August 6th, 2009
05:40 PM ET

Mourning the man behind 'The Breakfast Club'

If Michael Jackson was central to the soundtrack of the '80s, John Hughes was the decade's teen movie master.

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That decade was high school and college for my generation, and there wasn't anyone whose movies we quoted more to each other than Hughes'.  He tapped into our feelings and fears with humor and heart, knew how we talked and related to each other (or didn't), and portrayed us as smart and sensitive, even when we screwed up.

To me, The Breakfast Club was his best work, as he gave souls to stereotypes, but that entire decade was an amazing run.  Just look at some of the films he wrote, produced, and/or directed over a five-year period:

  • 1983: Mr. Mom, Vacation
  • 1984: Sixteen Candles
  • 1985: The Breakfast Club, European Vacation, Weird Science
  • 1986: Pretty In Pink, Ferris Bueller's Day Off
  • 1987: Some Kind of Wonderful

Hughes had many more credits, of course, including writing Home Alone and Planes, Trains & Automobiles, but say his name to anyone from that generation, and it's the Brat Pack films and their characters that will fill the conversation: Bender and Claire, Andie and Duckie, Gary and Wyatt, and "Save Ferris!"  More than 20 years later, those films still delight me and resonate with me, and I'm looking forward to sharing them with my own child someday.

What are your favorite moments and memories from John Hughes movies?

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    April 30, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  2. Richard Reiss Jr

    The man was genius in his segment of films. I really mean this because his movies struck a chord with the 80's teens and all our emotion's... I was lucky enough to be an extra with my high lifted 4×4 Dodge when they were filming at the famous "Superdog" hot dog stand on Milwaukee and Devon in Chicago's northwest end. Even though I was paid for my small part of sitting in the lot with my friends eating hot dogs (would have done it for free) our part never made it to the theaters, only the tray attached to the car window was left. I have not checked the DVD version for extras yet but now I will when I share these wonderful movies with my 13 year old daughter and my 10 year old son. God Bless him and may he rest in peace...

    August 14, 2009 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jayamadhava

    John Hughes
    was a rare talent
    One in a Million
    Watch his films and See the Quality
    Humanity and Heart of His Comedy Films and Stories
    No one can meet up to His Great Heart and soul,he put
    in his films They are Funny without being CHEAP=Vulgar
    Thoughtful and Insightful and funny as ALL HELL !!!!
    Many of TODAYS Comedies sadly-Lack such-Quality
    Film makers learn from- John Hughes
    Thank You -John Hughes !!!! R I P God Bless your soul
    Love from- your fans

    August 8, 2009 at 3:34 am | Report abuse |
  4. Blaine

    5. Kevin McCallister
    4. Jack Butler
    3. Clark Griswold
    2. Uncle Buck Russell
    1. Ferris Bueller

    Five of the best reasons to love John Hughes characters. He made them all real to us. In every character John created, male or female, there was something we could relate with. What an incredibly talented man, missed so much already. Thanks John for the happiness you brought to the world.

    August 7, 2009 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. shane

    A sad day for the "80's generation. John Hughes' movies were genius and grasped teen issues, fears, hopes, and dreams like none other. I loved them all and watch them every time they appear on screen. They always bring back memories of my teens..the people, the dances, the attempts to fit in when you really didn't want to. His characters were identifiable, relatable, and timeless. I have 18 and 15 year old daughters (two other daughters not teens yet but will see John's films when they are), and as their father, was curious to see if they would love them as well. No great surprise, they love Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Planes, Trains... and many others as much or more than me. In the parent-teen relationship, we may not always see eye to eye, but we always connect when it comes to John Hughes' films.

    John made us look at people and not the stereotypes they fit into. Brian's letter in the B'fast Club (quoted often on this site) says it all. And who doesn't get a tear at the end of Planes, Trains when they freeze on John Candy smiling. John and John are having a blast. I'm going out to get every John Hughes' film that I don't already own, sit down with my wife and daughters and have a movie marathon. My prayers are with John's family. RIP John and thank you.

    August 7, 2009 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. KCB

    The Breakfast Club was a very important movie in my household. There was a large generational gap in our household due to my parents 16 year age difference.

    There were many times when tension would build out of not understanding each other. My Mom was smart enough to sit my Dad down and make him watch The Breakfast Club so that he would maybe have a better understanding of how his daughters lives were, which was much different than his time during the Depression to WWII era.

    Thank you John, for bringing a Father and Daughter together during one of the most important times of my life, and writing it in a way that he could truly see and understand.

    August 7, 2009 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Desiree

    He was a GENIUS !!!! Pure GENIUS !!!!!!!!!!!!! My deepest sympathy's go out to his Family !!!!! We have all Lost someone truely special !!!!!!!!!!

    August 7, 2009 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. tara

    Anyone who grew up in the '80's remembers the "classics" such as Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink & Sixteen Candles and of course Ferris Beueller's Day Off. Most teenagers could easily relate to any of the characters because they all seemed so "real". Over 20 years later, the teenage genre is still alive and well but somehow the movies of the '80's seem much more innocent than the teenage movies of today. I always have to laugh when I see these movies on tv now for no other reason than to re-live my teenage years and reminice about 80's fashion and hair. It is heartbreaking to think of another "icon" of my youth who passed away this summer.

    August 7, 2009 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Darrell Russ

    Man, it blows me away that her is gone, but his body of work will live forever. I was a teenager during his hey day in Hollywood and related to the entire story. his work will stand as a testimony to the talented man that we so so honored to be blessed with.

    August 7, 2009 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bender

    Very sad. Always hoped to see a Breakfast Club 2 – 20 years later or something. Home Alone, Ferris and the rest,,what a hoot. I actually visited the sites where the BFC was filmed, thats how much I liked that flick!! He will be missed.

    Well, well. Here we are. You have exactly eight hours and fifty-four minutes to think about why you're here. You may not talk, you will not move from these seats. Any questions?
    Yeah. Does Barry Manilow know that you raid his wardrobe?

    August 7, 2009 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. LynnInOttawa

    I was devastated to hear about John Hughes' death.
    It felt as if the mentor teacher you used to rely on in High School had died.
    He brought a generation together using laughter, and just enough reality to make you take a second look at the people you'd barely given that first look to.

    Breakfast Club has been my favorite movie forever.

    To John, who knew us better than we knew ourselves:

    You see us as you want to see us... In the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain...
    and an athlete...
    and a basket case...
    a princess...
    and a criminal...
    Does that answer your question?... Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club.

    August 7, 2009 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Robin

    John Hughes made the 80's a great time to grow up. Many have imitated his style, even recently, but they never hit the mark like he did. There was nothing like being in a packed theater, watching Ferris with a hundred other people who are laughing so hard they are crying. Since basic cable tends to butcher the fun out of all of John's movies, it's best to watch them unaltered on DVD. (BTW, the Brat Pack label came from an article on the cast of St. Elmo's Fire in 1985, which John was not connected with. The same group of actors had been getting cast over and over since the movie The Outsiders, and waaaay before the Kevin Bacon game came to be, we were all playing 3 degrees of The Outsiders.)

    August 7, 2009 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. amylynnglor

    What a loss. I absolutely LOVED his work - not a bad script in the bunch.
    He will be rightfully missed.

    August 7, 2009 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. WENDY

    My heart goes out to John Hughes' family. I loved all of John Hughes' family but one of my favorites was Weird Science!!!! The scene with the 2 boys with bras on their heads TOO FUNNY. I could type for hours thinking of all the movies that John made which made us laugh and cry. He helped create GREAT memories with my friends, getting together and watching all of his movies even to this day we have a John Hughes' movie get together. SO THANKS JOHN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You will be missed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 7, 2009 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Kate C.

    Ferris Bueller is, was, and ever shall be the ultimate icon of teenage freedom. He, like all the Hughes archetypes, embodied (and forever will) the raw, akward shame and elation of being young. Even though those days have long gone by, it's rare that I don't have occasion to reference Ferris and Cameron, Duckie, Blane, Bender, or Andie in some moment when I feel like I'm getting away with something I shouldn't, out of my element or uncomfortable in my skin. But I think of them most in my Brian-punch-myself-in-the-arm moments of quiet, minor success. Those were Hughes' best. He will be so missed.

    August 7, 2009 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  16. L.Brett

    I grew up in Northbrook (formerly, Shermerville). I attended the same high school as John Hughes, but he graduated long before me. I was so amazed how well he portrayed the characters of that area. I could name a person for each of The Breakfast Club kids – even down to the teacher, like every year those same personalities & roles would appear...
    I went down to Chicago by train to be in the parade scene for Ferris Bueller's Day Off & enjoyed seeing our water tower painted, "Save Ferris". I could so relate to Sixteen Candles & Pretty in Pink, since I had a HUGE crush a boy, like Molly did – I am even a redhead, too. My ending didn't end up like Hollywood though...
    Some kids I graduated with were in that film, along as my sister an extra in hallway scene. My older sister was working for Universal Studios at the time & I think our upbringing in those areas he so frequently filmed, gave us the feelings of anything in life was possible.
    I adored hearing how he renamed towns & seeing so many familiar places that I had to point out with a smile during the films. HARD to say which one was my favorite. We've watched Uncle Buck over 10 times – laugh on cue & realize how well John Candy acted, since such believable lines & expressions. We liked The Great Outdoors, too – Not knowing how Candy & Akroyd didn't crack up in most scenes! I could do favorite parts from every one of his endearing movies...
    I have my degree in advertising, help my husband with his instrumental rock & blues music. I had hoped to have had a connection with doing soundtracks to a project of his one day...and now know that will never be...His spirit will live on, be celebrated for many years to come. He touched so many lives, by helping all ages through rough spots, that we all can relate to – especially once older. His family can always be proud. I imagine him laughing by John Candy's side over their incredibly amazing, unforgettable scenes.
    We can honor this talented man, by continuing to watch his many classic movies.

    August 7, 2009 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  17. James L. Cherry formerly from Williamsburg, Va.

    To this day I am still wearing and feeling 80's in my crew cut tank top thats cropped. Theres nothing like John Hughs from the 80's since then. I am still 80s and will die 80's no matter what they say. Taking Entertainment from us is like taking Love its simply not going to happen if we keep the spirit up no matter how old. – JLC

    August 7, 2009 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  18. KPMCO Orlando, FL

    I think something that a lot of today's teenagers may not see, is how utterly real the characters in John Hughes' films really are. They seem like silly stereotypes, but travel back to the mid 1980's and these were really the way people talked, dressed, and acted. I identified closely with "Brian" from the Breakfast Club. But I wanted to be Ferris Bueller. I wished that I had the brass to be a bad boy like John Bender. I wanted the popularity of Claire. I wanted the stregnth of Andy. I wanted to find a special someone as in "Sixteen Candles". I dreamed of creating something wacky and outrgeous as in "Weird Science" and teach people like Chet a lesson about being respectful.

    But in all these films, there was an overlying optimism. You had a feeling that anything was possible. Nothing had to be dark, because the world didn't seem dark.

    The films that were the most memorable, were the ones that kept the problems of youth real, but in that reality...we saw our innocence, and the line where that innocence was going to be lost. John Hughes's films came close to that line, but I don't think he ever saw the need to cross it.

    August 7, 2009 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  19. christine

    omg!! He was the director of the 80"s!! He made all the cult favs we love to watch today. I have some of the fondest memories of my childhood and adult life thanks to John Hughes. Your talent and brillance will be greatly missed and never duplicated.

