What if the great Chicago blizzard of 1987 had never hit?

Thanksgiving arrives next week and with Thanksgiving comes one of the greatest movies of all time. No, not Thankskilling (good guess though). Of course, I am referring to the Steve Martin and John Candy magnum opus Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. It just isn’t Thanksgiving until this movie is shown in our home.

But let us stop for a minute and think… What if there was no snowstorm that year, and Neal Page made it home without any problems, and never even crossed paths with Del Griffith, except for that time when Del stole his cab?

The world would certainly have been a whole lot less funny. For example, Neal and Del would never have spooned each other in that roadside motel and waxed poetic about the Bears’ chances to go to the Super bowl that year…

We would never have met Gus’ son, Owen, and his lovely wife. She’s short and skinny, but she’s strong…

And we would never have had the words “You’re going the wrong way!” lodged so firmly in our lexicon…

Planes, Trains, & Automobiles is truly one of the greatest holiday movies ever made. Neal page and Del Griffith are always welcome at our family’s Thanksgiving celebration, blizzard or not.


league of extraordinary bloggersThis week, the League was asked to write a “What if…?” post about a movie or TV show. Some great responses have already started to roll in with topics such as Karate Kid, Star Wars, The Gremlins, Aliens, and more!


  1. says

    I remember when I was a little child, I accidentally watched a part of the movie where the two guys were in the same bed and one said to the other:
    – ¿Dónde está tu otra mano? (where’s your other hand?)
    – Entre las dos almohadas (Between the two pillows)
    – ¡¡¡Esas no son almohadas!!!! (Those aren’t pillows!!!!)

    I was like 7-9 years old and I found it funny 😀

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