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Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, a review by Dragonfire

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

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 lovable, 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. It 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.

My Thoughts

This movie is hilarious, especially what happens with the rental car later in the movie.  How that thing was still running I don't know.  The movie is one of the few I have seen that is set near Thanksgiving and the while the holiday wasn't the main focus of the movie, it was important to the plot since Neil was trying so hard to get home in time for dinner with his family.  Many people tend to travel around the holiday, so that aspect of the movie was believable and realistic.  It was even realistic that Neil and Del would end up in a different city and having to resort to other forms of travel to make it to Chicago.  Martin and Candy worked very well together and added a lot of humor.  Neil was clearly annoyed with Del from the start, but he managed to keep that under control for the most part.  He was finally pushed over the edge after an incident when he tried to rent a car and he did flip out, using a version of the word that rhymes with luck about 20 times in 2 minutes.  That was a Clark Griswald type of flip out and it was hilarious, including the way he was using that particular word.  Some aspects of the movie were a bit silly, but it was very entertaining overall.


(From My November Alphabet Marathon on November 25th, 2008)

Member's Reviews

North by Northwest, a review by dfmorgan

North by Northwest

Year: 1959
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Cast: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason
Overview: Dazzling 50th Anniversary Restoration!

Cary Grant is the screen's supreme man-on-the-run in his fourth and final teaming with Master of Suspense Alfred Hitchcock. He plays a Manhattan adman plunged into a realm of spy (James Mason) and counterspy (Eva Marie Saint) and variously abducted, framed for murder, chased, and in a signature set-piece, crop-dusted. He also hangs for dear life from the facial features of Mount Rushmore's Presidents. Savour one of Hollywood's most enjoyable thrillers ever in this State-of-the-Art Restoration: its Renewed Picture Vitality will leave you just as breathless as the chase itself.

Watched: 6th. Nov. 2010
My Thoughts: OK I guess that Mr. Hitchcock is not to my style. Although I didn't have any high expectations I was still left underwhelmed by this film. I thought the actors came over well but overall the film did nothing for me.

My Rating: Yet another 2 for the master of suspense


(From Dave's DVD/Blu-ray Reviews on November 7th, 2010)

Member's TV Reviews

"Due South" marathon, a review by Tom

3.02 Eclipse (1997-09-21)
Writer: Paul Haggis (Created By), John Krizanc (Writer)
Director: Richard J. Lewis
Cast: Paul Gross (Constable Benton Fraser), Callum Keith Rennie (Stanley "Ray" Kowalski), Beau Starr (Lt. Harding Welsh), Camilla Scott (Inspector Margaret Thatcher), Tony Craig (Detective Jack Huey), Tom Melissis (Detective Dewey), Catherine Bruhier (Elaine), Gordon Pinsent (Fraser Sr.), Jackie Burroughs (Gladys Caunce), Diego Matamoros (Detective Hallet), Alan Peterson (Brandauer), Maria Vacratsis (Charmain), Walter Alza (Jimmy), Steve Michalchuk (Bronco), Tyler Kyte (Young Raymond), Peter Bray (Marcus Ellery), Diana Salvatore (Young Stella), Aron Tager (Tom)

A good episode where we (and Fraser) learn more about the new Ray. Nice touch is, that Ray needs glasses for shooting. With them he is a really great shot, but without them he doesn't hit anything.


(From "Due South" marathon on September 13th, 2009)