Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)

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A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving with a lovable oaf of a shower curtain ring salesman as his only companion.


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28 September 2014 | claudio_carvalho
8
| Funny, Heartwarming but Never Corny
In New York, the marketing executive Neal Page (Steve Martin) wants to travel home in Chicago after hours for Thanksgiving. He has difficulties to get a taxi and his flight is canceled. He meets in the airport the clumsy and talkative shower curtain ring salesman Del Griffith (John Candy) that has taken his cab and they travel side-by-side to Chicago. However the bad weather shutdown the O'Hare Airport and they land at Wichita, Kansas. They both want to go to Chicago and they decide to travel together. Along their journey Neal changes his viewpoint about Del Griffith and his own behavior.

"Planes, Trains & Automobiles" is a funny and heartwarming comedy by John Hughes. Steve Martin and John Candy are among the best comedians of the 80's and their chemistry is amazing, giving one of the best performances in a comedy. The emotional conclusion is beautiful and never corny. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Antes Só do Que Mal Acompanhado" ("Better off Alone than with Bad Company")

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Trivia

Many of the highway scenes were filmed on an unopened stretch (at the time) of U.S. Highway 219 that runs between Buffalo and Springville, New York.


Quotes

Del: Well Marie, once again my dear, you were as right as rain. I am, with out a doubt, the biggest pain in the butt that ever came down the pike. I meet someone whose company I really enjoy, and what do I do? I go overboard. I smother the poor soul. I ...


Goofs

When the Semi truck they are riding in approaches Chicago and it shows the skyline, it is showing the architecture of Sears Tower as if looking at it from the Southeast. There is no highway that comes from the southeast, that would be in the lake. Other visible buildings are in fact facing another direction than what they are in the movie.


Crazy Credits

After all the end credits, we get to see advertising exec William Windom in the office as in the scene in the beginning of the movie, still examining the pictures Neal Page were waiting for him to get through with at that point.


Alternate Versions

TV version show a scene during the first plane ride where they order dinner. Del talks about which he meals he orders according to what airline he's flying. Neal's dinner is lasagna, which due to various delays, has been reheated several times. Unsatisfied, Neal gives the lasagna and the rest of his food, to Del, who shares it with the old man next to Neal. Neal keeps the brownie with his meal, but a lady in front of them throws her hair back, disgusting Neal, so he gives the brownie to Del, who again shares it with the old guy giving him "the bigger half."


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Modigliani (Lost in Your Eyes)
(1985)
Written by
Susan Ottaviano, Jade Lee, and Theodore Ottaviano
Performed by Book of Love
Produced by Ivan Ivan
Courtesy of Sire Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products

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Comedy | Drama

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