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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 06:08 PM
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RIP...John Hughes ...you gave us such Great Memories..."16 Candles" and all the rest!
This site has "You Tube" clips of his popular works... :cry: ...John Hughes Dead... He left an incredible legacy for so many of us... "May the Wind be at Your Back, John...you will always be remembered in your art..in the hearts of so many who loved you."

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http://blog.newsweek.com/blogs/popvox/archive/2009/08/0...

Posted Thursday, August 06, 2009 4:36 PM
Director John Hughes, Dead at 59─A Life in YouTube
Sarah Ball

John Hughes, the beloved writer and director of 1980s teen classics like The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller's Day Off, died today in New York City of a sudden heart attack. He was just 59. In memory of Hughes and in honor of his still highly popular oeuvre, we pay tribute with these YouTube scenes.

http://blog.newsweek.com/blogs/popvox/archive/2009/08/0...
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SCRUBDASHRUB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 06:09 PM
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1. I'm so bummed about this.
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zonkers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 06:13 PM
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3. me too. And I cant say why exactly. He seemed like a cool guy.
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 06:13 PM
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4. Yeah...I know...I can't stop crying..and I'm not usually emotional about stuff...
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Zywiec Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 06:10 PM
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2. Great movies. RIP John Hughes. n/t
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tularetom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 06:14 PM
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5. One of my favorite characters from that era was from a John Hughes film
Long Duck Dong!


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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 06:23 PM
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7. OMG...I loved that...we had International Students in our home.."Exchange Program" in the 80's
Edited on Thu Aug-06-09 06:24 PM by KoKo
and that was a "Big Thing" back then. We had three groups go through...and most had been in Iowa (Fundie Territory Then) and when they came to our Liberal NJ Home they thought they'd gone to heaven...

We took them everywhere, let them listen to all the music then and our kids were into very different music than those in Iowa (where they were mostly with RW families who emphasided Church and restricting Music that they didn't approve of)...

Anyway.. my daughter was a Teen and Part of the Program and we all were loving the "Long Duck Dong" thingy because we had experienced how it went...and that Hughes made our "trials and tribulations" with our AFS Students REAL to us...it was just an incredible thing...

I will always miss his voice...haven't seen anyone who connected to teens at that point and parents who could do justice to the "underlying emotions and conflict" in all this "CHANGE" like Hughes could.

I'm still crying my eyes out. :cry:
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ProdigalJunkMail Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 06:34 PM
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14. no more yankie me wankie...the Donger need food! n/t
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 06:16 PM
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6. 59?
That's the shock. That must have been a massive heart attack.
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 06:26 PM
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9. It happens with runners and such...very fit persons..
Still...it was TOO YOUNG!
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 06:30 PM
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12. Sad
He was talented and funny
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 06:24 PM
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8. 'christmas vacation'!!!!!!!!!
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ProdigalJunkMail Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 06:27 PM
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10. I got to hang with Long Duck Dong (The Donger)
one night in Vegas. Close as I ever got to John Hughes...I LOVED those movies...

sP
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 06:30 PM
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11. "The Breakfast Club" was one of his best, too. Captured those 80's Times....
I don't know what it's like out there today...probably "BC" seems some old simple thing like "Ozzie and Harriet" for the "Decrepit Wrinkled folks"....but no one will ever convince me that John Hughes wasn't about how "Middle Class" families were trying to deal with life in the 80's with his views. And, that he didn't have an INSIGHT that was so incredible his films will LIVE FOREVER...as a capture of that time...I lived through...and saw as something worthwhile.
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Serial Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 07:49 PM
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26. Molly Ringwald... my son's coming of age movie... he loved it
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 07:52 PM
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28. I love her sitting on the Gym Room Floor...wondering if she can go out there
to compete. It's an incredible moment.

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bunkerbuster1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 06:31 PM
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13. Probably more important a player than has been credited, methinks
Or maybe I just thought 16 Candles and The Breakfast Club and Ferris were more seminal works than it they really were. Whatever.

Anyway, always a shame to lose someone before his time, which was clearly the case here. RIP, John.
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 06:37 PM
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15. For so many they were Seminal works. For all of us who had to ride Buses to School
and put up with SHIT...his classic scenes in "l6 Candles" will always be always be the "Touchstone."

He was just incredible at capturing that "moment in history."

Sorry...I'm still :cry: about this...and this isn't me...but devastating....that he won't be alive to still contribute...
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DailyGrind51 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 06:38 PM
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16. I lived in John Hughes' "neighborhoods" my entire life and am just one year younger than Hughes.
If I wasn't depressed over the anticipation of my next birthday before, I am really depressed now. Hughes captured the mood and appearance of that time better than anyone.
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 06:40 PM
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18. Thanks for this........it's a good memory.. n/t
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hfojvt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 06:39 PM
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17. this article is pretty good
http://www.popeater.com/2009/08/06/john-hughes-dies-of-...

