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John Hughes Was The King Of The 80s

There was recently a thread on twitter where people were summing up the 80s in 5 words.

One person tweeted: John Hughes was the King and we couldn’t agree more.

When you think of the 80s you think of the iconic movies Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club. All these came from the legend that is John Hughes.

SIXTEEN CANDLES, Molly Ringwald, Director John Hughes, Mark Schoeffling, 1984. (c)Universal Pictures.

One of the 1980s’ most influential film genres simply carries his name: the John Hughes movie.

“I stumbled into this business, I didn’t train for it. I yelled “Action!” on my first two movies before the camera was turned on.”

This man was the writer and often director too was responsible for some of the most fondly remembered comedies of the 1980s. He passed away in 2009 but his movies will live on.

Throughout his movies you’ll always see certain things: Evil, kid hating teachers. Quirky friendships. The best soundtracks! Terrible siblings. Usually in Chicago. Smoking and oblivious parents.

Let’s go through some of his most iconic movies.

1983 National Lampoon’s Vacation

Written by Hughes. The Griswold family’s cross-country drive to the Walley World theme park proves to be much more arduous than they ever anticipated.

1984 Sixteen Candles

Written and directed by Hughes. A young girl’s “sweet sixteenth” birthday becomes anything but special as she suffers from every embarrassment possible.

1985 The Breakfast Club

Written, directed and produced by Hughes. In this 1980s Brat Pack film, the athlete, the brain, the criminal, the princess and the basket case break through the social barriers of high school during Saturday detention. The disparate group clashes at first but begin to bond as they reveal their feelings and find a common enemy in their bully principal.

1985 Weird Science

Written by Hughes. Two unpopular teenagers, Gary and Wyatt, fail at all attempts to be accepted by their peers. Their desperation to be liked leads them to “create” a woman via their computer. Their living and breathing creation is a gorgeous woman, Lisa, whose purpose is to boost their confidence level by putting them into situations which require Gary and Wyatt to act like men.

1986 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Written, directed and produced by Hughes. A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite what the principal thinks of that.

“When I did Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986), I had the idea on Monday and the following Tuesday it was in budget at Paramount. I couldn’t walk.”

1986 Pretty in Pink

Written, directed and produced by Hughes. A poor girl must choose between the affections of her doting childhood sweetheart and a rich but sensitive playboy.

1987 Planes, Trains & Automobiles

Written, directed and produced by Hughes. Steve Martin and John Candy star in John Hughes’ classic tale of holiday travel gone awry. Neal Page (Martin) is an uptight advertising executive trying to get home to Chicago for Thanksgiving

1987 Some Kind of Wonderful

A highschool girl has a crush on her male friend, who only has eyes for another girl from a rich family.

1989 Uncle Buck

Written, directed and produced by Hughes. Uncle Buck has a reputation for being unreliable and a bit of a house wrecker. It is therefore with reluctance, his sister-in-law agrees to leave Buck looking after the kids (two harmless youngsters and a rebelious teenager) when she visits her sick father.

1990 Home Alone

Written and produced by Hughes. When bratty 8-year-old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) acts out the night before a family trip to Paris, his mother (Catherine O’Hara) makes him sleep in the attic. After the McCallisters mistakenly leave for the airport without Kevin, he awakens to an empty house and assumes his wish to have no family has come true. But his excitement sours when he realizes that two con men (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern) plan to rob the McCallister residence, and that he alone must protect the family home.



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