    August 7, 2009 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  20. jeremy

    A piece of me died with John Hughes. John's teen movies epitomized every 80's teenager's life, experiences and inner-workings.

    I now have a sinking feeling in my stomach that I will be forced to grow up.

    August 7, 2009 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  21. Samantha

    16 Candles, Breakfast Club, Vacation, Ferris Bueller, Weird Science...what a genius John Hughes was. My sister and I watched these movies over and over when we were younger and still do! They are timeless, original and possibly the greatest collection of humor ever written and directed by one person. What a shame to lose someone with such wit and the ability to connect with so many people through his art. He will be greatly missed and we are lucky to have his movies to keep us laughing.

    August 7, 2009 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  22. katie

    Of course I loved all of his movies.. one of my favorites is Uncle Buck... always showing the flaws and the fun... love and care keep things together no matter how crazy we get... such a very sweet and optimistic view of life... wonderful...

    August 7, 2009 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  23. Gregory

    My heart dropped when I heard the passing of John Hughes.
    My thoughts and heart are with his family, at this very rough time in their lives.

    John was a great screenwriter and director. Thank you for your great movies and hours of laughs you brought to all who watch your work.


    John Hughes

    August 7, 2009 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  24. Mark

    There are very few people that I believe you can point to and say they defined a decade. Obviously, by the comments here, John Hughes is one of those people.

    I thoroughly enjoyed movies like "The Breakfast Club" and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" (both of which I have on my iPod), but Pretty In Pink resonated with me when I saw it. When Duckie has to deal with his dream girl, Andie, getting together with Blane, and has to accept that she will never feel for him the way he feels about her – and do that with dignity – who can't relate to that?

    It's so easy to say, "just move on", but John Hughes really had a way of bringing forth the emotions and feelings that teenagers went through, and show them in a way that had some class. It was funny, sensitive, meaningful.

    August 7, 2009 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  25. Marta

    So very many–Jon Cryer lipsynching Try a Little Tenderness, my son and his grandmother coming home to tell me all about Michael Keaton in Mr. Mom, so very many scenes in Ferris Bueller. John Hughes created memories!

    August 7, 2009 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  26. the janet terminal

    John's movies had and still do have a profound effect on my life. Movies you will just watch again and again and again. They seem to never get old.

    Thank you John. RIP.

    August 7, 2009 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  27. 38 Candles

    My 20 year High School Reunion is this October. JH was with me on my awkward journey of meeting myself. The scene from 16 Candles where she sits on the table in candle light with, The Guy, made me hope it could happen for me.
    The Breakfast Club gave me insight into not being the only high school student feeling completely uncomfortable in their skin and afraid to admit it.
    Thank-you JH for taking the time to look at the uncomfortable moments in life and finding a way to make them look enviable.

    August 7, 2009 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  28. Cats

    The question isn't "what are we going to do," the question is "what aren't we going to do?"

    If you had access to a car like this, would you take it back right away?


    August 7, 2009 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  29. Kristen

    If "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" was who we really were as 80s teens (and it was) then "Breakfast Club) was who we wanted to be. No PC diversity but it didn't matter. The issues that divide our nation now were moot points in the 80s. Race, religion, sexual orientation-those were sublimated behind-jock, dweeb, princess, etc. I watched the Breakfast Club with a bunch of friends in NYC in 1986. All teens and very diversified. Every single person in the room related to someone in the movie.

    Back then we didn't think that you had to look alike to understand one antoher. And we knew that if people could sit down and talk, then understanding was possible. We looked forward to a gender and color blind society. Maybe we should have elected John Hughes president in the 90s. He will be missed. Cue Simple Minds...

    August 7, 2009 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  30. Nicole

    He was the first to direct a movie about teenagers that was heartfelt and sincere. Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink...they weren't brainless films. They all had such a believable quality about them. We'll continue to see movies by directors clearly inspired by Mr. Hughes...but none of them will ever take the place of the true classics. Movies you could watch with your kids... Funny and inventive without the need of excessive drug use and violence. I'll remember these films like the good memories of my own life. Thanks John! Rest in peace.

    August 7, 2009 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  31. Thomas

    Dang. All of them were excellent movies.

    Didn't realize Uncle Buck was his. Figures. I think he defined a decade. The '80's belonged to him.

    August 7, 2009 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  32. Jennifer

    John's movies gave us lots of memories growing up. A great director who will be greatly missed.

    August 7, 2009 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  33. Jim

    I grew up in the 80's and loved his movies....but the one that nobody has mentioned, which fit right into a period of my life is......St. Elmo's Fire..... When I got divorced last year, I painted my new place blue just like Mare Winningham's character in the movie, and I felt the same way.....and I ate a peanut butter sandwich too!

    August 7, 2009 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  34. K Smith Phila., PA

    I was still in elementary and junior high when I discovered the awesomeness of Hughes' work. I remember thinking, "WOW! Is this what being a teenager will be like? Can I go to a highschool like that? Will I ever have my Lloyd Dobler?!" Well, it wasn't, but his films still gave me joy and let me live in a fantasy land where Molly Ringwald could be my friend, Jake Ryan would be waiting for me on my 16th birthday, and one night I would hear "In Your Eyes" playing outside my bedroom window.....

    August 7, 2009 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  35. Adam

    I was in high school from 1981 – 1986 and the characters in his movies were so real. We could relate so well to them. I still laugh thinking about Long Duk Dong in Sixteen Candles asking, "How you spell quiche?" And grandpa yelling across the table answering, "You don't spell it son, you eat it!" I could go on and on with the one liners. Thank you Mr. Hughes for providing me with such entertaining and deeply felt movies. Your talents will continue to live on in your movies.

    August 7, 2009 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  36. MTV = America

    Class. That's what Hughes had that few film-makers possess today. Movies these days are Fast and Furious, dull and condescending, not-so-easily swallowed pills of stupidity.

    It's no surprise that Hughes' devotees (Judd Apatow, Kevin Smith) are of a select few that manage to still entertain while also delivering a a message to and about the down-trodden, the ugly, the hopeless romantics, the weirdos, and the rest of us.

    Make no mistake, blockbusters that connect with everyone still happen today, however with Hughes, his movies were incredible and groud-breaking. Anymore, with all the market research and focus groups, film-makers are merely pandering.

    August 7, 2009 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  37. Brad

    As a child of the 70's, I was an avid reader of the National Lampoon. Mr. Hughes wrote some great stuff in that mag, it was uncensored and very, very twisted – really funny. He had a great wit. Sad news indeed.

    August 7, 2009 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  38. mike

    I watched all of his films and have loved all of them. The one that hit a nerve for my wife and I was "She's Having a Baby" we had been married a couple of years and the thought of having a child was on our minds. Kevin Bacon and Elizabeth McGovern was us, double income, new house. After we had a child several years later I copied the scene were Kevin rested his coffee cup on her much pregnant belly, we've often quoted the scene from the community block party "Hank... you scalded the dog"

    And the hospital scene with the song "This Woman's Work" has been a background song I've used for recording the birth of our children.
    Hughes made movies that touch people. We are in our late 40's and still from time to time re watch this movie because it touched us at important time in our lives. And I even can relate to what Kevin's character Jake said at the end of the movie:

    "And in the end, I realized that I took more than I gave, I was trusted more than I trusted, and I was loved more than I loved. And what I was looking for was not to be found but to be made.

    Thank You Mr Hughes!

    August 7, 2009 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  39. The Mad Man

    John Huges owes me MOney,and stole my weed

    August 7, 2009 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  40. Michelle

    1983 I was a 16 y.o. Sophomore in HS girl. To me John Hughes is High School. I was Samantha Baker and I LOVED Jake Ryan. Classic! "The Donger need food", Sofa city sweetheart. I could go on and on and on.....

    August 7, 2009 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  41. Andrea B.

    The films that John Hughes made in the '80s truly helped define both pop culture and epitomized the movie soundtrack. No matter who you were, you were able to relate to at least one of his characters in some small way. Though I was young when most of these films came out, my friends and I still quote every single one of them. And most are just as good now as the day they came out. John Hughes, you made a huge impact on many of us... you are greatly missed!!! RIP!!

    August 7, 2009 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  42. Kat

    Some of the greatest films ever made!! I love most of the 80's classics, but John Hughes' movies were the best! Especially The Breakfast Club...the humor, simplicity, and realness of it is something you just don't find in movies nowadays. He will be greatly missed!

    Bring back the 80's!!! What great times!!!

    August 7, 2009 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  43. Ken

    I am a 61 year old man who loved watching these movies with his teenage daughter Stacey. I laughed and laughed at Ferris Bueller. I admired his chutzpa and his love of life. When I had a boat a few years ago I almost named it Save Ferris. For years everytime I go to a record store I looked for the sound track, hoping that someday it would be released. John was a great talent who knew how to make us all laugh and forget about our daily troubles. I was always wondering why he suddenly stopped making a movies a few years ago. I hope he had a great life, sorry it ended too soon. John, thanks for the memories.

    August 7, 2009 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  44. Alan

    John Hughes movies are cult classics! Planes, Trains, and Automobiles one of my favorite movies of all time.

    August 7, 2009 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  45. sue

    His movies were all great & entertaining. I especially liked "Sixteen Candles" & "Some Kind Of Wonderful". I wish one of these days, there's a cable channel that will show all his movies a la John Hughes movie marathon.

    August 7, 2009 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  46. CJack

    Thank you, John and blessings to his family.

    I agree that his movies should be a prerequisite for high school students.

    August 7, 2009 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  47. Tony from NB

    "The key to faking out the parents is the clammy hands. It's a good non-specific symptom; I'm a big believer in it. A lot of people will tell you that a good phony fever is a dead lock, but, uh... you get a nervous mother, you could wind up in a doctor's office. That's worse than school. You fake a stomach cramp, and when you're bent over, moaning and wailing, you lick your palms. It's a little childish and stupid, but then, so is high school." – Ferris Bueller

    Oh man....I will miss you made me learn to appreciate the moment...every day.

    August 7, 2009 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  48. CJack

    CNN your poll on which Hughes movie is a favorite in unfair. Even though Ferris Bueler has over 50% of the votes they are all clasics. I cannot pick just one movie. All four are favorites for me.

    August 7, 2009 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  49. Eric

    I was 24 living in Florida and on a first date when I saw Breakfast Club at the theater. The voice-over at the beginning of the movie sets the scene by announcing "March 24th, Shermerville High School, Shermerville Illinois, 60062." I blurt out loud enough for the entire movie theater to hear and for my date to shush me, "Hey! That's my birthday! AND that's where I went to high school!" Turns out John Hughes did go to my high school in Northbrook Illinois (formerly Shermerville) 10 years before me. The movie and date were amazing and I became a huge John Hughes fan from then on. Thanks for sharing your talent, John.

    August 7, 2009 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  50. Jack

    Who could forget The Donger in Sixteen Candles? "Lake, Big Lake". And, "No Yanky My Wanky". I could go on and on. Good stuff Mr. Hughes.

    August 7, 2009 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  51. David

    It is hard to put into words, but we all were able to relate to his characters. He was able to capture the essence of a teenager living in the 80's. My generation has lost our speaker.

    August 7, 2009 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  52. Jamie Weatherford

    I'm 34 years old and John Bender was my idol. After I saw The Breakfast Club I wore enough flannel to make Curt Kobain jealous.

