 118 people found the following review helpful
When I think of "Planes, Trains & Automobiles" I smile. It is an absolutely wonderful movie. Yes, it is regarded as a comedy but when I think of it I think of it as more of a drama. The jokes don't get old. This is probably my favorite comedy of all time. Hughes takes the traveling nightmare genre to a whole new level. It's more a triumph in script writing than anything

For those who don't already know Planes, Trains and Automobiles is simple in its approach. Everything that can go wrong does. It's a comic routine that can be funny, but here it is a trip to hysterical. The plot is simple enough as well. Neal Page (Steve Martin) is on his way home for Thanksgiving. He's your typical businessman that works in New York and has a family he wants to see in Chicago. The only problem is everything from delayed flights to ripped up car tickets happen on the way. Only worsening matters, Del Griffith (John Candy), is along for the ride. An annoying shower curtain ring salesman, Neal can't get rid of him no matter how hard he tries.

John Candy gives the performance of his too short career as the traveling shower curtain ring salesman Del Griffith. What makes Candy's performance so impressive is that while Del is an obnoxious, annoying slob, Candy shows that this is a very lonely, sweet, kind, and caring man with a great heart. This is a man who is putting his needs behind the needs of another person, a complete stranger in Neil Page. Candy creates an incredibly complex man, who the audience really gets to know and genuinely care about. They say comedies are the hardest films to get nominated for Oscars, which is true. And while "PT & A" is no Best Picture winner, it certainly in my mind has a performance not just worthy of a nomination but of an Oscar as well.
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83 of 87 people found the following review helpful
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A stellar performance from Steve Martin and the late, great John Candy.
I don't know where that guys doing the Editorial Reviews are coming from, this movie is great!
Steve Martin is stuffy ad executive Neil "I can take anything" Page and John Candy is the bungling but warm-hearted shower-curtain-ring guy (I know what you mean), Del "Extra set of fingers" Griffith. We follow this mismatched pair half way across the States and back again as they encounter one crisis after another. As the title says, our heros travel whatever way they can to get to Chicago- from planes to trains to cars.
One of the funniest scenes is when after Del gets his coat caught behind the driver's seat, panics and sends the car on a tailspin causing him to go the wrong way down the Interstate. We see their car get caught between two semis. During the squeeze, Neil looks and sees Del as the Devil, complete with pitchfork and horns.
In all, this movie is great! You will not be disappointed, that I can promise you because it's "filled with helium, which makes it 10% lighter."
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68 of 71 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Here's what's on it August 18, 2009
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For those of you thinking about buying this new DVD version, here are the extras on it: 3 featurettes ("Getting There is Half the Fun: The Story of Planes Trains and Automobiles", "John Hughes for Adults", "John Candy"), and a deleted scene ("Airplane Food").

