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Planes, Trains and Automobiles – 5 Fun Facts

Planes, Trains and Automobiles is a classic film that encapsulates the importance of friendship and family relationships.

John Hughes delivers with a stellar cast even down to the supporting cast.

Here are some fun facts about Planes, Trains and Automobiles:

The film has a total of 19 adult expletives. This is a the highest number of any John Hughes film. This is primarily a result of the hilarious car rental scene. This scene is actually one of the reasons that Steve Martin joined the film.

Despite the fact that the story takes place in the Midwest, the majority of the driving sequences were filmed on an unopened stretch in NY State.

Del’s trunk is a character of the film in my I opinion. Neal is introduced to Del when he trips over his trunk.  Many people wonder what exactly is in his trunk. A little known fact is that he carries a photo of his wife and a pillow.

No the house in the film is NOT the house used in Home Alone. The house used as Neal’s family home is actually in Kenilworth on Warwick. The home used in Home Alone was on Lincoln Ave. in Winnetka, one town over.

I mentioned the great cast of characters in Planes, Trains and Automobiles earlier. The supporting cast features a handful of Hughes regulars. Kevin Bacon is the most notable name. He starred in Hughes’ She’s Having a Baby. The car rental counter attendant is played by Edie Mclurg was in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off as Ed Rooney’s secretary. Ferris’s father, Lyman Ward, starred as Neal’s coworker. Ben Stein  starred as Ferris’s high school teacher and the oddly pleased Wichita airport gate attendant.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles is available on Blu-ray in an awesome steelbook.  Here’s the press release:

Written and directed by the incomparable John Hughes, the celebrated comedy PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES makes an on-time arrival in a Limited-Edition Blu-ray SteelBook® on November 23, 2021 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

The PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES Limited-Edition Blu-ray SteelBook boasts over an hour of legacy bonus content, including an in-depth retrospective on John Hughes’ career that includes interviews with those who worked with him and explores his indelible impact as a writer and filmmaker.  Additional previously released features include “Getting There is Half the Fun: The Story of Planes, Trains And Automobiles,” “John Hughes For Adults,” a tribute to John Candy, and a deleted scene.

Starring comedy greats Steve Martin and John Candy, the uproarious classic follows a businessman (Martin) who is struggling to get home for Thanksgiving, but burdened by one travel mishap after another, as well as the company of an annoying traveling salesman (Candy).  Filled with outrageously funny situations and a generous helping of warmth, the film also features appearances by Michael McKean, Edie McClurg and Kevin Bacon.

 Watch the trailer:

 Buy the steelbook here.

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