Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Paramount Pictures / Hughes Entertainment Released 1987




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Movie Summary

John Hughes

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.



Metacritic Score

  • 100

    Rolling Stone

    Planes, Trains and Automobiles is the ultimate Thanksgiving film: John Hughes understood that it's all about the buildup. No matter if your journey is filled with near-death experi...

  • 80

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Hughes' savvy notwithstanding, the appeal of Planes is due to Martin and Candy's comically controlled, ever-ingratiating performances.

  • 60


    The story itself is timeless and almost always funny. Of the many road trip comedies out there, Planes, Trains and Automobiles ranks among the very best.

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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
      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
      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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Comedy, Drama