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Planes, Trains and Automobiles Details


Were it not for its profanity-laden opening scenes, John Hughes' Planes, Trains and Automobiles might have been suitable family entertainment: certainly it's heaps less violent and mean-spirited than Hughes' Hughes. En route to Chicago to spend Thanksgiving with his family, easily annoyed businessman Neal Page (Steve Martin) finds his first-class plane ticket has been demoted to coach, and he must share his flight with obnoxious salesman Del Griffith (John Candy). A sudden snowstorm in Chicago forces the plane to land in Wichita. Unable to find a room in any of the four-star hotels, Neal is compelled to accept Del's invitation to share his accommodations in a cheapo-sleazo motel. Driven to distraction by Del's annoying personal habits, the ungrateful Neal lets forth with a stream of verbal abuse. That's when Del delivers the anticipated (but always welcome) "I don't judge, why should you?"-type speech so common to John Hughes flicks. The shamefaced Neal tries to make up to Del, but there's a bumpy time ahead as the mismatched pair make their way back to Chicago, first in a balky train, then by way of a refrigerator truck. We know from the outset that the oil-and-water Neal and Del will be bosom companions by the end of Planes, Trains and Automobiles, but it's still a fun ride. The best bit: a half-asleep Del thinking that he's got his hand tucked between two pillows -- until his bedmate, Neal, bellows "Those aren't pillows!" ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:November 27, 1987


Steve Martin
as Neal Page
John Candy
as Del Griffith
Laila Robins
as Susan Page
William Windom
as Bryant (uncredited)
Michael McKean
as State Trooper
Kevin Bacon
as Taxi racer
Dylan Baker
as Owen
Carol Bruce
as Joy Page
Olivia Burnette
as Marti
Diana Douglas
as Peg
Martin Ferrero
as Motel Clerk
Richard Herd
as Walt
Edie McClurg
as Car Rental Agent
George Petrie
as Martin Page
Gary Riley
as Motel Thief
Charles Tyner
as Gus
Bill Erwin
as Man on Plane
John Moio
as Screaming Driver
Larry Hankin
as Doubie
Lulie Newcomb
as Owen's Wife
Diana Castle
as Stewardess
John Randolph Jones
as Cab Dispatcher
Lyman Ward
as John (uncredited)
Nicholas Wyman
as New York Lawyer
Matthew Lawrence
as Little Neal Page
Grant Forsberg
as Brand Manager
Ben Stein
as Wichita Airport Rep
Ruth de Sosa
as New York Ticket Agent
Gary Palmer
as Pilot
Gaetano Lisi
as Cab Driver - New York
Victoria Vanderkloot
as Screaming Driver's Wife


John Hughes
John Hughes
Michael Chinich
Neil Machlis
John Hughes
Ira Newborn
Composer (Music Score)
Paul Hirsch
Adam Bernardi
Harold Michelson
Art Director
Neil Machlis
Executive Producer
Michael Chinich
Executive Producer
Jane Bogart
Set Designer
Linda Spheeris
Set Designer
Louis Mann
Set Designer
April Ferry
Costume Designer
Mark A. Radcliffe
First Assistant Director
Janet Hirshenson
Jane Jenkins