R.I.P. John Hughes

Posted by · 3:51 pm · August 6th, 2009

Stolen from us, a true staple of the 1980s cinema, “Mr. Mom,” “Sixteen Candles,” “Pretty in Pink,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “Weird Science,” “Planes, Trains and Automobiles,” “Home Alone,” the great “Christmas Vacation” and, of course, a personal favorite I’ll defend to the ends of the earth,” “The Breakfast Club.”  Dead at 59 from a sudden heart attack.

Saturday, March 24,1984. Shermer High School, Shermer, Illinois, 60062. Dear Mr. Vernon, We accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. What we did was wrong. But we think you’re crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. What do you care? You see us as you want to see us – in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. You see us as a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal. Correct? That’s the way we saw each other at 7:00 this morning. We were brainwashed.

Hughes got an entire generation.  That’s an artistic commodity, no matter how you slice it.  He will be missed.

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  • 1 8-06-2009 at 4:08 pm

    James D. said...

    I just checked his wiki yesterday to see if he was dead. Weird.

  • 2 8-06-2009 at 4:09 pm

    geha714 said...

    This is just sad. He will be missed.

  • 3 8-06-2009 at 4:22 pm

    Lance said...

    “Sixteen Candles” is the greatest teen comedy of all time!

  • 4 8-06-2009 at 4:24 pm

    Chad Hartigan said...

    Can’t deny him his place in film history but I’ll argue that The Breakfast Club is not good any day of the week.

    Planes, Trains and Automobiles is where it’s at!

  • 5 8-06-2009 at 4:29 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Chad: Meet me at a bar one night, Braveheart. We’ll discuss.

  • 6 8-06-2009 at 5:17 pm

    Ligaya said...

    I love John Hughes films, especially Planes, Ferris Bueller & Breakfast Club. Yes, he did get an entire generation – the white kids, anyway.

  • 7 8-06-2009 at 8:09 pm

    N8 said...

    Had to rewatch “Breakfast Club” tonight. That final shot feels more powerful to me now than it ever did, especially with those lyrics: “…don’t you forget about me…”

  • 8 8-06-2009 at 10:04 pm

    Zac said...

    My favorite of his will always be Ferris Bueller’s Day Off with Planes, Trains and Automobiles a close second.

    I’m glad to see that a critic actually likes Christmas Vacation and doesn’t relegate to the it’s so bad, it’s good or guilty pleasure section to justify it.

    R.I.P. Mr. Hughes. You’ll be missed.

  • 9 8-07-2009 at 10:08 am

    Chris138 said...

    Very sad indeed. RIP.