Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

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USA | 1987 | 93 minutes | John Hughes

November 6, 2019

SIFF Movie Club

Neal Page (Steve Martin) has a string of unlucky circumstances stack up against him just as he's about to return home for the Thanksgiving holidays. Thrust into the unwelcome company of shower curtain ring salesman Del Griffith (John Candy), Planes, Trains, and Automobiles plays out like the best riff on Neil Simon's The Odd Couple imaginable.


Wednesday, November 6, 2019

When Neal's cab to the airport is stolen out from under him by Del on the streets of New York City, there's little to no expectation that Neal's journey home will be hitched to Del in a series of comedic misadventures. But that's exactly how things play out in John Hughes' Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, as the two men test out all of the modes of transportation hinted at in the title in an extended trek home to Chicago like none other. Featuring memorable cameos by Edie McClurg, Kevin Bacon, Michael McKean, and more.

"The movies that last, the ones we return to, don't always have lofty themes or Byzantine complexities. Sometimes they last because they are arrows straight to the heart."—Roger Ebert

  • Director: John Hughes
  • Principal Cast: Steve Martin, John Candy, Laila Robins
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 1987
  • Running Time: 93 minutes
  • Producer: John Hughes
  • Screenplay: John Hughes
  • Cinematographers: Don Peterman
  • Language: English