Comedy Cinema – This Week – Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Welcome to the sister article to Comedy Clicks! Each week, we will be taking an in depth look at some of the best comedy films that the world of cinema can offer! Today we will be looking at Planes, Trains and Automobiles

About the Film

Summary of Plot

A Chicago advertising man must struggle to travel home from New York for Thanksgiving, with a lovable oaf of a shower curtain ring salesman as his only companion.iMDB

Year Of Release


Running Time

1 Hour 33 Minutes


John Hughes

Box Office Opening Weekend




Steve Martin – Neal Page
John Candy – Del Griffith
Laila Robins – Susan Page

Song From the OST


  • John Candy and Steve Martin’s favorite film of their own.
  • Steve Martin was convinced to join the production after favoring two scenes he had read from the script: the seat adjustment-scene in the car, and the F-word tirade at the car rental desk.
  • The movie ends with a freeze frame of John Candy with a tight lipped grin. Uncle Buck (1989) ends exactly the same way, a freeze frame of John Candy with the same expression.
  • The train used in the movie sits dormant at a small rural station in the Western New York town of Gowanda. The “Contrack” logos are still present on the engine and cars. It’s remained unused since the making of the film.
  • 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.
  • While riding the bus, John Candy sings the theme song to The Flintstones (1960), which was his all-time favorite cartoon.

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