Planes, Trains & Automobiles | 1987

Directed by: John Hughes

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Main Plot

A man struggles to get home for Thanksgiving, encountering various mishaps along the way. He teams up with an annoying but well-meaning stranger who is also trying to get home. Together, they embark on a chaotic journey involving planes, trains, and automobiles as they try to overcome obstacles and reach their destination. Along the way, they form an unlikely bond and learn valuable lessons about friendship, patience, and the true meaning of the holiday season.


  • Neal Page, a high-strung marketing executive, is trying to get home to Chicago for Thanksgiving. He teams up with Del Griffith, a lovable but annoying shower curtain ring salesman.
  • John Candy's character is Del Griffith, a shower curtain ring salesman who befriends Steve Martin's character and helps him navigate various transportation mishaps on their journey home for Thanksgiving.
  • Laila Robins plays the character of Susan Page, who is the wife of Neal Page and plays a significant role in the plot as she helps reunite him with his family.


Neal finally arrives home on Thanksgiving Day, only to find Del waiting for him. They share a heartfelt moment before parting ways. Neal realizes Del has nowhere to go, so he invites him to stay with his family for the holiday. The two men bond over dinner, and Neal's family welcomes Del with open arms. The next morning, Neal drives Del to the train station, where they say their goodbyes. As Neal watches Del board the train, he has a change of heart and decides to bring him back home for Christmas. The film ends with Neal and Del happily reunited, showing that true friendship can be found in the most unexpected places.

John Hughes Comedy Drama Steve Martin John Candy Laila Robins