It does not mention that John Cusack also had a bit part in "16 candles". Probably not his big break, but part of his beginning.
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 06:42 PM
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19. OMG...do you remember the Geeky Cusack with his Tinfoil Hat Beaming Aliens from that Movie!
Who could have known that Cusack would have grown to the stature he has today.

It was an incredible cool scene...
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sonias Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 06:49 PM
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20. Wondderful movies - great legacy
Rest in peace John Hughes. So very young.


Sonia
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 06:51 PM
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21. Director John Hughes' legacy is secure! But he "Cut Out" of the Publicity..Enigma!
Director John Hughes' legacy is secure
August 6, 3:55 PMDenver Film Community ExaminerChristian Toto

Director John Hughes, who passed away today at the age of 59, will be remembered for his classic '80s teen comedies.

"The Breakfast Club." "Sixteen Candles." "Some Kind of Wonderful"

But perhaps his greatest cinematic legacy is leaving the business at the peak of his powers.

Hughes has been an enigma in recent years, making himself unavailable for interviews and refusing to cash in on his name via new projects.

He left the business. Period.

And while there may be a variety of reason for his actions, it means he was able to retire on his terms from Hollywood before his knack for knowing how teenagers live and breathe abandoned him.

Update: More coverage of John Hughes' passing

http://www.examiner.com/x-10079-Denver-Film-Community-E...

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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 07:07 PM
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22. I was worried posting this that so many DU'ers are so Young...they don't know John Hughes Work...
So...I'm glad to see that a few folks here on DU have seen his films.

Thanks!
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 07:38 PM
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23. What's surprising is that there aren't more DU'ers who are Sad and Mourn Him..
Is DU lacking in Gen X folks? :shrug:
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SCRUBDASHRUB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 07:53 PM
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29. Gen X here (born in 1970).
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 07:59 PM
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30. You didn't see or if you saw...have any identification with John Hughes Movies?
:shrug: Please say why......
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lumberjack_jeff Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 08:39 PM
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37. That's not true. We do mourn him.
The sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wasteoids, dweebies, dickheads - they all adore him. They think he's a righteous dude.
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 07:40 PM
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24. Another "John Hughes Memorial Site"...More Clips and Great Memories, here:
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 07:46 PM
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25. "He made a better connection with young people than anyone in Hollywood had ever made before or sinc
Edited on Thu Aug-06-09 07:49 PM by KoKo
John Hughes Dead: Director Dies Suddenly At 59


HILLEL ITALIE


NEW YORK Writer-director John Hughes, Hollywood's youth impresario of the 1980s and '90s who captured the teen and preteen market with such favorites as "Home Alone," "The Breakfast Club" and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," died Thursday, a spokeswoman said. He was 59.

Hughes died of a heart attack during a morning walk in Manhattan, Michelle Bega said. He was in New York to visit family.

Jake Bloom, Hughes' longtime attorney, said he was "deeply saddened and in shock" to learn of the director's death.

A native of Lansing, Mich., who later moved to suburban Chicago and set much of his work there, Hughes rose from ad writer to comedy writer to silver screen champ with his affectionate and idealized portraits of teens, whether the romantic and sexual insecurity of "Sixteen Candles," or the J.D. Salinger-esque rebellion against conformity in "The Breakfast Club."

Hughes' ensemble comedies helped make stars out of Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Ally Sheedy and many other young performers. He also scripted the phenomenally popular "Home Alone," which made little-known Macaulay Culkin a sensation as the 8-year-old accidentally abandoned by his vacationing family, and wrote or directed such hits as "National Lampoon's Vacation," "Pretty in Pink," "Planes, Trains & Automobiles" and "Uncle Buck."

"I was a fan of both his work and a fan of him as a person," Culkin said. "The world has lost not only a quintessential filmmaker whose influence will be felt for generations, but a great and decent man."

Devin Ratray, best known for playing Culkin's older brother Buzz McCallister in the "Home Alone" films, said he remained close to Hughes over the years.

"He changed my life forever," Ratray said. "Nineteen years later, people from all over the world contact me telling me how much 'Home Alone' meant to them, their families, and their children."
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Steve Martin played lead character Neal Page in the 1987 hit "Planes, Trains & Automobiles."

"John Hughes was a great director, but his gift was in screenwriting," Martin said. "He created deep and complex characters, rich in humanity and humor."

Other actors who got early breaks from Hughes included John Cusack ("Sixteen Candles"), Judd Nelson ("The Breakfast Club"), Steve Carell ("Curly Sue") and Lili Taylor ("She's Having a Baby").

Actor Matthew Broderick worked with Hughes in 1986 when he played the title character in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."

"I am truly shocked and saddened by the news about my old friend John Hughes. He was a wonderful, very talented guy and my heart goes out to his family," Broderick said.

Ben Stein, who played the monotone economics teacher calling the roll and repeatedly saying "Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?", said Hughes was a towering talent.

"He made a better connection with young people than anyone in Hollywood had ever made before or since," Stein said on Fox Business Network. "It's incredibly sad. He was a wonderful man, a genius, a poet. 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.

