Planes, Trains & Automobiles

D: John Hughes
Paramount (John Hughes)
US 1987
93 mins
W: John Hughes
DP: Don Peterman
Ed: Paul Hirsch
Mus: Ira Newborn

Steve Martin (Neal Page), John Candy (Del Griffith), Laila Robins (Susan Page), Michael McKean (State Trooper), Kevin Bacon (Taxi Racer), Dylan Baker (Owen)

The very best of Steve Martin. He plays a stuffy businessman travelling home from New York City to Chicago to spend Thanksgiving with his family, but when his flight is rerouted to Kansas due to bad weather, he and his odious travelling companion John Candy encounter many difficulties with their alternative methods of travel.
The film veers into holiday spirit sentimentality towards the end, but there's more than enough hilarious moments before that point to make this film highly enjoyable, with co-stars Steve Martin and John Candy both delivering what is quite possibly their best ever comedy performances. It's arguably John Hughes' finest hour as writer and director too.

Steve Martin & John Candy in Planes, Trains & Automobiles
Steve Martin & John Candy in Planes, Trains & Automobiles