The bit doesn’t age incredibly well -- I do love how Martin says “runway” -- but it’s still funny. More important, though, it’s cathartic. Anyone who has ever spent time dealing with a hatefully chipper representative of a large corporation understands the burning rage and cosmic futility Neal feels at the end of that exchange. Yet again, he’s being a dick to a nice person, we’re enjoying it, and in the end, we’re all punished.
*There are actually 18 "fuckings" in the movie; there were 23 in the script.
19. John Candy, RIP
“One night a few years after Planes, Trains and Automobiles was released, I came upon John Candy sitting all by himself in a hotel bar in New York, smoking and drinking, and we talked for a while. We were going to be on the same TV show the next day. He was depressed. People loved him, but he didn't seem to know that, or it wasn't enough. He was a sweet guy and nobody had a word to say against him, but he was down on himself. All he wanted to do was make people laugh, but sometimes he tried too hard, and he hated himself for doing that in some of his movies. I thought of Del. There is so much truth in the role that it transforms the whole movie. Hughes knew it … and Steve Martin knew it, and played straight to it.” -- Roger Ebert, November 12, 2000