Planes, Trains & Automobiles

Visible crew/equipment: When Steve Martin and Kevin Bacon start racing towards the cab, as Bacon starts running, watch carefully as he passes the second window. You can see the camera man sitting on some moving trolley reflected in the window. (00:03:10)

Mortug

Visible crew/equipment: When Del is trying to negotiate for a room at the El Rancho motel, part of the boom mic pole enters in the upper right corner of the frame (matted widescreen version of the film, not just the open matte 4:3 version). (01:09:05)

Floyd1977

Visible crew/equipment: When Neil is looking for the car he hired in the car park, there is a tracking shot from Neil's POV moving along the backs of the cars. On the car in space V-2 you see the reflection of the camera on the dolly and some crew members moving.

Jack Vaughan

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Visible crew/equipment: When Neil exits from the airport just after the employer told him "You are f***ed", some onlookers and a crew member moving the camera on the dolly track can be seen reflected on the glass of the entrance from which Neil comes out.

Continuity mistake: When John Candy and Steve Martin are travelling from Jefferson City, Missouri to St. Louis they are seen crossing the Mississippi River to enter downtown St. Louis. This would not have been possible unless the bus driver overshot the entire city and ended up across the river in Illinois.

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Suggested correction: I agree with the original post, however There could be several possibilities to this scenario. 1. Road Closures, 2. Road Construction, 3. Accidents, 4. Detours and 5. Heavy "holiday traffic" could have factored into the bus having to enter St. Louis from the east in spite of traveling west from Kansas.

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State Trooper: What the hell are you driving here?
Del: We had a small fire last night, but we caught it in the nick of time.
State Trooper: Do you have any idea how fast you were going?
Del: Funny enough, I was just talking to my friend about that. Our speedometer has melted and as a result it's very hard to see with any degree of accuracy exactly how fast we were going.

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Trivia: In the scene after the plane lands in Wichita, Kansas, when the announcer comes over the loudspeaker look at the destination on the flight info display. It says "nowhere".

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Question: This question is about the scene where John Candy is the driver, and Steve Martin is the passenger in the rented car. Steve is unaware at one point, that they are going the wrong way on the highway. He becomes aware, after looking out the window and down onto the shoulder of the road with the wet snow splashing up. As soon as he looks at that, he knows they are going the wrong way. What was it about the road that made him realize it?

Answer: The reason was that the snowbank was on his side (the passenger side) when it should have been on the driver's side if they were driving in the right direction. Also and I'm not sure if you could see this in the film but the deflecters on the road which separate the lanes if you are going in the right direction shine yellow and if you are going the wrong way shine red.

Tobin OReilly

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