Planes, Trains and Automobiles Poster

Release Date: November 26th, 1999

DVD Release Date: November 21st, 2000

R|1 hr 32 min

Plot Summary
Easily excitable Neal Page (Steve Martin) is somewhat of a control freak. Trying to get home to Chicago to spend Thanksgiving with his wife (Laila Robins) and kids, his flight is rerouted to a distant city in Kansas because of a freak snowstorm, and his sanity begins to fray. Worse yet, he is forced to bunk up with talkative Del Griffith (John Candy), whom he finds extremely annoying. Together they must overcome the insanity of holiday travel to reach their intended destination.

Cast: Steve Martin, John Candy, Laila Robins, Michael McKean, Kevin Bacon, Dylan Baker, William Windom, Edie McClurg

Director: John Hughes

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Paramount Pictures

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: Friendship, Transformation, Rivalry, Police officer, Family, Endearing, 1980s, Wife, Husband, Madcap

Ratings & Reviews

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  • 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 experiences, cars going up in flames, punches to the face and other disasters – getting to enjoy Thanksgiving with family and friends make the odyssey worth it. Everything else is just turkey. show more

  • 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. show more

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

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