    Weird Science is still one of my all time favorites. "Well my balls are half way up my a**, but other than that I'm just perfect."

    "Let my Cameron go."

    August 7, 2009 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  53. meg

    John Hughes gave me Jake Ryan, and for that I will eternally grateful. Thank you.

    August 7, 2009 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  54. ally

    What was he wearing? Well, Tan trousers, a red argyle and red shoes. Hmm? No he's not retarded!

    -Grandpa describing to the police Long Duck Dong's outfit, Sixteen Candles

    August 7, 2009 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  55. Jess

    I had the pleasure of seeing "The Breakfast Club" as a play at a local college last fall. A couple friends of mine were in the play. I had forgotten how much I loved the movie. I saw the play twice in one week and then went out and bought the dvd.

    August 7, 2009 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  56. Ric

    Rest in Piece John. Your work touched so many.

    August 7, 2009 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  57. Alan

    Looking back, I think of all the movies that John Hughes was a part of, be it a writer or a director, the one that really stuck with me is Some Kind of Wonderful. It had a profound effect on me and probably a lot of teenagers growing up in the 80's. As a teenager it seemed like we were in this quest to find a perfect partner. I remember the schemes and the troubles we went through to win the heart of the most beautiful and popular girl in school. I was one of the very few at the time with a girl best friend. She was always there during this quest. And throughout many failed relationships after as well. Then it hit me. I didn't need to look much farther for that perfect partner. It's right there all along. Right in front me of the whole time. The one who fought the battles with me and never failed to be there for me no matter what since the moment we became friends. I married my 'Watts' and going strong after almost 10 years. It's Some Kind of Wonderful.
    Thank you for putting our lives on the big screen, Mr Hughes. Rest in peace.

    August 7, 2009 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  58. Cheryl

    My favorite would be Sixteen Candles. Even though I was in my early twenties when the his films came out, I so related to some of his characters. It was nice to see teens protrayed with issues plagued us all growing up and how they dealt with them.

    August 7, 2009 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  59. Kris

    I was in high school in the Chicago suburbs when Sixteen Candles and Breakfast Club came out – those movies made me feel less alone and less like an outcast. Breakfast Club beautifully portrayed that every high school had its standard cliques that could somehow get along. It made people like the jocks and homecoming queens seem more "real." I also loved that he filmed so many of his movies in the beautiful northern suburbs of Chicago. RIP, John, and thank you for the wonderful and memorable movies.

    August 7, 2009 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  60. tmcgarrity

    If you were a teenager in the 80's, you saw all of his movies. I own them all on DVD now. However it is not the same as popping a tape in the VCR and watching them with all of your girlfriends at a sleep-over. God Bless John Hughes.

    August 7, 2009 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  61. Steve

    Do not want to say goodbye to my friend John. He helped me feel. Now he goes to heaven to be with his friend Mr. Candy. Together they will laugh.

    August 7, 2009 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  62. Joy

    "Weird Science" was made the year before I was born, but the first time i saw it when I was 15, i died laughing. It's still my favorite movie! John Hughes movies are timeless.

    August 7, 2009 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  63. Laura R

    This is very sad news. Being an teenager in the 80's, his movies were such a huge part of my life. My thoughts are with his family. What a loss.

    August 7, 2009 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  64. steve

    Ben Stein said it best:

    "I don’t think anyone has come close to him as being the poet of the youth of America in the postwar period. He was to them what Shakespeare was to the Elizabethan Age."

    August 7, 2009 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  65. Jill

    Despite the fact that I was born in 1983 and was therefore in diapers when these movies came out, no collection of cinematic history means more to me. I loved every one of those movies and can shamelessly quote all of them. Unlike directors and writers of late, John Hughes did not cater to the lowest common denominator. His candor and humor were much appreciated even during my 90s adolescence. Thanks for the memories, Mr. Hughes.

    August 7, 2009 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  66. Dan

    "Tell grandpa not to wait up"

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  67. Tony N

    "Is that thing 220?" "220, 221, whatever it takes."

    "So it's sorta social, demented and sad, but social. Right? "

    "What if your home... what if your family... what if your *dope* was on fire?
    John Bender: Impossible, sir. It's in Johnson's underwear. "

    "That's very clever, sir. But what if there's a fire? I think violating fire codes and endangering the lives of children would be unwise at this juncture in your career, sir. "

    "Chicks cannot hold their smoke, dat's what it is. "

    Some of he best lines ever....RIP, Mr Hughes.

    August 7, 2009 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  68. T

    Two great films I'll always remember to thank John Hughes for....
    Weird Science and Ferris Bueller, made me laugh..... a lot.

    Love that Kelly LeBrock in "Weird Science" and the great job done by Matthew Broderick in "Ferris Bueller" but those two great flicks wouldn't have come to life without Mr. Hughes.

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  69. Rich

    I watched "Sixteen Candles" four times during it's theatrical run...that's a lot for a kid from a tiny farming community (pop. 2284) in East-Central Arkansas. The town I grew up in didn't even has a local theater...I had to drive 32 miles into Little Rock! In fact, my first date (I was 15...her name was Melissa) was to see that very movie it's opening weekend. After I saw that movie, I wanted to be Anthony Michael Hall! He hadn't directed a film in eighteen years and, in a way, I'm glad he didn't. Farewell, John...

    August 7, 2009 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  70. Jeffro

    I graduated in '89 and I grew up on his movies enjoying the unrealistic story and the truly realistic. They seemed to blurr into reality that both entertained and taught. This craft is sorely missed in entertainment today. I wont go on about how each movie made me feel alive or happy, just that they did and I got to enjoy it then like I do today. It is sad how we never appreciate people until they die. The only thing I hope from his death that his talent will infuse future movies back to a certain quality. Man I feel old talking about the yesterday was far better than today. Sheesh.

    I think he was an incredible talent but I dont like labeling people genius because they are good at what they do. I will say he was real close to that high standard praise. I didnt know he did Uncle Buck, figures why I liked it so much. Like Tarantino he had the pulse on music that made the statement of the era. When you think of the music of those movies they were the most influential music that people relate to for that time. After writing this it becomes more apparent that his work meant more than I thought. Kudos to you John. We can all hope that what we do in life makes a mark on society. He had a great life and I plan on sharing his movies if I ever have a family of my own.

    BTW he didnt do anything with Val Kilmer in Wierd Science. It was Real Genius that Val was in and again it wasnt a Hughes film. (the the poster earlier)

    Breakfast Club
    Uncle Buck
    Sixteen Candles
    Some Kind of Wonderful

    And I agree with most of the posters that his movies should be required watching for teens entering into high school un-edited. If these films were watched more frequently I doubt there would be so many assaults on schools. It wont stop them mind you but reduce the painful alienation that teens go to in extremes becasue we teens are rather cruel to one another at that time in life.
    Thanks John for the life lessons they helped believe it or not......

    August 7, 2009 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  71. Colleen

    My husband and I loved so many John Hughes movies, it's impossible to pick just one favorite. But we both agree that our favorite memory is of Ferris Bueller playing back-to-back the night our first daughter was born in January, 2003. It just seemed like a celebration of her arrival, with that street party in Chicago...

    He died far too young, but he gave us countless hours of joy before he left us. I wonder if my daughters will find the same meaningful, thoughtful messages in his movies when they are older that we did? They were quintessentially 80's films, but the characters are enduring.

    August 7, 2009 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  72. Diana

    Thank you Mr. Hughes for all the laughter you have given us, and all the food for thought! I cannot wait to watch these movies with my niece when she is old enough.

    I will never look at Captain Crunch the same way again, think of lipstick application in it's traditional way, or grandmothers greeting their "grown" granddaughters! Thank you for Duckie and Long Duck Dong! May Ferris live forever! There are too many great moments in these movies to recall in such a small space. Needless to say, they helped shape many of us and we all apprecitate it.

    Your legacy lives.

    August 7, 2009 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  73. Jim

    There are some that are not old enough to remember the eighties and like any subsequent generation pick up on the most obvious things hair, clothes, music. There are some that when they actually look back they say things like it was a more innocent time or those times were to coin a phrase cheesy. Today is no different its just as cheesy with most celebrities borrowing from the past and passing as their own, where in the eighies imagination manifested itself through a myriad of bands, differing sounds.. individulatity. There were many people to be inspired by. The one who amalgamated varying social scenes and said things that could cross over differing tastes was a man by the name of John Hughes. I was lucky I think to be 14 in 1985 because Shermer High school will and forever be my true home in my mind a place I still go today, a place that made me realise we are all different but possibly, just possibly we can all get along. You will be missed Sir..truly missed.

    August 7, 2009 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  74. Tracy

    "Those aren't pillows!" Classically entertaining movies that will live forever. As a child of the 80's, John Hughes provided me enough laughs with his movies to last a lifetime. A great loss.

    August 7, 2009 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  75. Mike

    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.

    August 7, 2009 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  76. Shabba Rommel

    Thanks John. Your movies made a trying period of my life much more tolerable and even laughable. RIP and see you on the otherside... I promise to stop and look around once in a while too.

    August 7, 2009 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  77. Micj

    Bender's fist on the football field.......cue "Don't You Forget About Me".....our generation arrived.

    August 7, 2009 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
  78. Ann

    I named my son Jake after the character Jake Ryan in Sixteen Candles

    August 7, 2009 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
  79. Emily

    I am truly saddened by the passing of John Hughes. The only solace is that he leaves behind a legacy of unforgettable films that are truly among my very favorites...What a loss to the entertainment industry.

    August 7, 2009 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  80. Mary, Beaver, PA

    His movies were filled with humor, compassion, tolerance, and sensitivity. I am very sorry that he has left us so soon.

    August 7, 2009 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  81. Jeff Sexton

    His movies helped define a generation. John Hughes was with me growing up and his movies were a great escape!

    August 7, 2009 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
  82. David

    "Don't you........forget about me"........we won't.

    August 7, 2009 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
  83. chris long

    I was involved in a mandatory charity program for my senior year of high school. There were many options to choose from, so I chose to be a big brother to a mentally challenged teenager. The program offered free tickets and passes to bowling alleys, musicals and movies. None of the other students were using them, so I took all the movie passes. By the time the passes ran out, my little brother and I had seen Some Kind of Wonderful at least 25 times. That movie never got played out and it still doesn't. The movie theater where I went is now gone, but I passed it last week and thought of that great film and moment in my life. Thank you, John Hughes, for giving me a great memory from my teenage years.

    August 7, 2009 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
  84. John

    RIP John and Godspeed.

    August 7, 2009 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
  85. lauratheresa

    Yes,I too was a teen in the 80's & so enjoyed all these wonderful movies. I am sure all the talented actors who stared in these movies also have great memories as do all making comments on this blog. Peace to all the Huges family & to John who brought much joy to movie lovers.

    August 7, 2009 at 6:33 am | Report abuse |
  86. Druscilla

    Such a major part of and influence on the lives of those of us who grew up in the 80s with his films....sad to hear and so young yet too, 59 is not old.
    My condolences to the family – he was a wonderful man, his insight keen.

    August 7, 2009 at 5:34 am | Report abuse |
  87. randy


    Great movie, saw it a couple of days ago on TV, and now John Hughes
    is gone.
    Thanks for all the great film moments of 80's teen life- the angst, the tears, the laughter, the schemes, the cliques, and the coolness.

