Episode 54, November 17, 2017: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

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To celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday approaching, we discuss the John Hughes class, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. We talk the current state of Hollywood and Chad's time as a gimp in Brian's cousin's basement.


Warning: Spoilers, adult humor, and harsh language ahead. Listen at your own risk.



Show Notes:


2DudeReview - Episode 54: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Brian introduction

Introductions of people, brian

Bet:

Origins and Tidbits

Rotten Tomatoes

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Film locations:

Sun Motel, South Hickory Street, Braidwood, IL

Stubbsville is South Dayton, Buffalo NY


Airport is St Louis Lambert International Airport, St Louis, MO


After their car bursts into flames they go to El Rancho Motel, 36355 North Highway 41, Gurnee, IL

They get picked up at old Woodstock courthouse, now Old Courthouse Arts Center, Woostock IL….aka Punxsutawney from Groundhog Day

When they get to Chicago, they are at the L at La Salle-Van Buren station


They end up at the Page family house at 230 Oxford Road in Kenelworth, north of Chicago.

Taxi scene was filmed at Madison Ohio.

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Neal’s (Steve M) house built from scratch. 7 rooms, 5months to complete. Cost 100k.


Hughes shot over 600k feet of film. 2x the average. The 3 hour version of the fmily exists in the Paramount Vault.


John Hughes had an actual flight from NY to Chicago that was diverted to Wichita, KS and it took him 5 days to get home.


In the search for snow for many scenes, they travelled form the Midwest to the East Coast. Which apparently was a hellish experience.

Kevin Bacon had a cameo in this movie and John Candy had a cameo in She’s Having a Baby.

Night scenes on the highway were filmed in Central California and they used fake snow.

The rural train station is the same station in the Natural, in South Dayton NY.

When the rental car burn, the sign visible behind them says Chicago 106 miles. This is a nod to Blues Brothers.

I’m not sure if this is true, but it is weird. Del was supposed to be a bungling vampire trying to get Neal to invite him home. But Hughes liked the chemistry between Candy and Martin he removed the fampire aspect. Again, not sure if true…but weird.

The content of Del’s trunk is a pillow and a picture of his wife.

Del is reading Canadian Mounted at the airport. The joke is he is playing a Canadian playing an American.

This is on Roger Ebert’s Great Movie list.

BET

Year of first thanksgiving, the one with the pilgrims…. closest year
1621

What year did it become a national holiday?
1863

Too much turkey was the reason Swanson came up with TV dinners. What year was that?
1953

What year was the first time a POTUS pardoned a turkey?
1947, Truman.

What year did the First Macy’s Parade begin?
1924

What year did the NFL start playing on Thanksgiving?
1920. It was the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys.

How fast can wild turkeys run?
20 mph when scared

Heaviest turkey on record in Guinness Book of Records?
86lbs

Rotten Tomatoes:

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles 1987 92%

John Candy
National Lampoon’s Vacation 1993 93%
Splash 1984 92%
Uncle Buck 1989 61%

Steve Martin
The Jerk 1979 84%
LA Story 1991 94%
Little Shop of Horrors 90%

Edie McClurg
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off 1986 81%
Back to School 1986 84%
Carrie 1976 93%

Trading Places 1983 86%

You’ve Got Mail 1998 69%







Final Grade of A-F

Chad's Grade: A
Brian's Grade: A
Karina's Grade: B+