Planes, Trains And Automobiles (1987): John Candy Drives In The Wrong Direction Along The Highway

(Warning: Some strong language)

In the following 5-minute clip, taken from John Hughes’ 1987 comedy film Planes, Trains and Automobiles, one calamitous man’s (John Candy) otherwise simple task of driving a car is scuppered when he attempts to remove his coat while the car is still in motion, the result of which sees both sleeves of his coat becoming entangled with the car seat. He begins to panic and, ultimately, drives in the wrong direction along the highway. 

Considered a departure from John Hughes’ repertoire of teen angst films of the 1980s, Planes, Trains and Automobiles is a film which combines slapstick tomfoolery, a strait-laced, repeatedly agitated Steve Martin, and an affable, compassionate John Candy, producing a work of comedy gold which is seen by many to be John Candy’s career-best performance.

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