PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES
1987 • 92 Minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Color • English • Paramount
Cast: Steve Martin, John Candy
Screenplay: John Hughes
Producer: John Hughes
When the name John Hughes is mentioned, instant association with high school coming-of-age tales like The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles come to mind. But Hughes was more versatile than keeping himself confined to the restraints of high school dramedy. He was also capable of scripting hilarious, and at times moving, tales of adulthood. This is the case of Planes, Trains and Automobiles... an essential Thanksgiving classic.
Neal Page is a marketing executive that's trying to get home to Chicago in time for Thanksgiving dinner. Unfortunately, fate conspires against him throwing bad weather, cancelled flights and broken down trains in his path. Complicating matters is his unwanted companion on the journey, Del Griffith, an obnoxious, but well-meaning, shower curtain ring salesman that constantly tests Neal's patience.
The pairing of Martin and Candy had not been paired in cinema before this film, and were not paired afterwards. A true crime considering their pitch-perfect comedic chemistry... the world was robbed of a great comedy duo. Planes, Trains and Automobiles should be watched every Thanksgiving. Not just because the film takes place during the holiday, but because it reminds the viewer of everything for which you should be thankful.