    You will be missed, and greatly.

    My prayers and condolences to his family and friends.

    August 7, 2009 at 5:21 am | Report abuse |
  88. Sergio (Spain)

    I can assure you that John Hughes have lots of fans in Spain. IMHO, Breakfast Club is his best movie... I grow up watching his movies... I wanted to be Wyatt from Weird Science...

    August 7, 2009 at 5:15 am | Report abuse |
  89. Marco

    I had the chance to meet John in L.A back in 1985 on the set of Weird Science and Pretty in Pink. He was a super nice person and everyone on the set had great respect for him. His films from the 80s will definitely live on for generations. Thank you John. Rest in Peace.

    August 7, 2009 at 5:06 am | Report abuse |
  90. Shane McGuire

    Ahh, what a tragedy. I was in High School when Breakfast Club came out. In fact I currently own a copy of the film on DVD.

    Whether my parents want to admit it or not, that film is pretty telling about the issues that face High School Kids. Regardless of some of the unrealistic and quite funny situations, I remember the John Bender in my High School, and the Queenie, the Jock group and the nerds. Yes even the astranged Gothic Thrasher Girls.

    The point is that all of the characters portrayed applied to their extremes in the mix.

    What is so significant about the film is the fact that we had a Principal that was just about that bad at our school. But getting the Board to see the same things the kids saw was a different story.

    To John Hughs, you brought a film to life that said so much with so little. It was the right film for the right time in my life. My parents being teachers and educators really disliked the film. But from their point of view I can understand. However, from my point of view if just shows that even in High School there is stress and pressure. But when you have parents that don't care, or have a singluar focus for what they think their children should, (or should not), be it creates and environment that encourages acting out.

    August 7, 2009 at 4:54 am | Report abuse |
  91. Rafa Garcia

    A sad day for thirtiers and movie lovers all around (Spain, in this case). I love classic cinema, i love even Ingmar Bergman, but Ferris Bueller´s will always be one of my favourite movies.

    Ed Rooney deserved that gummy bear, for christ sake 😉

    August 7, 2009 at 4:25 am | Report abuse |
  92. Joe in San Jose

    I'm turning 40 in 3 weeks. How sadly appropriate that this is when we lose the incomparable John Hughes.

    More than any other filmmaker, John Hughes NAILED IT what it was like to be a teen in America in the 80's.

    At times, I was a geek like Brian, a petty criminal like Bender, and cruel to weaker people just to impress others (like Emilio's jock).

    To this day, hearing "Dankeschon" or "Twist and Shout" makes me think of Ferris Bueller on the parade float. A grueling business trip reminds me of Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. Ben Stein is "famous" because of Hughes. It just goes on and on.

    My thanks go out to John Hughes for his work and respectful condolonces to his family. Let us celebrate his work and keep it alive.

    August 7, 2009 at 4:04 am | Report abuse |
  93. Aria

    My goal is to go to Afghanistan and try to help people there. Every time I tell my friends "I want to go to Afghanistan" I keep thinking of Aly Sheedy's line in "The Breakfast Club" lol

    I agree with the comments above. The Breakfast Club is a great movie that should be required to watch in schools. Instead we watched the depressing "The Outsiders" a million times.

    RIP John Hughes. You did something positive with your life.

    August 7, 2009 at 3:18 am | Report abuse |
  94. Vince

    I grew-up on John Hughes' movies–literally and figuratively. I graduated from high school in 1987 and I have such deep, fond memories of all of his films. My favorite will always be Some Kind of Wonderful, but I loved all of them–Sixteen Candles, Breakfast Club, Planes/Trains, etc. My teenage daughter recently watched The Breakfast Club and instead of making fun of it as some relic from the 80s, she loved it and can't wait to see more of his movies. I was at my desk at work today when I saw that he had passed away and it hit me harder than I thought it would. Then I thought back on how much each of his movies, characters and songs meant to me during my high school years (I still have the Pretty in Pink soundtrack and love Suzanne Vega's "Left of Center" with Joe Jackson on piano) and I realized I shouldn't be surprised by my sadness–someone who brought me great joy during the craziness of junior high and high school was gone. Hopefully his movies live on with each generation as the characters, stories and emotions portrayed in each of his films are timeless.

    August 7, 2009 at 3:01 am | Report abuse |
  95. Bill Tonn

    I have seen all of his films. He helped me understand and defined the things that I was dealing with in life and gave me hope and inspiration. His passing was too early.

    August 7, 2009 at 2:19 am | Report abuse |
  96. Melanie Engelmann

    It's a sad day for movie fans and kids of the 80s. I have a lot of John Hughes films in my DVD collection and watch them regularly. You never get sick of seeing Ferris and Cameron driving around Chicago, Bender wreaking havoc in the school library and Andie getting ready for the prom. I even visited some of the locations used in the movie when I went to the US last year. And John Candy's contribution cannot bve overlooked. Uncle Buck and Plane, Trains and Automobiles are also cinematic masterpieces. John Hughes RIP.

    August 7, 2009 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
  97. Jayamadhava

    There will be NO ONE to replace John Hughes
    He was the Stanley Kubrick of Grreat-directors (of comedy)
    WHY–His films are awfully FUNNY and Not Stupid or Vulgar
    Hollywood should UP the standards to meet John Hughes Style
    A true Brilliant Director with Insight and social commentary,cleverly
    woven into his scripts with great heart and understanding of people
    and teens and children.
    There can be no replacement for him – But use HIs Style (not copy)
    –Future Directors of Comedy should Learn from John Hughes Style. I was watching Uncle Buck(again) the other day-WOW- Funny –SMART-Brilliant film ! (not Vulgar) or Silly. (all we see mostly)
    God Bless- him and his family RIP + love form your fans
    Michael K-.U.S.Ex-pat Moscow

    August 7, 2009 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
  98. Erin

    too sad...I really grew up with his films...cant even begin to explain how they seemed to parallel Every American teen...esp in the 80's... My family owns most, if not all, of his films...his death is a tragic event for my generation, for sure.

    August 7, 2009 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
  99. Matt

    Thank you John for all the memories and great films to get through those teen years! This is the day that movies died.

    It's hard to pick favorites, but I knew plenty of them line by line. My favorite scene, of all time, for it's simple slapstick and snapshot of adolescence comes from the bathroom scene in Weird Science. I'll spare the quote!

    August 7, 2009 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
  100. Lisa Johnson

    Ohhhhhh man! I am so sad at this news that one of my FAVORITE screenwriters/ directors of 1980's films are gone. John Hughes had such talent, such INSIGHT into how teenagers really think and behave.
    When the movies Sixteen Candles came out in 1984, I was 13. Then a year later, The Breakfast Club came out. What a STANDOUT film this was! My sister and I practically memorized every LINE from that movie. These are all classics now.

    I love the '80's!! The movies and music are UN-BEATABLE!
    May God bless the Hughes family during this tragic time.

    August 7, 2009 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
  101. George S Walker III

    Thanks John Hughes for bringing us the gifts of awareness and laughter. You will be missed and remembered by all.

    August 7, 2009 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
  102. Chris

    Thank you to and may our Lord Jesus Christ richly bless John Hughes. I graduated high school in 1986, and recall seeing Breakfast Club freshman year of college. It was part of my life, and it touched my life. Surely Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy, Judd Nelson, Emelio Esteban and Anthony Michael Hall, and gosh what was the guy who played the principal he passed away not long ago had a lot to do with that. But it is clear in the other movies he wrote too, how much John Hughes blessed and touch my life. I am truly indebted and thankful. I still love those movies and I still think so fondly of different scenes from them. Maybe this sounds selfish – like I should talk about him instead of me – but his gift to me is that he shared with me understanding, love, empathy, kindness. These movies stand out to me, not that there aren't other ones that touch us too. I can start to analyze – people here wrote about him creating characters, and his genius. I agree. But his movies share something truly priceless – John Hughes made us feel not only better about ourselves, but less alone, able to not be brought down by our failures and insecurities, to laugh at ourselves, to uplift us, to have hope. My goodness I went to high school admist clicks, and I had so many insecurities I greatly would have feared talking to many people who seemed "cooler" and socially more adept. Then I watch Hughes movies and its like there is another way of looking at it all. That we can all connect. That it doesn't have to seem so scary. That we can talk with.. understand.. love one another. Thank you John Hughes. Thank you God for John Hughes. May God bless him and his family. May he rest in peace.

    August 7, 2009 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
  103. Ben

    John was responsible for so many of the films I love both as a Writer and Director. John's films are engrained in my childhood memories and I have so many memories of watching his films with family and friends. As a Director he was great, as a Writer he was a genius. The fact that he never was even nominated for an Oscar shows how farcical the Academy is. RIP John. You will be missed.

    August 7, 2009 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
  104. Sean

    I was also a teenager in the 80's. I can say every line from Sixteen Candles. I can relate to every character from The Breakfast Club. Later in life, I really understood She's Having A Baby.
    It's sad to see another great one pass. It seems more and more from my generation are starting to go. It really brings to life the quote in Ferris Bueller's Day Off – Life goes by pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.
    John didn't miss life. He got it and he wrote about it. I think if you understood his movies, you came out a different and better person.
    I went through my DVD collection tonight and pulled out all his movies. I was surprised by how many I actually owned. I'll be watching all of them this weekend.
    Rest in peace, John.

    August 7, 2009 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
  105. Tammy in IL

    John Hughes' movies kept me sane during the painful junion high and high school years and beyond when I was full of angst and short of friends. The impact of his movies on my life are indescribable. All I can say is – Thanks John. You saved my life and I will be forever grateful!

    August 7, 2009 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
  106. Mandy

    John Hughes had a huge effect on my generation (I'm 33). Hearts are broken across the world tonight. Not only is he responsible for my current love of film, but he's a big part of my heart. So few writers have the talent to speak directly to the soul of men and women alike- and Mr. Hughes broke into all of us as teenagers. I can't name a single friend that can't identify with one of his characters, or one who isn't still wrapped up in the magic that were his movies- I personally am still looking for my Jake Ryan 🙂

    August 7, 2009 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
  107. cindy

    Bueller... bueller.... bueller... I love that line. Mr Hughes captured what all teen-ages feel and go through in a funny and poignant way.
    Sixteen Candles and the wedding scene is still funny after seeing it a million times. I still get excited for Sam and Jake at the end.
    Breakfast Club .. the school was MY school Glenbrook North, the school I really went to, it was so cool.
    Mr. Hughes you brought an entire generation, no correct that many generations joy and for that we thank you !

    August 7, 2009 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
  108. shane

    Wierd Science was Val Kilmer's true coming out. Hughes gave him the room and inspiration to create an idyllic character that has stuck in my memory and imagination for over 20 years. And the all-time classic American family comedy: Vacation. Priceless. Wow, what an amazing legacy. Thank you John.

    August 7, 2009 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
  109. Brian

    Farmer Ted! Was there ever a finer moment than Duck and granpa's 'Automobile'? How about when Kelly LeBrock takes Gary home and meets his parents? Or the showering with jeans on? How about a young Jane Krakowski as cousin Vickie? The homemade ketchup? Christmas Vacation, I mean come on, Cousin Eddie's dickie? Every part of that movie is a treasure. How about the often overlooked Career Opportunities about being locked in a Tarjay but stalked by thieves? The Great Outdoors! My youth was written into these films somehow. I remember being at parties, then Weird Science would come on and the party literally stopped. And that was 1989. The Breakfast Club is the textbook example of life for a teen at that time. And now, there's always a jock. Always a princess. Always a nerd. Always a loner. And always a weirdo (now Goth?). Just a great mind for the times. Superbad reminded me of a John Hughes film. You had the jock (Michael Cera. The nerd (McLovin). The loner (Jonah Hill). A crazy sequence of events just to get to a party.

