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20 Reasons Why John Hughes Rocked The 80s
The legends that will live on

John Hughes died aged 59 of a heart attack while out walking in New York yesterday, leaving a generation of film fans feeling bereft. Sure, he had largely retired from Hollywood more than a decade ago, but he left a body of work that made us laugh the whole way through the '80s and into the 1990s, and characters who live on in our hearts today. For those of you who aren't familiar with his work (for shame!), here's an introduction; for everyone else consider this our tribute - or Danke Schoen, if you will - to the man who almost single-handedly invented the iconic teen movie.

WORDS JAMES DYER, HELEN O'HARA

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His Services To Gingers
Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club

Hughes' first two films as director - Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club - starred Molly Ringwald, making her forever synonymous with the '80s (to her later dismay). Quirky looking and gifted with an impenetrable mass of ginger locks, she wasn't the cookie cutter lead but Hughes made her a star, earning the respect and love of carrot tops the world over. In Hughes' world the gawky ginger girl could bag the guy and you've got to love him for it.

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1 "They f***ing forgot my birthday!"
Posted on Wednesday August 12, 2009, 20:07 by janiac83
The term legend is thrown around far too often these days, but John Hughes deserves that accolade for bringing us some of the best teen flicks and comedies of the 80s/90s and discovering a wealth of acting talent along the way. 16 candles (and kudos for featuring brief appearances from John and Joan Cusack) and Weird Science are probably my favourites, but the amount of classics the man has penned and or helmed is enough to make any modern film-maker/script writer jealous for the huge cult status that Hughes' films have attracted. Farewell John Hughes, you have been and will continue to be sorely missed from the cinematic world. Read More

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Posted on Tuesday August 11, 2009, 16:52 by JimmyThe Saint
It is funny when somebody in the film or media dies. It affects you even though you didnt know them, but you still feel sorry. I felt it when John Candy and Christopher Reeve died. It was like losing a family member. I grew up on John Hughes movies and they are closely associated with my own memories. When I was in high school, when I first fell in love, they were reflected in his movies. And I am sure I am not alone. This has been a very sad time in movies. Hollywood has been rocked by tragedies such as John Travoltas poor son, the terrible accident that befall the beautiful Natasha Richradson and now one of the premiere directors of the 1980s John Hughes. It just goes to shows. It is a sad truth. You can be famous and successful and work in films. But it is nothing compared to the twists of fate that God and life can throw at you. Read More

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Posted on Tuesday August 11, 2009, 16:51 by JimmyThe Saint
It is funny when somebody in the film or media dies. It affects you even though you didnt know them, but you still feel sorry. I felt it when John Candy and Christopher Reeve died. It was like losing a family member. I grew up on John Hughes movies and they are closely associated with my own memories. When I was in high school, when I first fell in love, they were reflected in his movies. And I am sure I am not alone. This has been a very sad time in movies. Hollywood has been rocked by tragedies such as John Travoltas poor son, the terrible accident that befall the beautiful Natasha Richradson and now one of the premiere directors of the 1980s Hogn Hughes. It just goes to shows. It is a sad truth. You can be famous and successful and work in films. But it is nothing compared to the twists of fate that God and life can throw at you. Read More

4 RE: Too late
Posted on Sunday August 9, 2009, 16:58 by Padman_UK
L: Pelle If only he had kicked the bucket after Planes, Trains & Automobiles and before Home Alone... disagree. As I've written on another thread, being born in the late 80s, Home Alone 1&2 were absolute wish-fulfillment classics of my youth. I became more familiar with Hughes' earlier work as I grew up and they are undoubtedly great films, but to say Home Alone never should have been written because it somehow doesn't measure up is hardly a fair conclusion - aimed at a different, younger audience for a start. And isn't titling your post "too late" on the topic of a man who died at 59 a little bit insensitive? L: elzupasmonkey ...was having Molly Ringwald give Ally Sheedy a makeover. She was gorgeous before la Ringwald laid a finger on her. I agree! I remember watching the Breakfast Club and thinking "she looked better before!". Read More

5 that article in the link...
Posted on Sunday August 9, 2009, 13:25 by uheiberg
was amazing. it really made me cry. Read More

6 RE: Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Posted on Sunday August 9, 2009, 11:38 by TheSpleen
Not only a fantastic storyteller people seem to overlook what great performances he got out of these kids he hired.  To this day i think Alan Ruck put in one of the finest performances of the 80's, not to mention the enire cast of the breakfast club i mean did any of them better what they did in that flick later in there careers? RIP Read More

7 RE: Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Posted on Saturday August 8, 2009, 22:53 by elzupasmonkey
Slash film cast have pointed us in the direction of a 45 min interview that Hughes did back in '85.   Part 1:   www.afi.com/media/AFI_JohnHughesPart1.mp3p; Part 2:   www.afi.com/media/AFI_JohnHughesPart2.mp3p; Listening to it just now. Comes over as a very down to earth, humble guy. Very modest about his abilities. Read More

