Saturday, April 11, 2015

J is for John Hughes

This month I'm participating in the A to Z Challenge. My theme is the 80s. Today's letter is:



A few movies have become icons of the 80s. Films like...


And...


And...


And...



These movies have one man in common. This man...


...wrote (and, in some cases, directed/produced) all of them. In fact, John Hughes is behind almost every great 80s movie there is. National Lampoon's Vacation, Weird Science, Mr. Mom... The list goes on.


Hughes began his career selling jokes to comedians like Rodney Dangerfield and Joan Rivers. While working as an advertising copywriter in Chicago, he began hanging out at the National Lampoon magazine offices. He wrote a story called Vacation '58, which landed him a writing position at the magazine. Vacation '58 would later become the basis for this movie:


And the rest is history.

Sadly, Hughes died of a heart attack in 2009. But his films will live on for generations.


I leave you with this trailer recut of Ferris Bueller's Day Off that turns the movie into a tearjerker. There are also recuts that turn Pretty in Pink and Home Alone into horror movies. 

74 comments:

  1. I can only assume I spent the 80s buried under a rock - or temporarily dead. I have heard of all of these movies, and not seen any of them. Heard of John Hughes, and knew less than nothing about him.

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    1. At least you knew of them! I saw them all, although many of them I saw on VHS.

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  2. Home Alone was a horror film.
    He knew how to capture the 80's teenager, that's for sure.

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    1. I think many of them were inspired by his own adolescence, which shows how universal many of the themes are.

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  3. I don't remember John Hughes or remember seeing the first 4 movies you show the posters of but the others I remember. I must have been too busy then too.

    I learn more from all the info you post here.

    Have a Joyful day.
    Hugs,
    JB

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    1. Glad to teach! I think many of the ones in the posters were of more interest to teens. I can't tell you much about the teen movies today (or even 10 years ago). Once you're a grown-up, you don't care so much about those!

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  4. Well....I'm not a movie person at all, but I've seen every single one of the movies you've mentioned, multiple times!!! They are some of my favorite movies of all time. I thought Hughes was a genius to capture that era and the way we were as teens and young adults. I was so sad when he died at such a young age.

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    1. I know! He was only 59 and he seemed to have led a pretty clean life, but you just never know.

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  5. Haven't seen any of those, 80's for me are WORKING GIRL, BACK TO THE FUTURE, GREMLINS, ROMANCING THE STONE franchise....

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  6. I LOVE all of those movies. They were such a big part of my teenage life. John grew up in MI and Illinois. He moved to a suburb of Chicago and attended Glenbrook North High School--the setting for The Breakfast Club!! So many of his movies were set in or near Chitown:)

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    1. Chicago natives always capture the flavor of the town in their movies and books, I've noticed.

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  7. I spent the 80s in Africa, so it's interesting to see all these cultural things I haven't yet caught up on. I'm really enjoying your theme!

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    1. You missed the fun years! I guess these years are fun, too--it seemed movies, TV, and music were just so much more fun back then. (Everyone probably feels that way about their youth, though.)

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  8. Have heard of a few of John Hughes' Movies. But not seen them :(

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    1. You should have a movie marathon!

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  9. Really enjoying this trawl through the past.

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  10. Hughes made such great movies indeed. The 80's were filled with fun movies. He could always capture teenage life

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    1. I think some people just connect well with the angst and uncertainty that happens during that part of a person's life.

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  11. John Hughes was the man. He was so cutting edge with the movies he made paved the way for so many today, sadly without too many people even realizing it. He also made the old Brat Pack rich and famous!

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    1. Judd Apatow admits to being VERY inspired by him. I was reading this morning, interestingly, that John Hughes was deeply affected by John Candy's death. I believe it was Vince Vaughn (who was a good friend of his) that said that if it wasn't for Candy's death, John Hughes would have kept making movies.

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  12. Ferris Bueller's Day Off was a fun movie. I've not seen the others, but remember I'm way older than you.

    Have a fabulous day. :)

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    1. I think Sixteen Candles is a great movie no matter what age.I'm not so sure I feel that way about Pretty in Pink. You might like The Breakfast Club, too...I think there's just something fascinating about the way The Breakfast Club captures how people interact, high school or otherwise.

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  13. That man's films are just awesome. The Breakfast Club is my fav with Ferris coming in a close second. Now I want to go and watch them all again!
    Tasha
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

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    1. They need to air a John Hughes marathon. I don't remember seeing them anywhere recently.

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  14. definitely defined the movies of that decade. loved the recut ferris. :)

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    1. The best recut trailer is the one for The Shining. Look it up on YouTube if you get a chance. They turn it into a feel-good movie about a father reconnecting with his son!

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  15. Michael Keaton in Mr. Mom was the best role ever! I loved the scene where the kid comes in and says, "Dad, the cheese on my sandwich isn't melted" and dad takes the grilled cheese sandwich, puts it on the ironing board and smashing it with the iron while steam spills out all over it. :)

    There is nothing more nostalgic than sitting down and watching nothing but 80s movies.

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    1. Michael Keaton was an amazing talent. Still is. His range is incredible.

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  16. The 80s would have been totally different without John Hughes. By different, I mean WORSE.

    I loved these films; wish there were more like them.

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    1. I agree! I think he probably was well aware of the lasting impact he'd made before he died.

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  17. I loved those big hair days! My daughters roll their eyes at me but they have to admit the movies were great! (they are both early twenty-somethings)

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    1. They just don't know all the fun they missed! On another note, our first name is DEFINITELY an 80s thing. In about 50 years, Stephanie will be obsolete as a first name. Unless it has a comeback.

