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Planes, Trains and Automobiles ("Those Aren't Pillows" Edition) (Bilingual)

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  • Actors: Steve Martin, John Candy, Laila Robins, Michael McKean, Kevin Bacon
  • Directors: John Hughes
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Paramount Studios
  • Release Date: Oct. 20 2009
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (228 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,769 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Neal Page is an advertising executive who just wants to fly home to Chicago to spend Thanksgiving with his family. But all Neal Page gets is misery. Misery named Del Griffith - a loud mouthed, but nevertheless loveable, salesman who leads Neal on a cross-country, wild goose chase that keeps Neal from tasting his turkey. Steve Martin (Neal) and John Candy (Del) are absolutely wonderful as two guys with a knack for making the worst of a bad situation. If it's painful, funny, or just plain crazy, it happens to Neal and Del in Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Every traveler's nightmare in a comedy-come-true!

Given the presence of both Steve Martin and John Candy, one would expect this John Hughes comedy to be much, much funnier than it is. Certainly it's not for lack of effort on the part of its stars. Martin is an uptight businessman trying to get home from New York for the holidays. But one thing after another gets in his way--most of it having to do with Candy, a boorish but well-meaning boob who takes a liking to him. Together they travel all over the map; no matter how hard Martin tries to shake him, he can't. But Hughes's writing is never as sharp as it should be and this film winds up being only intermittently humorous. --Marshall Fine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. A. Luster on Nov. 28 2002
Format: DVD
In my opinion this is John Candy's best movie. They should dedicate it to him. Steve Martin does a great job playing the cynic. It will have you crying from hysterical laughter or from tugging at your heartstrings. It starts out with "Neal" played by Steve Martin getting out of a marketing meeting late in New York during rush hour he runs to catch a cab for the airport so he can spend Thanksgiving with his family. With two days to get there you figure he should be plenty early. You aren't counting obstacles like "Del" played by John Candy. While Neal is giving money to a lawyer to buy him out of taking a cab in front of him, Del loads his trunk in it and takes off. The meetings and journey these two have after that is one for the record books. Del does everything he can to get Neal home to his family. They must take a Plane, Pickup Truck, Train, Bus, Rental Car, Semi, and the El to make it to Neal's Chicago Home with a detour to Kansas City. Neal may miss his daughters Thanksgiving Play but he will get a life lesson from Del that is priceless. This is a great one to own on DVD.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jenny J.J.I. TOP 100 REVIEWER on March 17 2008
Format: DVD
When I think of "Planes, Trains & Automobiles" I smile. It is an absolutely wonderful movie. Yes, it is regarded as a comedy but when I think of it I think of it as more of a drama. The jokes don't get old. This is probably my favorite comedy of all time. Hughes takes the traveling nightmare genre to a whole new level. It's more a triumph in script writing than anything

For those who don't already know Planes, Trains and Automobiles is simple in its approach. Everything that can go wrong does. It's a comic routine that can be funny, but here it is a trip to hysterical. The plot is simple enough as well. Neal Page (Steve Martin) is on his way home for Thanksgiving. He's your typical businessman that works in New York and has a family he wants to see in Chicago. The only problem is everything from delayed flights to ripped up car tickets happen on the way. Only worsening matters, Del Griffith (John Candy), is along for the ride. An annoying shower curtain ring salesman, Neal can't get rid of him no matter how hard he tries.

John Candy gives the performance of his too short career as the traveling shower curtain ring salesman Del Griffith. What makes Candy's performance so impressive is that while Del is an obnoxious, annoying slob, Candy shows that this is a very lonely, sweet, kind, and caring man with a great heart. This is a man who is putting his needs behind the needs of another person, a complete stranger in Neil Page. Candy creates an incredibly complex man, who the audience really gets to know and genuinely care about. They say comedies are the hardest films to get nominated for Oscars, which is true. And while "PT & A" is no Best Picture winner, it certainly in my mind has a performance not just worthy of a nomination but of an Oscar as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr Baz on Dec 4 2014
Format: DVD
I first watched this soon after it's initial release on VHS, this is probably the best comedy performance from both actors and I still watch it to this day from time to time.

Story wise it's a good one, Neal Page (Steve Martin) is at a business meeting in New York, but has to return home for Thanksgiving in Chicago. What follows is a disaster travel wise for Neil as everything starts to go wrong. He runs into Del Griffith (John Candy) who is a travelling salesman, and the two actors work wonders on the screen bouncing off each other with their routines.

Neil ends up stuck with Del on his journey home to Chicago and disasters continue with flight problems, a train that breaks down, even their attempts to hire a car go horribly wrong. Script is excellent, and both actors delivery superb performances Neil as the super stressed out executive, Del as the kind hearted but ultimately doomed salesman who reaps even more problems on Neil during their travels.

There are some great comedy moments here, including a classic scene in the hire car where Del manages to get himself caught on the seat, unable to control the car. The burnt out car driving along being stopped by the highway patrol. The Motel scene where both men wake up in the same bed cuddling each other is another gem, one of many brilliant moments during the film.

I like the ending myself which conveys some humanity and compassion, despite their arguments and fighting both men have a heart and I found it a nice way to end the film. Direction is good, script is excellent and a solid supporting cast too (look out for a young Kevin Bacon at the start of the film racing to a taxi against Neal). There are also some great songs used too such as "Mess Around" by Ray Charles.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl TOP 100 REVIEWER on Jan. 5 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Planes Trains and Automobiles is a great Thanksgiving road-trip (buddy?) comedy, that looks better on blu-ray and contains some excellent bonus material. For the (sale) price it was worth it to visually upgrade, as well as own the additional featurettes. Contained on this blu-ray are the making-of (which includes a q & a with writer-director John Hughes and stars Steve Martin and John Candy), as well as a couple of John Hughes retrospectives. There is a also a deleted scene (worth viewing) and a tribute to John Candy. For any fan of the film and its participants, the bonus material alone will be of interest. Highly recommended for anyone seeking a seasonal laugh with heart.
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