Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. John Hughes, a man from Illinois who took Hollywood by storm by making a litany of iconic movies in the 1980s, died suddenly of a heart attack this week.
The list of films Hughes directed, produced or wrote includes such enduring hits as “Sixteen Candles,” “The Breakfast Club,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “Planes, Trains and Automobiles,” “Uncle Buck,” “Some Kind of Wonderful,” “Curly Sue,” “Mr. Mom,” “Home Alone,” “Pretty in Pink,” “Weird Science,” “She’s Having a Baby,” “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” “Beethoven,” “101 Dalmatians” and “Baby’s Day Out.”
… Hughes was a star-maker for a generation. Among the actors he introduced or popularized were Matthew Broderick, Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Ally Sheedy, Judd Nelson, Macaulay Culkin and John Candy, who worked in eight Hughes films. Some of those actors, freed from their confinement under Hughes, later became famous as the Brat Pack.
The music he used in these films became staples of 80s music. The best evidence of this, of course, is a song by Simple Minds called Don’t You (Forget About Me) which is almost always associated with The Breakfast Club. You may have heard it recently.
In fact, here’s a video tribute to John Hughes films (WITH audio/music) from from LA Filmcutter…
R.I.P. Mr. John Hughes.