    August 7, 2009 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  110. MaryAnn

    Mr. Hughes,
    Your sense of humor was only surpassed by your empathy for the sadness of the human condition. I laughed my head off at your movies, and, at the same time, I bawled m head off when your characters were lonely. Uncle Buck really spoke to me, as did the McCallister family when they were separated.

    Rest In Peace, my friend. You will be missed.

    August 7, 2009 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
  111. D. Sidoti

    I actually have a t-shirt that reads "Jake Ryan is my other boyfriend". John Hughes' films helped me get through my teen years. We feel like we've lost a close friend. He knew us all, one way or another. Thank you for all the wonderful memories, Mr. Hughes. You will be missed.

    August 7, 2009 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
  112. troy

    John Hughes is over-rated, and that's why he didn't have any directing jobs later in life. He NEVER featured any African American or Hispanics in any of his films, and the only Asian he featured was ravaged with racist stereotypes. If you don't believe me, watch his films! They're all about white people doing white things. Not even non-whites in the background. John Hughes didn't represent the 1980's teen experience; he represented the 1980's WHITE teen experience. Sorry, but that's the truth.

    August 7, 2009 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  113. OD

    Hughes had an outstanding gift for dialogue, especially as it pertained to teenagers and the wealthy suburbs. His characters were often very honest caricature of the country's impossible fantasy for wealth and the American Dream.

    Nearly every single one of his heroes realized that they were not part of the false reality built around them. We identified most with the complete rejects and cast away in the middle class – people who by birthright have no right to complain, yet felt unfulfilled. By breaking away from the norm, the Individual always triumphed.

    John Hughes wrote great fables and tales with a bitter truth about what it meant to be successful in the western world. His work will forever capture the spirit of the time,

    August 7, 2009 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  114. mike

    For a long time through the 80's and the 90's it seemed like one out of every five movies was a John Hughes film. He was a prolific and talented writer and director with a long list of great movies. i used to watch Weird Science at least once a week for months....great . He will be missed.

    August 7, 2009 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  115. Big G

    I am so glad I grew up in the 80's. I cringe at the junk that teens have to grow up with now. "Reality" tv, and vapid teen movies like American Pie et al. being the standard fare anymore. John Hughes was able to do it intelligently and without sinking to the depths of modern day filmmakers who have to have "toilet" humor or sex in just about everything just to sustain the film. John Hughes was an empire unto his own.

    August 7, 2009 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  116. Kim

    Because of him I am still waiting for the day my crush to be waiting for me outside ...

    August 7, 2009 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  117. John Crow

    John Hughes' films made me want to make movies. They entertained people. They made people laugh. They moved and touched people in different ways. They did all of this and more for me.

    Scenes from Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and Weird Science will forever be replayed in my mind. You will be missed and your movies will live on! Thanks for touching my life, John Hughes.

    August 6, 2009 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  118. Paulina

    RIP John Hughes...his movies were so much a part of my teen years growing up in the 80's. I really identified with the Molly Ringwald character in Sixteen too busy to remember important b-day, in love with a gorgeous guy whose dating the most popular girl, obnoxious younger brother, etc. My all time favorite line is when Long Duk Dong drops Samantha off at home while he and "new sexy American girlfriend" go to a party, Samantha: "Great, Donger's here for 5 hours and he's got someone; I live here my whole life and I'm like a disease."

    By the way, I'm still looking for Jake Ryan....thanks John!

    August 6, 2009 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  119. Joe R

    Most of my movies turn out to be John Hughes movies. From Ferris Bueller to Uncle buck, I look forward to the scenes in these movies still to this day. I have most of the lines memorized but still enjoy being refreshed by them.

    Truely a sad day, the man was great at what he did, he made the most without special effects, and Steve Martin at the rental counter in Planes Trains and Automobiles takes the worst language and makes it hilarious. He was the best...

    August 6, 2009 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  120. J. Blaise

    I was saddened to learn of Mr. Hughes' passing today. Many scenes from his films have been flooding my mind since I heard the news. "Planes, Trains and Automobiles," "She's Having a Baby" and "National Lampoon's Family Vacation" remain my all time favorite movies. I probably see at least one if not all three at least a couple of times a year. Thanksgiving is not Thanksgiving at my house until I've seen "Planes...."

    My thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Hughes' family.


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  121. Jenny

    I was a teenager in the 80's and remember seeing 16 Candles, The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, etc in the theater. I, like everyone else, absolutely have to watch those shows when I catch them on TV. When videos first came out and we could rent them, I rented those movies and had my parents watch those movies with me. The best part was my parents really liked the movies and they, too, will watch them when they show up on the TV now (and will usually call me and tell me that they're on). Now my niece and her friends (who are teenagers) LOVE those movies, too, and watch them. They are classic movies that defintely cross the generations.

    My thoughts are with his family and loved ones.

    August 6, 2009 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  122. Charlie Larson

    I worked briefly with John Hughes when he was an advertising copy writer at Needham, Harper & Steers (Chicago) in the mid-1970's. We worked on the Betty Crocker account. John would come up with the absolute funniest, off-the-wall commercials I've ever seen. We would say: "That was really funny John, but Betty Crocker's image would shatter if they ran that spot".

    So, John left advertising and as they say: "The rest is history."

    RIP, John.

    Charlie Larson

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  123. Rob from Sac

    He truely defined my generation and how we lived our teen years. His movies still bring me happiness and a smile to my face. An 80's icon who will truely be missed. in piece my man.

    August 6, 2009 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  124. Scott

    Man, where do I start ...
    Long Duck Dong (she gettin mahried . Married ? Yes, mahried...Geesh).
    Farmer Ted (Jake that's a g*$% Rolls Royce Jake)
    Clark Griswold (This is your tent Edna)...

    God, maybe it's just my generation (i'm 42), but I love everything that man put out

    August 6, 2009 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  125. Ariel

    I was so upset to hear of Mr. Hughes' death. I watched Sixteen Candles last night, the Breakfast Club two weeks ago, and will drop everything to watch Weird Science whenever it is on TV. The parade scene in Ferris Bueller is one of the happiest that I've ever seen and I always cry as the kids cross the streets holding hands. When I'm sad I say, "Let my Cameron GOOOO" and I never miss Pretty in Pink, ever. Thank you, Mr. Hughes. Thank you for giving us the quotes that will last for a lifetime and beyond. Teenage movies today don't even come close to comparing. I'm so thankful you were writing when I was in high school! Jake Ryan: "Don't have a cow" Ferris Bueller principal: "9 Times" the students "Save Ferris" Weird Science: "They're catatonic in a closet!" Pretty in Pink: "I always believed in you, I just didn't believe in me." Breakfast Club: "We accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it is that we did wrong. But we think you're crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us: in the simplest terms and the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is . . .

    a brain.

    And an athlete.

    And a basket case.

    A princess.

    And a criminal.

    Does that answer your question?

    Sincerely yours, The Breakfast Club.

    THANK YOU JOHN HUGHES! Rest in Peace.


    August 6, 2009 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  126. Peter

    I am 16, and I am a tremendous fan of his work – so are many of my friends. It truly says something that his teen films still resonate with youth twenty years later. R.I.P. Thank you for giving us such amazing films to enjoy!

    August 6, 2009 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  127. Aaron

    Wow! How sad to learn of his death. John not only had the teen/comedy film genre dialed in but he had a knack for finding the perfect actors for his roles. John Cusack, Molly, McCauley, Emelio, I mean, the list of actors he catapulted to stardom could go on and on. Hollywood indeed has lost a legend today.

    August 6, 2009 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  128. Coadybear

    "There are exits located at either end of the library."

    "There aren't many women in contemporary American society who would loan their underpants to a geek like me"

    "The Donger need food"

    "Anybody with a haircut like that's gotta be an a**hole"


    RIP John.

    August 6, 2009 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  129. UUUnicorn

    Thank you Mr. Hughes, and bless you for making the movies of my teenage years (in the eighties).

    Requiescat In Pace (R.I.P.), and thanks again.


    August 6, 2009 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  130. Bill

    The film maker of my generation. He captured the difficulties of adolescence like no other writer. He made the awkward years of growing up funnier and easier. He will be truly missed.

    August 6, 2009 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  131. Erik

    Growing up in the Chicago suburbs, my friends and I in high school would occasionally skip school for "Ferris Days" where we would try and do what he did in the movie, like Cubs games, the Art Institute, parades. Never got to a snooty French restaurant, though. Also never had access to the 1961 Ferrari 250GT California. Still remember that off the top of my head.

    Truly a sad day. Most filmmakers would consider theirs a succussful career if they made one, maybe two movies that have the kind of quality, rewatchability and cultural legacy. A remarkable talent, a remarkable man. RIP, John Hughes.

    August 6, 2009 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  132. 'TCB' Tighe C. Bowers

    I'm 25 years old and have fond memories of staying up late at night watching John Hughes' movies with friends at slumber parties.

    I love them all, though 'Sixteen Candles' and 'The Breakfast Club' will always be the ones of most sentimental meaning and value to me!

    Hughes is one of the "All Time Great 80s Icons" and a "True American Legend!"

    August 6, 2009 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  133. AnnieByTheBay

    I grew up in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, on the same block as John and his family. The families he later reflected in his movies were like the one he had seen at home, with good parents, challenging siblings and a comfortable existence with challenges and humour.
    My deepest sympathy to his family.
    His work was terrific and will live forever.

    August 6, 2009 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  134. Will

    Another part of my youth is gone. I discovered The Breakfast Club as a college freshman and learned that someone understood what I went through in high school (wanted to be Bender, but was definitely Brian). I returned to watch that movie 33 times. Cured a lot of loneliness and I think, helped me to try to see more in people than what the stereotypes tell me to. Thank you Mr. Hughes for a lot of wonderful stories.

    August 6, 2009 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  135. Pam

    Numerous celebrities have died recently. Of them all,hearing of John Hughes, saddens me the most. Obviously, I never knew him, but I am a teen of the 80's and I loved his movies. I watch them to this day every time they come on TV. I have a 13 y/o and she enjoys them even now just as I do......she can relate 20+ years later to the themes. John Hughes movies will always stand the test of time. He was a great talent. RIP.

    August 6, 2009 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  136. wow.

    Can't imagine my teenage years without John Hughes. The conversations I had with my friends about John Hughes movies, could have been a John Hughes movie. His influence is speckled all over my life.

    August 6, 2009 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  137. stacy

    I am so sad to hear about John Hughes passing. For the past ten years my friends and I have spent one weekend a month watching some of out favorite movies, and a John Hughes film or two always found its way into the mix! What a summer this has been I don't think that anyone who was around to truly appreciate these icons (John Hughes, Michael Jackson, and Farrah Fawcett) while they were at their height can take much more...RIP to all. Your contributions will last and be treasured forever!!!!

