Okay, tonight was nuts at work and I didn’t get out until after two in the morning. I just took a cab home and I think I’ll have a few thousand beers and sleep in tomorrow. So I’m putting the post up right away, before I pass out in a drunken stupor go to sleep. For tonight’s post I thought I’d post some video clips of one of my favorite holiday movies, “Planes, Trains and Automobiles.” I think it’s one of the funniest movies ever and a highlight of both Steve Martin’s and John Candy’s acting careers.
The only thing I don’t like is the happy, sappy Hollywood ending. I’ve always thought a better ending would’ve been after Del tell’s Neal that his wife has died years ago, Neal gets so upset that he flips out and goes home and brutally and violently murders his wife and children, throws the Thanksgiving Day turkey out the front picture window and then he sets his own house on fire.
As he watches his house burn down, Neal laughs maniacally and says, “Happy Thanksgiving...assholes!”
The last scene would be Neal going back to the train station and Del is still sitting there with his trunk. Del looks shocked to see him returning.
“Del, I brought the turkey to you, this year,” Neal tells him while pulling a giant bottle of Wild Turkey out of a shopping bag. They both laugh and the bottle is opened.
“I’ve never been a big fan of Thanksgiving,” Del says while taking a long pull off of the bottle.
“Me, either,” Neal counters while grabbing the bottle and taking a hefty swig.
“What say, after we finish this, we go hit some bars on Rush Street and pick up some lonely Thanksgiving Day skanks,” Del says with a smile coloring his face.
“I think this is going to be one hell of a holiday season!” Neal laughingly replies back.
As they’re leaving the train station, they both say in unison, “Those aren’t pillows!” They laugh and the credits roll. Closing song over credits is, “Hit The Road, Jack,” by Ray Charles.
Could’ve been an Oscar contender with that ending, but what are you going to do? Here’s some clips from YouTube. See you tomorrow after dark.
Hit the road, Jack,
And don’t you come back no more.
(Surprise link, click on it...I dare you!)
Bonus Linkage To The Craft Fair This Sunday At d.b.a!
If you live in or around New York, you should check out the Holiday Hand-Made Gifts and Crafts Fair that CBBM documentarian, Spike and his wife put together at d.b.a. every year. EV Grieve has the details, check it out here: 7th annual d.b.a. holiday fair (part 2)
Bonus Card Board Box Man Shot!
And speaking of CBBM’s, look what was staring at me just a block away from where I live. The mutations are growing more varied every day and sightings are becoming alarmingly frequent. Enjoy your freedom while you can, as we will all soon be enslaved by them. Aaaaahhh!