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Planes, Trains and Automobiles Movie Trivia

Planes, Trains and Automobiles Trivia

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Film facts for the 1987 Comedy movie starring Steve Martin, John Candy, Laila Robins More Cast


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The four-letter words used during Steve Martin's confrontation with the car rental lady is the root cause for the movie's R rating. The scene was reshot without the f-words for network TV.
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Kevin Bacon, Michael McKean and Ben Stein all have cameo appearances in the movie.
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After the end credits finish rolling, William Windom is seen examining pictures back in New York.
Thanks to Chris Lennon
The old man who is sitting beside Steve and John on the plane in the film, Bill Erwin, is also seen in another film masterpiece "Home Alone". He's the guy with his wife - who sell their plane tickets to Maculay's mother so she can get home.
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Watch for a roadsign that says "Chicago 106 miles." This is a reference to "The Blues Brothers".
Thanks to Mark Winchester Sr.
Doobie the taxi driver was played by veteran actor Larry Hankin, who later played Officer Balzak, who helps Kevin's distraught mother in Home Alone.
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This movie contains two references to another John Hughes movie "She's Having a Baby". Part of that movie can be heard in the background during one of Steve Martin's phone conversations with Laila Robins. It is also the movie that's on television during the motel scene.
Thanks to Peter D. Vincent
Three persons from "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" are also in John Hughes 80's masterpiece "Ferris Buellers Day Off"...

1. Steve Martin's colleague in the beginning of the movie, he plays Ferris Buellers dad.
2. The car rental woman Steve Martin verbally abuses in the airport, she plays Ed Rooneys secretary in "Ferris Buellers Day Off".
3. The boring guy in the airport (Ben Stein) announcing that all flights to chicago are cancelled. He also plays a deliberate boring Business teacher in "Ferris Buellers Day Off".
Thanks to Ian Chisholm
The cab driver is the same actor who can bee seen also as the cop eating a doughnut and talking on the phone to Kevin's mom while she is in Paris in Home Alone.
Thanks to Jonathan Lim
A shot of the airplane from "Airplane!" can be seen in this film.
Thanks to Sal Odierno
The cab driver, "Doobie," Larry Hankin, plays one of Kevin Bacon's neighbors in "She's Having a Baby".



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There's often fake stuff floating round, y'know? -Like the 'ghost boy' that can allegedly be seen in "Three Men And A Baby".




But, nothing bogus that we know yet for "Planes, Trains and Automobiles".
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