    August 6, 2009 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  138. Betty Reeves

    I had the pleasure of meeting John Hughes parents in Lexington Kentucky in 1998. They were so proud of him and his family. They were kind, thoughtful and not at all pretentious. He came from parents who had accomplishments of their own worth bragging about but they did not. In fact, had I not noticed movie posters hanging in their home and asked them about them, they would not have shared those facts. They were that humble and grateful for how blessed they were. He created several movies I still watch with pleasure and will remember the rest of my life.

    August 6, 2009 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  139. pam

    I loved all of his movies, but one that I really related too as a teen in the eighties is Pretty in Pink. You can always enjoy these movies, no matter what part of the movie you tune into. His genius will be missed.

    August 6, 2009 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  140. Susanne in Jamaica

    As a teen of the 80's living in Jamaica John Hughes movies were also a big part of my life. His movies were so good I could watch them over and over and over and never be tired of them. I watched them all. The characters were relateable and unforgetabble.

    Sixteen Candles was just hillarious. Breakfast Club made me more mindful of my peers – I was more careful to treat everyone compassionately as we really are looking for the same happiness; that has stuck with me to this day: "Don't You Forget About Me." Ferris Bueller still reminds me to take the time to appreciate life sometimes, it still is laugh out loud funny to me.

    Looking at his filmography, he amassed an amazingly successful body of work. His teen films are insightful classics that got to the heart of what it was to be a teenager.

    I still watch his movies whenever they're on and in the future will watch them with my kids.

    Thanks for the memories John Jughes.

    August 6, 2009 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  141. Mort

    Having been born in 1970, I've been very lucky seeing movies released at the perfect time.

    I saw Star Wars in 1977 when I was seven (the perfect age to see Star Wars), and in 1986 I was 16 when I saw Ferris Buellers Day Off (the perfect age to see Ferris). Ferris is just so iconic. It's *the* film that represents being a teen in the 80's. And the humor still stands up so well today.

    August 6, 2009 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  142. JR

    His movies have been a part of my life and will be forever... A true genius, he will be missed... I wish he would of had a comeback now that everyone is remaking 80s era subject matter.

    August 6, 2009 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  143. Greg

    I was teenager when Sixteen Candles came out and I still watch every time it's on. Hughes was part of my teenage years. I wanted to be one of his characters. Unfortunately it wasn't Jake Ryan it was the geek. I was in love with Molly Ringwald. To this day one of my favorite movies is Uncle Buck. There will never be another John Hughes.

    August 6, 2009 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  144. Jim

    John Hughes had his finger on the pulse of a generation...he had so many hits that it just staggers me. So sad to lose him. He was a welcome breath of fresh air in an ugly decade of greed and need. If only today's movies could be one-tenth as fun as his were. But I have the memories, safe and sound, in my DVD collection.

    August 6, 2009 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  145. Mr Tuch

    I was in my early teens during Hughes's amazing run in the mid-80's. I remember watching the Breakfast Club scene when all the characters dance in the library to blow off steam before my own school dances because I had no idea how to dance yet. I remember watching, over and over, the scene from Wierd Science when Gary is drunk in the blues bar and car ride home, and repeating it verbatim at school for a laugh. I remember laughing with my parents at scenes from Planes, Trains, and Automobiles ("Those aren't pillows!"). I have watched Sixteen Candles (my favorite) so many times I cannot count them, including one of the first 'date nights' I had (years after it came out) with the woman I later married. The scene with Farmer Ted and Jake Ryan, post-party, discussing women while mixing drinks is simply perfection. To this day, I still include sporadic quotes from Sixteen Candles ("Fresh breath is a priority in my life"), Vacation ("Fifty yards..."), and European Vacation ("He might pork her, Russ, just eat your breakfast...") as part of 'my' lingo. I am now the age (35) when Hughes was during this incredible run of film making. In retrospect, it is hard to imagine how, at that age, he could have understood so well the poetic, comedic, awkward, self-discovering beauty of teenage life in a way that enabled him to paint in in celluloid for all of us to absorb, relate to, and replay throughout our lives. In my lifetime, very few individuals in American cinema (Steven Spielberg, John Williams, George Lucas, perhaps a few actors) have placed such an indelible mark on me and everyone in my generation. I was saddened to hear of his loss, yet another recent one among the icons of my 'youth' as an 80's teen, and my wife and I celebrated his life, his art, and his memory tonight by curling up on the couch, enjoying a bucket of real movie popcorn, and re-screening Wierd Science. RIP John Hughes. You will be missed.

    August 6, 2009 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  146. Marci

    I too was a teenager in the 80's. My sister took me to see Sixteen Candles on my sixteenth birthday. It was a bonding experience. I eagerly awaited all of his movie releases. His movies are all in my video collection even today. Sad a part of my childhood is gone.

    August 6, 2009 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  147. Anya

    He and Candy are whoopin it up now!

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  148. Giovanni Torre


    I was born in 1979 in Australia – we all loved his work through the 1980s and beyond. Seriously a much-loved figure by so many people.

    Just the other night I was discussing him with a film buff around my age – His films are such a part of the collective memory of our youth.

    God bless Mr Hughes, all the best to his family.

    Thanks for everything.

    August 6, 2009 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  149. mel90210

    I don't know how he did it, but he totally scripted my teenage years. I think I survived high school because of him. God bless his genius and insight - I'm so glad I have his movies to watch again and again.

    August 6, 2009 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  150. Jerre

    How bittersweet that Molly Ringwald (who came to fame in John Hughes' films) has given birth to twins at the time of John Hughes passing. While I'm sure many think of him for his Brat Pack films - I will always remember his touching portrayal of friendship between the Steve Martin and John Candy characters in "Planes, Trains and Automobiles." Rest in Peace, John Hughes.

    August 6, 2009 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  151. Johnny Law

    I was 17 when "Some Kind Of Wonderful" came out in 1987. I had a huge crush on Mary Stuart Masterson at the time. I was a sucker for that short blond hair of hers. Loved that movie. I was glad to see her go on to do many more movies.

    August 6, 2009 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  152. Brian

    I'm surprised no one mentioned Weird Science. Ferris Bueller was my absolute favorite though. I still quote some that movie to this day.

    August 6, 2009 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  153. MoodyBlue

    Maybe I'm just a sucker for the F-word, but the car rental counter scene in Planes, Tranes... is one of the funniest moments I've ever experienced in movies. My goodness, how could one watch Home Alone and not experience such a wide range of emotions – a hilarious movie which truly exuded the ultimate warm, fuzzy feeling. I'm from Northbrook, IL as John Hughes was, and he really captured the essence of growing up back then. Good-bye my friend.

    August 6, 2009 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  154. Keaton D.

    What do you mean he had 15 minutes of fame? He had more than 15 years of fame.

    August 6, 2009 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  155. William B.

    Let´s celebrate the life of a talented director gone too soon, who really understood and wisely portrayed a whole generation. His films will live on the memories of countless fans around the world....

    As in the last scene of Breakfast Club, freeze on Judd Nelson with his fist on the air and music starts: Don´t you forget about me......

    August 6, 2009 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  156. Katarina

    What an Icon. I loved all those movies. I am now making my kids watch them. I hope his family knows how many people he touched. What a wonderful soul. I'm glad he left so much behind for us to enjoy.

    August 6, 2009 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  157. Mike

    "Planes, Trains & Automobiles" – I never saw a comedy before or since that was as funny, entertaining, and yet smarter than a whip, particularly with the jolt-to-reality in it's very final scenes.
    So sorry we have lost such a genius at the tender age of 59,

    August 6, 2009 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  158. Buck

    I really like "Uncle Buck"–a feel good movie to me. How estranged relatives (Buck & his niece) finally connect & all the funny episodes in between. He will be sorely missed & I feel a movie marathon of Mr. Hughes flicks coming on. Thanks for the great memories, John.

    August 6, 2009 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  159. Darrell

    I have had the pleasure to meet both John and Nancy and you couldn't know two nicer people. My thoughts are with his family at this sad time. He will be missed.

    August 6, 2009 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  160. Peter in Hong Kong

    His films truly span the generation gaps. A witty writer and director who gave teenagers a lot cheer about when we were growing up. I don't remember too many films from my times but the films he did were always fresh in my mind. The classic films will always be classic and Mr. Hughes sure did a variety of them through to this day. Blessings his family.

    August 6, 2009 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  161. carol

    I grew into my teenage years with his movies and his passing is a loss to generations to come. They are timeless and will be passed on as classics. God Bless, JH.

    August 6, 2009 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  162. Jen

    My friends and I knew every single word to The Breakfast Club, when we were young teens. We watched it over and over and over. (taped it from the tv, when we got our first VCR!)
    It was our very own "Rocky Horror".

    Even as a teen, when I'd watch a movie and "A John Hughes Film" came across the screen during the opening credits, I immediately knew that this would be a GREAT movie.

    The way he identified with teens was amazing. He gave us meaning WE didn't even know we had in those days.

    I'm so sad and bummed that he's gone, and so young.
    He will definately live on in us 80's teens, and I'll be showing all those favorites to my kids. (I've already started, actually.)


    August 6, 2009 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  163. Brandyn

    What a sad day. There is not ONE of John Hughes films that I have not seen MULTIPLE times. I love them all. They remind me of my childhood and bring back so many fond memories.

    August 6, 2009 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  164. Kevin

    It is a sad day for all of us : family, friends, and fans. John's movies meant SO MUCH to SO MANY. He made being a teenager more bearable and it was great to see someone out there actually DID understand. He played no favorites (except for maybe the underdog) and showed a remarkable depth of compassion for all of his characters.
    We LOVE your movies and we will all miss you John. Thank you!

    August 6, 2009 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  165. Marlon99x

    OMG on the way home I heard the news on the radio driving from work in traffic. The Atlanta DJ Dave FM played the soundtracks from "Pretty in Pink" ,and my favorite "Dont forget about me" . "If you leave" by OMD. I grew up with this stuff in my teens. John Hughes has touched many teens in the 80's era ,and I am one of them..Ummm I was "Duckie" from "Sixteen Candles" I did dressed like that in high school. This was a man impacted on all the teens in the 80's. Films back then as well as the music had a true meaning behind it; In contrast ,to the modern music today. God Speed John Hughes. You were a good artist in your movies that you made and created. I am really glad I experienced it in this life time your a classic icon of the 80's forever.

    August 6, 2009 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  166. JV

    I had never heard of John Hughes before I stayed at his house in 1984 and watched the closing ceremonies of the L.A. Olympics. I became a quick fan of ALL of his work and couldn't wait for the next picture to come out. My friend who personally knew the family said that they were all great and just "real people". Thank you Mr. Hughes and my prayers go out to his family!

    August 6, 2009 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  167. Miranda

    John Hughes WAS the eighties. Every single one of his movies epitomized the decade, and can be mirrored so easily into every decade since and from here on. Every single person can identify with at least one of his characters, from the social outcast, to the high school jocks, to the dads that want to take their kids away on a perfect vacation, to the teenagers dealing with puberty, to the girls that like the rich boys that are out of their league, and so on. John Hughes was so much more than a writer, director, and producer. He was the voice of my generation. I am so deeply saddened by his passing. It's like another piece of my youth has died today.
    "His name is Blane? Oh! That's a major appliance, that's not a name!"
    -Duckie Dale, Pretty In Pink
    And I can't sign off until I also remind of the memorable record store scene from Pretty In Pink, with Duckie lip syncing to Annie Potts 'Try A Little Tenderness'. I always wanted a 'Duckie' of my own.

