That’s how it goes if you’re traveling with Neal Page (Steve Martin) and Del Griffith (John Candy) in, by far, the best, funniest Thanksgiving movie ever — Planes, Trains and Automobiles.
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We all know the story — all that Neal wants to do is to get home for Thanksgiving. His flight has been cancelled due to bad weather, so he decides on other means of transport. As well as bad luck, Neal is blessed with the presence of Del, shower curtain ring salesman and all-around blabbermouth who is never short of advice, conversation, bad jokes, or company.
The odd couple get on each other nerves, get in unbelievable situations as they take a journey, one that’s full of crazy problems, interesting characters, laughter and in the end, a second hand look at each other and the friendship which they’ve developed.
The dialog keeps bringing us back, like when the two end up at a cheap motel, sharing a bed, and then wake up in the morning.
Neal Page: ...Del? Why did you kiss my ear?
Del Griffith: ...Why are you holding my hand?
Neal Page: ... Where's your OTHER hand?
Del Griffith: ... Between two pillows...
Neal Page: ... Those aren't pillows!
Del Griffith: Aaaaaahhh!
But through it all the movie does teach not to judge other people.
Del is just a lonely, sad man trying to cope with an emptinesss, since his wife died.
Neal, on the other hand, has become a slave to his work and ignored his family.
Slowly, they teach one another how to be better people.
The 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.