Movie of the day: Planes, Trains & Automobiles

Today’s Movie of the day is Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987) directed by John Hughes and  starring John Candy, and Steve Martin.


This movie is about a man called Neal Page (who is played by Steve Martin) who is trying to get home to his family in Chicago from a business trip and runs into a bunch of flight cancellations. By mere chance he runs into a shower curtain salesman (played by John Candy)  at the airport and they tried to find a way to get back to Chicago. They encounter so much obstacles along the way! They literally in “Planes, Trains and Automobiles.”


l/r Steve Martin and the late John Candy star in the 1987 movie, “Planes, Trains and Automobiles.”

So I didn’t know anything about this movie until a couple of years ago. It was Thanksgiving and I wanted to watch a movie on Netflix and this was on my recommendation list. So I took a chance and pressed play and I am beyond happy that I did!

I have always been such a huge fan of both leading actors in this movie because the first movie I watch of them was:

Little Shop of Horrors:


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And in Plane, Trains and Automobiles they play off each perfectly. This movie is so endearing and have the perfect mixture of laughter and tears. It quickly became a staple viewing for the holiday season for me.


Here is Steve Martin talking about working with John Candy on this movie:

Here are some fun facts about this movie:

When John Candy is riding on the bus he is humming the theme to the Flintstones which was his favorite cartoon.

Director John Hughes originally wanted Tom Hanks and John Travolta to play the lead roles in this movie.

In Del Griffith’s trunk he only has the following items inside: a pillow, and a picture of his wife.


Actor Rick Moranis was another actor that was considered for the role of Neal.



Until Next time!





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