The Movie Review Guy Best Movies for 2013
Dec 31, 2013
The Top 80 movies from the 1980's in 80 Days (DAY 67):
14. “Planes, Trains & Automobiles” (1987)
A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving, with an obnoxious slob of a shower ring salesman his only companion.
Steve Martin—Neal Page
John Candy—Del Griffith
And bunch of other people
Facts about the this movie:
*Opening Weekend: $7,009,482 (USA) (1118 Screens)
*Gross: $49,230,280 (USA)
*Steve Martin was convinced to join the production after favoring two scenes he had read from the script; the seat adjustment-scene in the car, and the F-word tirade at the car rental desk.
*The movie She's Having a Baby is also on TV in the motel scene, even though the film hadn't been released yet.
*At the beginning of the movie, Neal Page (Steve Martin) races a character played by Kevin Bacon for a taxi. Later, Neal phones his wife to tell her that he has been delayed (again), in the background, you can hear the fight from She's Having a Baby (also directed by John Hughes) between Bacon and Elizabeth McGovern, when she screams that she doesn't like his friend's girlfriend.
*At the beginning of the movie when Steve Martin (Neal Page) races Kevin Bacon (Taxi racer), is a direct reference to the scene in the movie Quicksilver in which the character played by Bacon is racing someone on a bicycle.
*Jeri Ryan was cast, but her part was cut from the final release.
*The scenes at night on the higway were filmed in central California. Fake snow was applied to the sides of the roads to make it appear as a Midwest winter.
*Many of the highway scenes were actually filmed on a stretch of (at the time) unopened highway (US 219) that runs between Buffalo and Springville, NY.
*Steve Martin's favorite film of his own.
*The Marathon Car Rental scene is exactly one minute long from the time Steve Martin starts his tirade, to the time the attendant ends the scene. In that 60 seconds, the word "fucking" is used 18 times.
Cast and crew traveled from the Midwest to the East Coast and back in search of snow for many scenes, which seemed to melt whenever they arrived. The shoot was hellish, and according to some who worked on it, Hughes's grumpy behavior (he was going through rough times) only made it worse.
*No transportation company wanted to appear inept or deficient in any way, so crews had to rent twenty miles of train track and refurbish old railroad cars, construct a set that looked like an airline terminal, design a rent-a-car company logo and uniforms, and rent 250 cars for the infamous Rent-a-Car sequence.
*In a television version of the film, there is added footage during the New York-Chicago/Wichita flight where Del and Neal try to eat in flight.
*Neal's house was also a set built from scratch, consisting of seven rooms and taking five months to complete. It ended up costing $100,000, which angered Paramount executives and caused turmoil on the set.
*Although it's not included in the theatrical or the network cuts, a shot of Del Griffith brushing his teeth was included on ads for the network version.
*John Hughes shot over 600,000 feet of film, almost twice the industry average. The rumored three-hour version of the film does indeed exist, although not in order - moreover it's a mess of footage that would take "months, maybe even years" according to Hughes to transform into an actual film. It is locked away in a Paramount vault, and according to Hughes, most of it has probably deteriorated by now.
*John Hughes' original choice for the train station and platform was the station in Kankakee, Illinois, 60 miles south of Chicago. The cast and crew were in town for a week waiting for weather cold enough to make snow... and several interior scenes were filmed at an abandoned warehouse using a "cover set".
*John Candy and Steve Martin eat dinner on the plane in a scene that is not in the theatrical version though it airs on the televised version. The scene ends with a long-haired passenger in front of Steve Martin letting his or her hair cascade down onto his brownie, completely covering it. No longer hungry, John Candy fishes through the hair to retrieve and eat it.
*The exterior of their aircraft in flight is a reuse of the 707 flying through the storm from the movie Airplane! (1980).
*In the airport scene in Wichita, when the airline employee announces that the flight has been canceled, you can see on the board behind him that the destination of the flight is "nowhere".
*The scenes shot at Lambert Airport in St. Louis were shot during winter but the weather was uncharacteristically warm (mid 80's F), so all the snow in the scene had to be trucked in.
*A scene that is not included in the movie but featured in the trailer shows Del (John Candy) in the bathroom of the first motel he and Neal (Steve Martin) are staying in. In the scene he does, among other things, an impersonation of Elvis Presley in which he sings into his hair brush.
*The taxi scene was filmed on a stretch of road in Madison, Ohio.
*John Hughes in an interview on the 'Those Aren't Pillows' DVD edition was inspired to write the film's story after an actual flight from New York to Chicago he was on was diverted to Wichita Kansas, thus taking him 5 days to get home.
*John Hughes wrote the first-draft of the screenplay in 3 days. His average writing time for a screenplay in those days was about 3-5 days with 20-some rewrites.
*Debra Lamb's role was cut from the final finished version of the film.
*The contents of Del Griffith's large trunk/footlocker are never revealed.
Why I Picked this movie #14:
1. It was John Hughes for the 1980’.
2. As always it was a great script.
3. Awesome dialog.
4. John Hughes best film ever.
5. It is timeless.
6. Awesome chemistry between John Candy and Steve Martin.
7. Awesome comedy and drama
8. It is great Bro movie.
9. Awesome road movie.
10. It has a great big heart.
11. Awesome acting.
12. It is John Candy best film ever. It showed how he was trying to brake out of being the funny man.
13. Awesome dialog.
14. It has awesome heart string pulling moments.
15. John Candy from 1980’s.
16. Awesome chemistry with the cast.
17. Great casting.
18. Has some of the most memorable scenes in film history.
19. It is non-stop movie that make you laugh from beginning to conclusion
20. It make you choke like no other movie out there at that time.
21. Has some of the most memorable quotes / dialog in film history.
22. It is Steve Martin top five best films.
23. Steve Martin is was great striate man.
First time seeing it:
On VHS during the holiday season.