8 Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Posted on Saturday August 8, 2009, 21:10 by Lizzie Lemon
My brother and I, not ones for sentimentality, after any form of physical demonstrations of affection...hugs etc shout at each other...'those aren't pillows' and comment on the latest sporting event. I think my teenage life was a better place thanks to John Hughes' vision. Read More

9 Bueller, Bueller, Bueller
Posted on Friday August 7, 2009, 23:05 by Our Sully
Not a day goes by where I don't quote one of his movies. Rest in peace John Hughes and thank you. Read More

10 Too late
Posted on Friday August 7, 2009, 21:40 by Pelle
If only he had kicked the bucket after Planes, Trains & Automobiles and before Home Alone... Read More

11 so sad
Posted on Friday August 7, 2009, 21:19 by garfield
John Hughes films defined my adolescence... always wanted to be bender, but in truth I was more like Brian.... RIP John... Read More

12 The one thing he got wrong...
Posted on Friday August 7, 2009, 19:44 by elzupasmonkey
...was having Molly Ringwald give Ally Sheedy a makeover. She was gorgeous before la Ringwald laid a finger on her. Read More

13 Never Forgotten...
Posted on Friday August 7, 2009, 19:38 by Banks
I was a child of the eighties. I had a polka-dot sweater dress with matching legwarmers. I had a ra-ra skirt. I had gladiator sandals (the first time around, and F.Y.I. - they're as fugly now as they were then). I had a shaggy permed mullet which made me look not unlike the Dulux dog, only beiger. Thankfully I also had John Hughes. Let's face it, he was one of the ridiculously few good things to come out of the eighties. Now I have a fourteen year-old niece who has recently discovered the joy that is 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' and though the clothes may have changed (and let's all pray they don't come back) the teenagers inside them remain the same and that is why John Hughes will live on forever in the hearts of those who love him already and those who are about to love him. May he rest in comedy Heaven. Read More

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Posted on Friday August 7, 2009, 16:41 by lona_no_friends
"You can start by wiping that fucking dumb-ass smile off your rosey, fucking, cheeks! Then you can give me a fucking automobile: a fucking Datsun, a fucking Toyota, a fucking Mustang, a fucking Buick! Four fucking wheels and a seat!" RIP Mr Hughes Read More

15 R.I.P.
Posted on Friday August 7, 2009, 15:25 by John_Connor
We've all gotta go at some point. The most important thing, however, is to leave a jar of 'gold dust' behind. That's exactly what Mr. Hughes has done. Read More

16 Great feature, but one small point...
Posted on Friday August 7, 2009, 15:03 by Withnail
I'm a huge Hughes fan (Ferris remains on my top ten list to this day), but I'm obliged to contest one small point: #18..."Hughes was arguably the first writer to get to grips with how it feels to be a teen" Yes, that certainly is arguable, but I'll never, ever let a chance go by to bang the drum for Breaking Away. Steve Tesich's brilliant, Oscar-winning screenplay from 1979 is pretty much the only one I'll take over any of Hughes' contributions. In fact, I'd love to know if/how much of an inspiration Peter Yates' film was on the young JH... Read More

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Posted on Friday August 7, 2009, 14:51 by MovieAddict247
As someone born in the 90s, I watched all of his films in the 2000s, and hoped he would make a comeback. The Breakfast Club was one of the films which changed my life - no other film has understood teenagers that well, and Judd Nelson.....Duckie dancing to Otis Redding always makes me smile. But my all time favourite scene from any John Hughes film is in Ferris Bueller - when they are in the art gallery and a cover of Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want starts playing is such an incredible scene. My thoughts and condolances to his family. Read More

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Posted on Friday August 7, 2009, 14:33 by Andybee76
Shit I never knew this till just now!!! Oh man I was hoping he would make a comeback!!! I grew up with films like Ferris Bueller, Weird Science, The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Planes, Trains and Automobiles!!! I am well upset!!! "Life moves pretty fast, if you don't stop and look around once in while, you might miss it!" Read More

19 One of his best lines...
Posted on Friday August 7, 2009, 14:29 by vedder33
... and one I never tire of quoting: When Clarke W. Griswold brings home his ginourmas Christmas tree under the watchful eye of his yuppie neighbour and wife: Neighbour: "Where do think you're gonna put a tree that big, Griswold?" Clarke: "Bend over and I'll show you!" Pure class. RIP Read More

20 So very sad.....
Posted on Friday August 7, 2009, 14:20 by richm_drevil
59 is no age these days. Fav moment out all of them has gotta be during the drive down the wrong way of the expressway in Planes, Trains........ Turning to skeletons ........ John C literally becoming the devil. Priceless. Read More


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