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Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Release year: 1987
Director: John Hughes
Screenwriter: John Hughes
Starring: Steve Martin, John Candy, Laila Robins, Michael McKean, Kevin Bacon, Dylan Baker, Carol Bruce, Edie McClurg
All Neal Page (Martin) want to do is get home in time for Thanksgiving. But bad weather stops his plane and the bad luck doesn’t stop there. Luckily, he has the companionship of fellow traveler Del Griffith (Candy), or perhaps lucky isn’t the right word?
John Hughes’s (The Breakfast Club, 1985) comedy odyssey of misadventures is a perfect example of Hughes’s ability to use different tones in a movie to create a full-bodied story, as is most his movies. But where he is known for the king of teen movies, Planes, Trains and Automobiles deals with the angst and personal development of two middle aged men, but like his beloved teen angst movies, it does so with tremendous heart. Martin (Roxanne, 1987) and Candy (Uncle Buck, 1989) are both in top form and both deliver some of their best performances as the two unlikely travelling partners who are forced together by circumstances. Especially Candy shows an emotional range, he wasn’t allowed to show often and it suits him to star in a Hughes’s comedy, where emotion is more than allowed. The bad luck raining down on Neal can at times be frustrating to watch, but just when it gets uncomfortable, sugar enters to wash down the bitterness. Yes, John Hughes knew what he was doing! As with most his movies, Planes, Trains and Automobiles is a compassionate comedy about people connecting and on top of that, it is plain out funny. A true classic!
The sound effects over the opening title are of planes, trains, and automobiles, and they play specifically in that order as the main title roles across the screen.
Picture copyrights: UIP