    August 6, 2009 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  168. dave in va

    I was vey saddened to hear of the passing of john hughes today. I will never forget the saturday afternoon watching The Breakfast Club as a 16 year old student.I walked out of the movies that day in total awe of what i had just seen.Mr. hughes movies stand the test of time.As a 41 year old father of 4 young children i look forward to enjoying these movies for years to come.They will live forever...Thank you for what you gave us Mr. Hughes..R.I.P

    August 6, 2009 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  169. Cathryn Garlitz

    John Hughes is known in my life as my very first love and my very first kiss. I can still feel his touch 46 years later. We both lived in Northbrook Illinois. I kept his golf glove in my jewelry box for years. His close friends, Jackie Peterson and Lyle Waterman were portrayed in many of his movies. I loved how he interpreted what was happening in his real life into the silver screen. I will always hold a candle in my heart for him.

    August 6, 2009 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  170. Mike

    "And these children that you spit on and they try to change their worlds, are immune to your consultations. They are quite aware of
    what they are going through!"-David Bowie

    Thank you for all the great movies!

    Rest in Peace

    August 6, 2009 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  171. JoJo

    Dear John Hughes:
    I spent so much time watching your movies over and over again.
    It was the one thing my whole family could watch together.
    My Dad would play his 45 of "Try a Little Tenderness' (Otis Redding)
    after watching "Pretty In Pink". I would watch "Trains, Planes, and Automobiles" during my Christmas break during college.
    Oh and "Mr. Mom"- I laugh everytime I watch that flick.
    Breakfast Club was a movie that hit me so well that I will stop everything to watch that movie when it's airing on TV. I ran out and bought the cassette to listen to that soundtrack.

    Thank you so much for all the laughter Mr. hughes!
    Thanks for making movies I can relate to and are nothing
    but pure joy and laughter.


    August 6, 2009 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  172. Lisa Hollands

    I was fortunate to be a teenager growing up in the 1980s... Pretty in Pink & Sixteen Candles were especially great – I was even told that I looked like Molly Ringwald – tho I had brown hair (at the time!), and, Ferris Bueller's Day Off is yet another classic, plus the many other movies this talented director/writer created! John Hughes' movies have always been my favorite and remain so, now more than ever!!

    My condolences to Mr. Hughes' family & friends ...

    August 6, 2009 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  173. Donna

    Thank you Mr. Hughes for introducing me to Jake Ryan, John Bender, Ferris Bueller, and Blaine & Ducky. You influenced and molded my youth. Rest in peace sir. My thoughts are with your family and friends.

    August 6, 2009 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  174. tom Shelly

    Anthony Michael Hall's "fearless nerd" in SIXTEEN CANDLES is one of the greatest film characters of all time.

    August 6, 2009 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  175. Mary B.

    These films don't exist in a vacuum. Teens of today love them as much as we did. They quote them as much as I do and they "get" the teen angst of The Breakfast Club and the irony of Ferris Bueller. These movies are classics that close the generation gap!

    August 6, 2009 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  176. Amy

    RIP, Mr. Hughes. I loved your movies. "breakfast Club" and Pretty in Pink were my favorites. I dated somebody a lot like Duckie in high school and it's awesome to go back and relive it through John Hughes' work.

    August 6, 2009 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  177. Lisa

    I'm saddened by the death of John Hughes. I was a teenager when his movies came out. I loved them then and I still love them now. My favorite is The Breakfast Club. I saw it in the theater with my first love
    and when I watch it now it brings back so many wonderful memories. Now, my 17 yr old daughter is a big John Hughes fan. When she plays the dvd of The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, and Sixteen Candles I have to drop everything I'm doing and watch it too. When I told my daughter about his passing she said he was just like a part of the family. Thanks Mr. Hughes for bringing much happiness and laughter into our lives.. P.S. Don't YouForget About Me (Breakfast Cub theme)We will never forget about you!

    August 6, 2009 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  178. Matt

    As a lifelong Midwesterner, Hughes' love of Chicago as a setting really connected with me on a deep level. When so many movie kids roamed the endlessly sunny roads of the California suburbs, his kids lived on streets that looked like my street in my town, with characters that I felt like I knew! Ferris Bueller, you're my hero...

    August 6, 2009 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  179. donan54

    OMG! I just realised that this wonderful genius was also responsible for the "Vacation" movies as well as "Planes, Trains & Automobiles"! What a legacy! Our sincere condolences to the family. They can rest assured that Mr. Hughes will live on forever – in his films, in his words, and always in our memories and our hearts. Thank you for so much Mr. Hughes. Bless you and RIP.

    August 6, 2009 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  180. SmartyGuy

    There was that final scene after the end credits were over in "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles" and I laughed and laughed. All the way to my car in fact. I never laughed walking out of a movie theater before, or since. RIP John Hughes.

    August 6, 2009 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  181. Stu

    One of my fondest memories of a John Hughes movie was when my wife and I lived in a small town in 1984. The only thing to do in that town on weekends was go to the local drive-in. We got bored and went to see a film we had never heard of–Sixteen Candles. We laughed so hard the people in the cars next to us must have thought we were nuts! Every time that movie comes on the tube we drop everything and see it again.

    Thanks, John for the great memories, great movies, and great observations. Godspeed. We will always love your films.

    August 6, 2009 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  182. BigDave

    Watched Ferris a few weeks ago with my 11 year-old. Maybe 'cuz I'm 45 and feeling quite nostalgic these days, but am really, really saddened by the news of John Hughes' death. My favourite (note spelling) was Uncle Buck, starring Canadian John Candy. RIP, John and thank you, thank you, thank you for leaving us with those many classics that help us (or me, at least) so very fondly remember our teens and twenties.

    August 6, 2009 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  183. jac

    I always wished I could have gone to John Hughes' High School.

    August 6, 2009 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  184. Gratonavich S

    John Hughes was a genius. Breakfast Club is quotable from beginning to end.

    Planes Trains and Automobiles is heartbreaking

    Ferris B., Pretty in Pink, Some Kind of Wonderful, Sixteen Candles, Home Alone, all of them are just watchable, commercial classics. They say great movies should have 2-3 memorable moments in them, Hughes' films had like 20 memorable moments in each of them.

    Thank You for the memories John.

    August 6, 2009 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  185. Kelly

    "And in the end, I realized that I took more than I gave, I was trusted more than I trusted, and I was loved more than I loved. And what I was looking for was not to be found but to be made."

    from "She's Having a Baby"

    He had to have been a very warm human being to have written such lovely words.

    August 6, 2009 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  186. Karri

    I can't even explain how upset I am by his death. I grew up with his movies (especially Ferris Bueller's Day Off, which has always been my favorite, and oddly enough, I watched last night). That movie literally saved my life in some of the harder times. The characters, especially Cameron, were people I could really relate to. The fact that 20 or so years later, a new generation can watch these movies and be as entertained as people were when they first came out really speaks to how good of a director he was. Rest in peace, and damn it, people really need to stop dying.

    August 6, 2009 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  187. Mohan

    I am stunned and deeply saddened by the sudden passing of John Hughes. As so many of you so poignantly put it, John Hughes is the single most influential director for me and other teens in the 1980s. The striking scripts of his movies and the entirely familiar characters were the movie and sound tracks of my life in far away India in the 80s as I grew up through highschool and college. I am gripped by his movies making genius as much today as I was in the beloved 80s!

    August 6, 2009 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  188. Katsimms

    John Hughes movies became the to watch movies of the 80's. But, Those of us who were in high school in the 70's deeply connected. Things in this country did not change with our youth until the 90's. I also related deeply to the Chicago area locations. I was born there and relocated. I am forever grateful for Bueller, Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Home Alone, etc. I shared them with my kids (in their early 30's) and I will share them with my young grandchildren when they are old enough. I send condolences to Mr. Hughes family.

    August 6, 2009 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  189. Susan

    I will never forget taking my children to see the first Home Alone movie and how much we laughed. It was a family tradition for years afterward to watch it on Christmas Eve. I also loved Sixteen Candles and Weird Science.

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  190. Jacob

    The first time I saw Ferris Beuller's Day Off, I laughed myself out of the chair I was sitting on. It still remains the number one movie in my book. I could always relate to Cameron because I know what it's like to have a father like his and I always admired Ferris because he just went out there and lived life despite whatever. The best film ever made for me. Thank you.

    August 6, 2009 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  191. Gregg

    Thank you Mr Hughes for making us stop and making us look around because life moves pretty fast. I grew up with his movies and now I am a teacher and I see all these stereotypes that have been protrayed in his movies. ( I am glad that sagging pants werent the "in" thing). I am so glad that we have his movies to help us relaize what a brilliant man he was and that he could entertain and educate at the same time.

    August 6, 2009 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  192. Ben

    I remember watching Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles on HBO and seeing Ferris Bueller in the theater. These movies left an indelible mark upon me and 'colored' my view of growing up. Who didn't want to be Ferris? How many people identified with the geeks in both Sixteen Candles and Breakfast Club and realized that you didn't have to remain in those roles and would grow out of them? I still remember laughing at the 'THOSE AREN'T PILLOWS!!!' scene with my family (planes, trains, autos). And Hughes had such a knack for placing music from obscure bands into just the right places. It doesn't surprise me that he literally made several bands careers and introduced swaths of fans to entirely new genres of music. The 'If You Were Here' by the Thompson Twins scene at the end of Sixteen Candles will always be my fav. Good luck John, wherever you are. Thanks for sharing with us.

    August 6, 2009 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  193. Israel DeLeon

    I wasn't sure whether to believe if this article was true or if it was a trick. As I look at every DVD I own of this talented director, I can flash back to the days when I was a teenager always looking foward to going out to the movies to see one of his films. He left such a great legecy for us, and his movies will always be the best out there. No matter how many times we watch the Breakfast Club or Sixteen Candles, we can never get tired of watching these flix. Not only were they entertaining, but sure as hell were funny too. I even have my kids watching these movies too, and they like them as well as my wife, and I do. Rest in Peace John. You're always be a great part of my teenage life.

    August 6, 2009 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  194. Sharon

    My husband and I saw Uncle Buck on our second date. We still quote it when necessary... "Here is a quarter now go downtown and have a rat gnaw that thing off your face." Each one of his movies has such lasting value. I true icon has passed. He will be missed!

    August 6, 2009 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  195. Linda Oliver

    I can't believe that the mind and heart that gave us "Ferris Bueller's Day Off", "Uncle Buck", "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles" and the "Home Alone" movies is gone. It doesn't seem right. He helped me appreciate "dreamers and silly hearts", and the fact that life is short, look around once in a while or I could miss it. I give thanks that we had him and that he shared; may God be good to him.

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  196. Karl Huddleston

    I was so bummed – I left work early! There will never be another John Hughes... At least now he can hang out again with his old pal John Candy.
    God bless you John. You were one of two things that made the 80's the greatest decade of all time! Movies and Music.

    And you knew how to combine the two with perfection.

    Cheers my friend.

    August 6, 2009 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  197. Lynne

    John Hughes will live on forever, as there will always be a teenager that his movies will touch.
    All of my kids have watched his films with me on DVD, and they relate to the movies just as much as I did–and I saw them in the theaters!!
    God Bless John for making us feel like we belonged in the situations we were in–I know for a fact it saved my sanity on a number of occasions!!

