Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)


images“You know you nearly killed me, slugging me in the gut when I wasn’t ready! That’ss how Houdini died, you know!” – Del

Number of Times Seen –  Too numerous to count (Theater, video, DVD, 10 Jun 2013)

Brief Synopsis – A businessman trying to get from NYC to Chicago for Thanksgiving must travel together with an annoying salesman.

My Take on it – I have always loved this movie. It is definitely one of Steve Martin’s best movies if not THE best. I also loved Parenthood (1989), so it’s a toss-up between the two as far as I’m concerned.  I think that Martin is better in his straight roles as opposed to his comic roles.

John Candy was also great in the movie, he plays to perfection the kind of guy that we all dread having to sit next to on a plane or anywhere else for that matter.

There are a bunch of classic scenes in this movie, but the best is by far the car rental scene with Edie McClurg.  Another great scene that my friends and I love to imitate is the highway scene in the middle of the night.

If you are looking for a fun road-trip movie, this classic is one of the best!!

Bottom Line – Fun movie, lots of laughs. Steve Martin great as straight man and John Cnady great. Recommended!

Rating – Globe Worthy

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