Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Special Edition, Those Aren't Pillows Edition
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Neal Page is an advertising executive who just wants to fly home to Chicago to spend Thanksgiving with his family. But all Neal Page gets is misery. Misery named Del Griffith - a loud mouthed, but nevertheless loveable, salesman who leads Neal on a cross-country, wild goose chase that keeps Neal from tasting his turkey. Steve Martin (Neal) and John Candy (Del) are absolutely wonderful as two guys with a knack for making the worst of a bad situation. If it's painful, funny, or just plain crazy, it happens to Neal and Del in Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Every traveler's nightmare in a comedy-come-true!
- John Hughes for Adults
- A Tribute to John Candy
- Deleted Scene - "Airplane Food"
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Neil Page (Steve Martin) plays an uptight advertising executive trying to get home to his family in Chicago for Thanksgiving. Page’s plans and attitude changes when he meets the loveable, if somewhat grating shower curtain ring salesman Del Griffith (John Candy). Through a series of spectacular incidents, the polar opposites become bonded together as they make their way throughout the Midwest in an effort to get Neil home for Thanksgiving.
Beyond having two comedy masters in Candy and Martin and the grand vision of John Hughes, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles succeeds in my view because the situation is highly realistic---I mean who hasn’t had a trip that hasn’t gone according to plan? The viewer feels like he could be one of these characters either the desperate to get home Neil Page who wants time with his family or Del Griffith who is desperate for a friend or in a broader sense a home.
Watched it with friends, laughed, laughed some more, groaned, then laughed again.
Classic movie involving one guy who is just unlucky every which way he turns, and another guy who seems to land on his feet somehow but is about as irritating as it's possible for one person to be. One to watch.