    August 6, 2009 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  198. Erica

    Hughes' movies offered humor and hope amidst confirming that "Yah, life can be like that." I was a suburban teen in the 80's leading a somewhat sheltered life with mentally ill parents. Despite the sometimes corny setups or Hollywood endings, I could see the truth come through and feel comforted.

    Thank you for that, John!

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  199. Guy W., Austin

    Sad for Hughes's family and friends that he is too soon departed, but audiences are blessed to have his work completed–and what a body of work. He is a Titan in comedic cinema, up there with the greatest. He wrote, directed, and/or produced so many films that bring pure pleasure when watched over and over. Every Hughes fan has his or her own list of favorites–in itself a tribute to the breadth and richness of his work. My personal top 3 in which he did it all (wrote, produced, directed): Planes, Trains; Sixteen Candles; Ferris. These deserve to be ranked among the 25 best film comedies of all time.

    August 6, 2009 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  200. Suzi

    As a child and even today "Vacation" has been the film to watch....I believe i know most of the lines. My sister and I passed down the love to our cousins. My two year old daughter is in love with Kevin from Home Alone. I get a request from her to watch the film on an almost daily basis....RIP John Hughes....your movies are a classic and I am sad to hear of your passing.

    August 6, 2009 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  201. philip Corcos

    There goes the rest of our innocence and childhood- i grew up with his films-breakfast club changed my life-i became a film buff thanks to John Hughes- How sad that all the great icons of the past are all passing at the same time (Michael jackson-farrah fawcett) what is going ON? and now we have to liv e with the garbage that Hollywood churns out day after day.

    August 6, 2009 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  202. Bobbie

    So, ok....Hughes had probably the biggest impact on my life with respect to a period of time, than any other filmmaker. I suppose you could tell by the way I started this post!

    That was just it...his work was more than just 'a movie'; it was a watershed that shaped the way we talked, thought and acted in our daily lives. I still (at 40), will watch all of his titles whenever they're on TV, no matter what-as if I've never seen them. I know the dialogue, the characters and all of their angst-ridden lives as if they were my own-and in a way, they were. What girl at 15/16 didn't totally identify with Molly Ringwald's obsession/crush with the beautiful, but seemingly untouchable Jake Ryan?

    I honestly can't pick a favorite...but let me just add that my brothers used to call me (and still do) 'Molly Ringwald' along with my husband!
    I take it as a real compliment!

    And may I say, that as an African American fan, I was always unnerved about the focus paid to the complaint that his stories and characterizations were not inclusive and somewhat exclusive to one 'experience'. That was not at all true, I always felt that his storytelling contained a set of universal themes that no matter, who you were, or where you were, you could find in them someone or something you could relate to.

    I will miss him sorely-he, along with Michael Jackson-were cornerstones in my teenage life.

    RIP Mr. Hughes-God bless you.

    August 6, 2009 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  203. Barbara

    Hughes' movies were among the first movies we owned back in the days of video disks. My adolescent sons and their friends watched them over and over and over again. And the "'vacation" movies were facorites with us all. Good entertainment for all!

    August 6, 2009 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  204. Amy

    It doesn't seem possible for John Hughes to be gone. He's one of those people you just assume will always be around, kind of like when you were a child thinking your parents would live forever. I still can't watch the end of "She's Having a Baby" without sobbing uncontrollably, even though I know the ending.
    Here was someone who really knew the teenage mind and heart. He will always be remembered for his amazing sense of humor and beautiful understanding of what is was like to try and survive adolescence.

    August 6, 2009 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  205. Rachel

    Thank you, John, for the movies of my youth. Not a week goes by without a quote from one of them being thrown around my group of friends. I, like Silent Bob and Jay, was disappointed to find out that Shermer never really existed. 🙂

    August 6, 2009 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  206. Jen Ray

    Breakfast Club is my all-time favorite movie. "Here's my impression of life at Big Bri's house." 'Dear?' 'Yeah, Mom?' How's school today, dear?" Great, Mom!... 'Isn't life swell?"


    So sad to hear a great one has gone again. RIP, John.

    August 6, 2009 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  207. Kim

    Wow. While Breakfast Club was such an important and beautifully made film- I will always LOVE Some Kind of Wonderful.What a smart way to discuss the cattiness and craziness of high school and all that that implies.

    He created a brand of his type of movie- A John Hughes Film- and that is the ultimate testiment to how regarded he was.

    Thanks for helping guide my through some pretty tricky years of life, John. Prayers to your family

    August 6, 2009 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  208. Richard

    I feel truly sad that we lost a man who was in a class all by himself. Thank you Mr.Hughes for giving us the gift of laughter in times when we were worried about nuclear war and the like.

    My condolences to the family.

    August 6, 2009 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  209. Lori

    I love all of his films, but my utmost favorite was "Sixteen Candles." This movie came out when I was around the same age. It was like watching my crazy life on the big screen, and wishing that Jake Ryan would show up on my front door with his red Porsche. John Hughes inspired me to get my Master's in Film Directing, and my own work is a version of teenage life today. He inspired me to want to tell terrific stories about life, love, and the pursuit of finding one's self. He will be very missed!

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  210. Deb

    Just like Melanie, I too was in a boarding school in England. The movies were not only a real-life picture of teenage angst, dreams and fears but it gave us a picture of life in the States – it is still unbelievable to me that HS in The Breakfast Club. He showed not only three dimensional characters but there was so much thought put into the surrounding picture – the school, home, posters, etc. What a creative master!

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  211. Mimi

    He was definitely my Fav director. I loved ALL his movies. I have been starting a collection of 80's movies for my daughter (16 candles, pretty in pink, the breakfast club, etc), movies that we watch together for mommy/daughter movie nights! sad to see him pass.
    RIP John!

    August 6, 2009 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  212. Amy

    In high school, my best friend and I watched The Breakfast Club every chance we got. We memorized every line and worked them into everyday conversation. John Hughes will be missed.

    August 6, 2009 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  213. Shelly

    I was 30 + years old during Hughes' amazine run of films in the 80's.
    While they were "teen themed" movies, I loved every one of them and still stop to watch them again and again when I'm channel surfing. My two grown daughters and I love to recite dialog along with the characters from all of them!! My favorite is The Breakfast Club. Andy, Brian, Johnny, Claire and Allison are kids that we all knew in school.
    Breakfast Club smacked us in the head with a reminder that we all shared the same joys, sadnesses, hopes and fears regardless of looks, intellect, athletic ability or what kind of a house we lived in. In the words of Brian Johnson's perfect essay . . . . "what we found out is that each of us is a brain and an athelete, a basket-case, a princess and a criminal." Good Stuff. Important and timeless. The Breakfast Club should be required viewing for every high school freshman in America. Thank you John Hughes.

    August 6, 2009 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  214. Sue

    The Breakfast Club came out when I was a senior in high school and I saw it with some jocks. They squirmed the whole time and I like to think they learned something; I know I did. RIP Mr. Hughes, and thanks for the great films

    August 6, 2009 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  215. Stefanie

    We are so sad about this as Sixteen Candles has a special place in my heart. My mom and I used to watch that over and over in the late 80's while we ate cheese and crackers on the tv trays. It was such a big deal when it came on tv. My friends and I know ever line and spend most of the time talking over the movie. This guy was a genius when he represented the kids of the 80's. He will be missed.

    August 6, 2009 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  216. Melanie

    I'm wearing a Sixteen Candles t-shirt today, ironically.

    So sad. His movies were such a part of my teenage years in boarding school in England.

    August 6, 2009 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  217. NJ

    My husband and I met John Hughes parents on a flight to Paris (we were on our honeymoon). It was almost 19 years ago. We both remember thinking, after meeting them, that's where he gets it – the humor and outlook on life. What a talent, what a loss . . .

    August 6, 2009 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  218. el

    Whenever I was down, or sick in bed, I would put "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and I would immediately feel better. It would make me laugh.
    Tonight, I again put the movie on, but with a pang of sadness, at the passing of one of my favorite Directors, Mr John Hughes.
    Thank You for all your laughs Sir

    August 6, 2009 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  219. donan54

    RIP Mr. Hughes!
    By the time most of his teen movies came along, I was already married and had kids. But the movie, "She's Having A Baby" struck me as being so relevant and so funny, I continue to watch it every chance I get ! I had both my sons watch it as well – to prepare them for their turns at fatherhood!
    I have seen and enjoy his other movies, but this one will stick with me forever!
    Another icon from my life gone way too soon!

    August 6, 2009 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  220. evan

    "Automobile? AUTOMOBILE....?????"

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  221. Liz

    My favorite memory is the wedding scene from Sixteen Candles. I loved her walk down the aisle and sitting down with the guests. Still one of the funniest weddings I've ever seen on film.

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  222. Cyndi

    Breakfast Club should be required watching for every high school freshman; an excellent portrait of what high school is like, and how not to let it ruin your life! Thanks, John, for all of your fine films (Auto-mo-bileeeee?) – Godspeed!

    August 6, 2009 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  223. Bruce Hutton

    I am stunned that he's gone. In Wenatchee, WA, in winter 1984, I went on a date to see the Jeff Goldblum comedy "Into The Night," but the girl I was with wanted to see some movie called "The Breakfast Club," starring nobody I'd ever heard of. What the hell ever, I thought, and went in....I came out two hours later a changed human being. John Hughes taught me the difference between simple entertainment and real art, the difference between stereotypical stock characters and three-dimensional human beings who live in your mind and heart afterwards. I saw "TBC" ten times in the theater. I knew the lines so well I wrote the entire script from memory in a notebook while I was bored one afternoon in college. I've missed his work on the screen the last few years, but he did so much for my generation that I simply wished him an enjoyable retirement and let it go at that. I cannot, cannot believe he's really gone. God, I'll miss him.

    August 6, 2009 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  224. Jonesy

    Ferris Bueller's Day Off had a very large effect on me. It made me realize that sometimes toeing the line and following the rules can stop an individual from fully living life. It also made me realize that there was a lot a teenager could get away with!

    August 6, 2009 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  225. C

    to this day, my brother's and I quote sixteen candles and have whole conversations around movie quotes, drives our mother crazy

    August 6, 2009 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  226. terpru

    OMG.....another icon of my youth is gone. To this day 16 Candles and Pretty in Pink are my all time favorite movies. And you failed to mention 1989's Uncle Buck. Another classic!! They just don't make em like that anymore....RIP John Hughes...

    August 6, 2009 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  227. Jim

    I didn't see these movies until they were on tv. Most of my 80's were spent getting crushed in school. I wish I could have seen them when the first came out. I think I got a major crush on Mary Stuart Masterson for Some Kind of Wonderful. Ferris Bueller is the 80's version of Tahiti Syndrome. I think the whole world could use a "day off".

    August 6, 2009 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  228. Debi

    I grew up with these movies and introduced them to my kids. I just saw pretty in pink again, a week ago. I think Sixteen candles is the best of the two. They were labled the "brat pack" because the same young people were used in several of his movies.
    Everyone has their 15 minutes of fame. This was his.
    Well God bless him for sharing his movies with us.

    August 6, 2009 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  229. L Jay Houston

    I recently started teaching theatre in middle school. The 80's end-of-film clap made it into the first play I directed.

    John Hughes was a genius. He made teenagers real and brought us out of the "yes man" era into an era where we had voices and dreams, ideas and conviction – even if we weren't sure about what!

    August 6, 2009 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |

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