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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Steve Martin
John Candy
Laila Robins
Michael McKean
Kevin Bacon
Directors
John Hughes
Screenwriters
John Hughes
Running Time
93 minutes

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
A stand-up guy and a sit-down glutton go on a road, rail and air trip.


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Plot
Marketing man Neal (Martin) is in a last ditch dash to get home for Thanksgiving. He makes his flight, which is then delayed and diverted to Wichita. In flight, he reluctantly befriends Del (Candy), an enormous slob who proceeds to follow Neal - via an assortment of transport - like a bad smell.


Verdict
A warm, mature offering from Hughes, with Martin's restraint a perfect counterpoint to Candy's enormous (and enormously amusing) fooling around. You'll find sympathy here, but just as many calamitous antics as you'd expect in any Hughes vehicle.


Reviewed by Gavin Bainbridge

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