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Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Fun Movie Facts and Trivia

Steve Martin, John Candy and John Hughes of Planes, Trains and Automobiles fame are as much a part of the holiday season as another more traditional holy triumvirate. Since 1987, they’ve been humorously pulling the Band-aid off of the adage that getting there is half the fun. What’s our advice for getting the most viewing pleasure out of this comedy classic? Make sure you watch the ensuing hilarity only after your own holiday travel is behind you. Preferably, you’re plopped down on the couch post-feast. Here’s some Planes, Trains and Automobiles trivia to go along with your turkey-induced coma. Cheers!

Steve Martin and John Candy have both said that Planes, Trains and Automobiles is the best film that they’ve starred in.

Martin joined the film after loving two particular scenes: the comic genius found in the  f-bomb rental car scene and the seat-adjustment scene.

The 60-second f-bomb scene contains 18 uses of the word.

An actual flight from New York to Chicago inspired John Hughes to write the script. It took five days for Hughes to reach his destination. Ironically, it took him less time to write the film. He had a first draft in hand after three days.

Hughes shot twice the amount of film as the average Hollywood movie at the time, measuring a colossal 600,000 feet. The first cut of the film was rumored to be three hours long and supposedly still exists in a vault at Paramount.

Exterior footage of an aircraft in a storm is reused from the 1980 film, Airplane!

Film crews created twenty miles of train track, an airline terminal and a rent-a-car company, because transportation companies refused to appear in a film that was set to paint their industry in such a negative light.

The winter weather in St. Louis was unseasonably warm, so snow had to be trucked in for the Lambert Airport scenes.

An unopened highway in upstate NY was used for many of the scenes on a highway.

Most Memorable Lines: “Where are your hands?”...“Between two pillows”...“Those aren’t pillows.”

The film made the “Great Movies” list of film critic, Roger Ebert. 

Keep an eye out for Ben Stein and Kevin Bacon, who both make cameo appearances in the film.

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