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.
Introductions of people, brian
Origins and Tidbits
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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.
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.
Year of first thanksgiving, the one
with the pilgrims…. closest year
What year did it become a national holiday?
Too much turkey was the reason Swanson came up with TV dinners. What year was that?
What year was the first time a POTUS pardoned a turkey?
What year did the First Macy’s Parade begin?
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?
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles 1987
National Lampoon’s Vacation 1993 93%
Splash 1984 92%
Uncle Buck 1989 61%
Trading Places 1983 86%
You’ve Got Mail 1998 69%