Not bad, but would have liked to see more deleted scenes since apparently Hughes had a 3 hour version of this movie. Maybe those will come out eventually.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank God This Film Exists!! February 2, 1999
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We are blessed to have not only a film but a great film combining the talents of veteran comics Steve Martin and the late John Candy. Far superior to most films of its type, "Planes" has wit, warmth and heart. The plot is simple - Suave ad man Neal (Martin) tries to get home for thanksgiving with his family but encounters frustration at at every turn. To top this off, fate decrees that he spend most of his travel time with well-intentioned but eternally irritating Del (Candy). Candy and Martin seem made for their roles. Candy is perfect as never-ending talker and shower-curtain ring salesman Del (we've all met him!) and Martin is solid as the serious ad-man. Film is full of hilarious moments - Candy and Martin watching their final mode of transport (a car) literally going up in smoke; waking up snuggled up against each other on their first night (one bed in the last room in the last hotel complex) and freezing together on the back of an open truck - but also its tender moments displaying Del's vulnerability. I noted that film critic Leonard Maltin criticised the awful music score, but to me, this is representative of the tone of the entire trip. Film doesn't deserve the R rating I see that it has, despite the the notorious bad language scene. To me, this film exemplifies what quality family entertainment is all about - friendship prevaling against the odds and identifiable characters. John Hughes once again has his finger on the pulse as to what a mainstream audience will enjoy and this film is a credit to him and the stars. See it!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-See for Comedy Lovers! November 15, 2000
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles is THE funniest movie I have ever seen. It combines two comedy greats, Steve Martin and John Candy together, on a roadtrip to get home for christmas.
What happens is Steve martin, a buisness from Chicago, needs to get home for christmas. Not only is his flight cancelled, train wrecked, and car not in the rent-a-car parking spot, he meet John Candy. In this movie Candy plays an extremely nice guy that can't keep his mouth closed. On the other hand, Martin plays a quiet-type person that can get annoyed very easily.
As you can see, they could never travel together....
....or could they?
This movie brings out a real common bond or friendship that can form between two absolute strangers that have absolutely nothing in common.
Planes, Trains, and Autos has comedy written everywhere. Jokes, pranks, and all sorts of fun are performed well in the movie. I recommend this movie to anyone that wants to laugh!! Honestly folks, this movie is the best and should really be recognized. I guarantee you will love it!
Thanks for reading my review and have a nice day!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The finest comedy ever made, with the best of John Candy and Steve...
An "odd couple" story that you will watch every year around Thanksgiving and Christmas, or any time you'd like to laugh non stop for two hours! Read more
Published 4 days ago by Deborah Feldman
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh no they didn't?!
This movie pairs a great comical duo Steve Martin and the late John Candy. They work perfectly together to make this movie is hilarious. Read more
Published 8 days ago by TNBlonde
5.0 out of 5 stars Husbands Favorite
This is my husbands favorite movie I believe of all time. Its a classic in his book. Heard from my cousin that she never really saw the entire movie in one setting. Read more
Published 11 days ago by rubysuehoy
5.0 out of 5 stars The funniest movie ever
LOVE this movie ~ as many times as I have watched it I still laugh my head off. The only problem is when Steve goes into a RAGE over the car rental and used the "F" word... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Muzzer
5.0 out of 5 stars Candy and Martin - whats to say?
These guys are funny - Im a crank, hard to pleeze, and I love it
I'm not some refugee from college drinking bouts who will laugh at anything
Its funny ha hsa haa haw hee... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Amazoner
5.0 out of 5 stars Planes Trains and Automobiles
Never get tire of this movie. Real life happens to us all rolled up into one road trip. Hillarious. Watch it again or for the first time, very intertaining and funny. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Tawny Abernathy
5.0 out of 5 stars classic!!
love this movie - it's a staple with thanksgiving every year. Despite laden with schtick and silliness, there are some very poignant acting moments from both Candy and Martin.
Published 29 days ago by muddlermike
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Product
Pros: Works as expected. Great Price for this product. I would recommend for future purchases.
Cons: No negatives I can find.
Published 1 month ago by Donald S.
3.0 out of 5 stars PRETTY FUNNY
I would recommend this movie to anyone who appreciates a good comedy. Nothing not to like unless a little silliness disturbs you.
Published 1 month ago by R. Lyle
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
If you love Movies and you haven't seen this one then obviously you DON'T love movies. Steve Martin and John Candy are great in this touching but hysterically funny Holiday movie.
Published 1 month ago by Joshua D. Lowrance
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It can't be found -- it has never been shown anywhere or released on video, but Paramount has announced a Planes, Trains and Automobiles - Those Aren't Pillows! Edition for 10/20/2009. The bonus features for this special edition have not been announced but the disc will likely include SOME... Read more
Jul 31, 2009 by Tyler Foster |  See all 3 posts
DVD Cover Art Makes It Look Like An X-Mas Movie
I fully agree. Saw it for the first time just today, and it feels too much like a Christmas movie, especially with the greens and reds.
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