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  18. A real blast from the past. How sad he's not here to give us a glimpse of today's youth for future times.

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    1. He actually stopped working after John Candy died. He was devastated. So he didn't even capture youth of the 90s and 00s. I wonder what would have happened if Candy hadn't died. He'd already moved on to movies like Home Alone, though. He may have done all the stories he had to share about adolescence in the 80s.

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  19. He was not very old when he died. I did see a lot of these movies. Imagine what more might have been if he lived longer.

    Betty

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    1. Well, he stopped working long before that... I wish he would have made more movies before retiring.

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  20. The 80's wouldn't have been the same without John Hughes. J is for Jake from 16 Candles. *swoons* I had the hugest crush on him as a teenager. I love all those movies.

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    1. I thought he was pretty cute when I saw it! He left the film industry soon after. He had no interest in all of that.

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  21. OK brilliant whoever knew how to cut and slice a film to make it sound like a tearjerker-hilarious! John Hughes was a great film maker and I think my favourite is Trains, Planes and Automobiles

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    1. Those trailer recuts are amazing. There are a bunch of them out there--but unfortunately, some amateurs have started putting their own out there, so it's hard to find the good ones. The Shining trailer recut is one of the most popular of all of them.

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  22. OMG Stephanie, that trailer was awesome! My favorite movies back in the day were Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Breakfast Club, in that order. I can't count how many times I've seen Ferris! I love your posts for this challenge! LOVE!! Gawd, the memories! Hugs, my Live Wire buddy! Eva

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    1. Hugs right back at ya! I can't tell you how many times people made the stupid Ferris Bueller joke after the movie. "Stephanie Faris? Are you related to Ferris Bueller?" REAL intelligent, huh?

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  23. I love Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, and Pretty in Pink. Those movies are such classics. Now I want to have an 80's movie marathon. ;)

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  24. I remember seeing the ads for Sixteen Candles on MTV, but being too young to go and see it. Then someone had it at their slumber party. I can't tell you how many times we watched those last 10 (5?) minutes.

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    1. I remember being at a drive-in with my dad and stepmom and Sixteen Candles was playing on the screen on the other side. We couldn't hear it, but occasionally I'd look over and see what was on the screen...and I remember thinking I would rather be seeing that movie than the one we were seeing!

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  25. John Hughes was the man! There will never be another one like him.

    Still love those movies. Don't forget Some Kind of Wonderful. ;)

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    1. Many try to be like him but most fail!

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  26. Four of my kids grew up in the 80's and they loved all of these movies and John Hughes. My husband and I still enjoy watching his movies.

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  27. Great movies. Haven't thought about them in ages. Thanks for the memories.

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  28. I saw The Breakfast Club somewhere in the mid-2000s, I could't believe how good it was.

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  29. I loved all his 80's movies up to (and including) Plane, Trains and Automobiles which never seemed to be from the same person. Even though the characters in his 80s movies were younger than I was, I could relate to them. (I was the exact generation of St. Elmo's Fire).

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  30. I didn't know the same man wrote all those movies.

    Sunni
    http://sunni-survivinglife.blogspot.com/

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  31. I don't know much about these movies. I was so busy raising kids and going to nursing school in the 80's! Good theme for the A to Z Challenge

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  32. Face it- John pretty much owned the 80's. He's one for the history books, without question.

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  33. That man is responsible for a lot of my childhood viewing, but when the movies came on TV, I never got to see any of them in the cinema. Breakfast Club is one of my go-to movies when I wanna watch something a bit silly and a bit sad and just fantastic :)
    Sophie
    Sophie's Thoughts & Fumbles
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    Wittegen Press

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  34. I haven't seen Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles, or Ferris Bueller's Day Off, but I definitely know The Breakfast Club (and of course have heard of the others). They're classics, though, so I definitely need to prioritize a movie day at some point.

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  35. I love Ferris Bueller's Day Off! Wasn't he behind Hairspray as well? He certainly made a large amount of films.

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  36. Those were classics that we still watch when they appear. Ferris Bueller was the best.

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  37. Hughes was amazing wasn't he, enviably creative.

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  38. Those are all great films. I recently saw Andrew MacCartney (Not sure of the spelling) in something and wondered where he has been hiding out. I used to love him.

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  39. I love 16 Candles! That is one of my favorite movies to watch with my girlfriends when we have a girls night! Long Duck Dong is my favorite character as well as Jake Ryan, talk about old school hunk!

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  40. He made some of the best films of our generation. This was a nice tribute to him. Keep up the great work and happy A to Z! :)

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  41. I had no idea he was involved in all of those movies. Pretty in Pink is one of my all time favorites, but I loved a lot of those others - Weird Science, Family Vacation, wow!

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  42. he's a genius...such incredible movies. Pretty in Pink is one of my favs :) the scene with Ducky performing the Otis Redding song--classic!

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  43. I had no idea John Hughes was so big. The only one of his films I've seen is Ferris Bueller. That trailer is amazing, I'm very impressed :)

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  44. My oldest grew up with these movies... I loved many of them... 'Sixteen Candles' being one of my faves ;-)

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  45. Sigh, I LOVE John Hughes movies. They are so fantastic. That man was a legend! Thanks for the walk down memory lane!

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  46. Ferris was my favorite of all of these. It holds up so well too. I still love it. :)

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  47. Wonderful movies! 16 Candles will always be my favorite!

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