Planes, Trains and Automobiles

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Paramount Pictures / Hughes Entertainment Released 1987

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Director:
John Hughes
Released:
1987
Rating:
R

Steve Martin is Neal Page, an irascible advertising executive and John Candy is an animated shower ring salesman Dell Griffith. These two disparate travelers find themselves thrown together in their respective quests to make it home to Chicago in time for Thanksgiving. After a flight cancellation due to a snowstorm leaves them stranded in Wichita, KS, Dell offers to help Neal find a room in his hotel but they end up sharing a room with one bed. While eating the next day the two discover they have no money, and conclude that someone burglarized their room during the night. Deciding to continue their trip using credit cards, they try to take a train, but discover Wichita has no passenger trains. They thumb a ride to Stubbville to catch one, but it breaks down. After a subsequent bus ride gets them to St Louis, Neal suggests the two part ways, but further mishaps lead to them sharing more of their journey. Ultimately, the two end up in Chicago on Thanksgiving Day and go their separate ways, only to meet up again later.

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      • Production Budget - $15,000,000
        Domestic Gross - $49,530,280 (22nd)


        Domestic adjusted for 2013 - $103,367,541

      • Filming locations:
        Batavia, New York
        Braidwood, Illinois
        Chicago, Illinois
        Coal City, Illinois
        El Rancho Motel, Gurnee, Illinois
        Kenilworth, Illinois
        Lambert International Airport, St. Louis, Missouri
        LeMoore, California
        Madison, Ohio
        New York City, New York
        South Dayton, New York
        The Sun Motel, Braidwood, Illinois
        Wilmington, Illinois
        Woodstock, Illinois

      • Taglines:
        1. Pack in the Laughter!
        2. Steve Martin had no reason to panic...until John Candy came along.
        3. What he really wanted was to spend Thanksgiving with his family. What he got was three days with the turkey.

      • Music:
        I Can Take Anything
        Written by David Steele, Andy Cox and John Hughes
        Ba-Na-Na-Bam-Boo
        Written by Elizabeth Westwood, Nick Burton & Robert Andrews
        Performed by Westworld
        I'll Show You Something Special
        Written by Desmond Morris, Mark Morris and Steve Brown
        Performed by Baalam & the Angel
        Modigliani (Lost in Your Eyes)
        Written by Susan Ottaviano, Jade Lee and Theodore Ottaviano
        Performed by Book of Love
        Power to Believe
        Written by Nick Laird-Clowes and Gilbert Gabriel
        Performed by The Dream Academy
        Six Days on the Road
        Written by Earl Green and Carl B. Montgomery
        Performed by Steve Earle and John Mandoukos
        Gonna Move
        Written by Dave Edmunds & Nick Lowe
        Performed and Produced by Dave Edmunds
        Back in Baby's Arms
        Written by Bob Montgomery
        Performed by Emmylou Harris
        Red River Rock
        Written by Tom King, Ira Mack and Fred Mendelsohn
        Performed by Silicon Teens
        Wheels
        Written by Chris Hillman & Gram Parsons
        Performed by Stars of Heaven
        Everytime You Go Away
        Written by Daryl Hall
        Performed by Blue Room
        Mess Around
        Written by Ahmet Ertegun
        Performed by Ray Charles
        Lost Again
        Written by Boris Blank & Dieter Meier
        Performed and produced by Yello
        Blue Moon of Kentucky
        Written by Bill Monroe
        Continental Trailways Blues
        Written by Steve Earle
        Performed by Steve Earle and John Mandoukos
        (Meet) the Flintstones
        Music by Hoyt Curtin
        Lyrics by William Hanna & Joseph Barbera
        Performed by John Candy
        Three Coins in the Fountain
        Music by Jule Styne
        Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
        Performed by Steve Martin

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