"You had a regular guy just an ordinary guy. If you met him, you would never guess he was a big Hollywood power."

As Hughes advanced into middle age, his commercial touch faded and, in Salinger style, he increasingly withdrew from public life. His last directing credit was in 1991, for "Curly Sue," and he wrote just a handful of scripts over the past decade. He was rarely interviewed or photographed.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/08/06/john-hughes-de...

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SidDithers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 07:49 PM
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27. Only 59? Wow, I didn't know he was so young...
Planes, Trains and Automobiles is one of my all time favourites.

"You're going the wrong way!!"

And Uncle Buck is right up there too.

Sid
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LittleClarkie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 07:59 PM
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31. It's kind of hitting me in increments
I went from "Aw, that's too bad" to being near tears now as I remember some of those movies I grew up with. Breakfast Club seemed so important at the time. And I still quote from Ferris Bueller.
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 08:01 PM
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32. And coming after Michael Jackson's death...it's maybe just too much..
It does seem that way. Just way too much......
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 08:12 PM
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33. In recent years, Hughes had stepped back from the movie business to spend more time with his family
Edited on Thu Aug-06-09 08:12 PM by KoKo
'Sixteen Candles,' 'Breakfast Club' director Hughes dead at 59


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(CNN) -- John Hughes, the producer, writer and director whose 1980s films such as "Sixteen Candles," "The Breakfast Club" and "Some Kind of Wonderful" offered a sharp-eyed look at teenagers and their social habits, has died, according to a statement from his representative. He was 59.
John Hughes was behind some of the most beloved films of the 1980s.

John Hughes was behind some of the most beloved films of the 1980s.
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Hughes died of a heart attack while taking a morning walk in Manhattan, according to the statement.

Hughes, who was also a prolific screenwriter and producer, was at his peak in the 1980s, when his films -- which starred young actors such as Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Anthony Michael Hall and Jon Cryer -- dominated the box office and were hailed by critics for their thoughtful teen protagonists, rarely portrayed with such sympathy in comedies at the time.

Ringwald, in particular, became a star, thanks to her performances as the lead in "Sixteen Candles," "Breakfast Club" and "Pretty in Pink."

"I was stunned and incredibly sad to hear about the death of John Hughes," Ringwald said. "He was and will always be such an important part of my life. He will be missed by me and by everyone that he has touched. My heart and all my thoughts are with his family now."

For a time during the decade, the writer and director was behind two or three films a year. Among his other credits were "National Lampoon's Vacation" (1983), "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" (1986), the Thanksgiving classic "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" (1987) and "Home Alone" (1990). Appreciation: Mourning John Hughes

"He was such a great writer who created so many enduring characters for film, both as a director and a writer. His real gift was in creating these identifiable characters," actor, writer and comedian Steve Martin, who starred in "Planes" with John Candy, told CNN.


"I am truly shocked and saddened by the news about my old friend John Hughes," said actor Matthew Broderick, who starred in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," in a statement. "He was a wonderful, very talented guy and my heart goes out to his family." See a timeline of films Hughes directed

John Hughes was born February 18, 1950, in Michigan. He started his career as an advertising copywriter in Chicago -- the city was later the setting for many of his films -- and by the end of the 1970s was a frequent contributor to National Lampoon magazine. Blog: Seeing Chicago's North Shore through Hughes' eyes

His first screenwriting credit, according to the Internet Movie Database, was as a writer for the "Animal House" TV spinoff, "Delta House."

But Hughes quickly moved over to the big screen, writing 1982's "National Lampoon's Class Reunion," followed the next year by "National Lampoon's Vacation," based on a story he had written for the magazine.

Though critical reception to Hughes' films could be mixed -- such works as "She's Having a Baby" (1988) and "Curly Sue" (1991) were slammed by reviewers -- Hughes had a knack for classic movie lines and images.

Such scenes as Anthony Michael Hall holding Ringwald's panties up high to the stunned appreciation of his friends in "Candles"; Steve Martin's harangue of a rent-a-car clerk in "Planes"; and Ben Stein's economics teacher asking, monotonously, "Bueller? ... Bueller?" in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" have become pop culture touchstones. Photo Where are Hughes' teens now?

Film critic Roger Ebert praised Hughes' empathy in a "Great Movies" appreciation of "Planes, Trains and Automobiles." "What can be said for is that he usually produces a real story about people he has clear ideas about," Ebert wrote, observing that "Planes" "is the only movie our family watches as a custom, most every Thanksgiving."

"The script for 'Planes, Trains, and Automobiles' was the best script I had ever read," Martin told CNN. "I asked John how long it took to write it, he said, 'I wrote it over the weekend.' The weekend. That shows you what he was able to do."
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In recent years, Hughes had stepped back from the movie business to spend more time with his family, as well as "maintain a functioning farm in northern Illinois and support independent arts," the statement said.

Hughes is survived by his wife of 39 years, Nancy; two sons and four grandchildren.

http://www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/Movies/08/06/obit.john....




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G_j Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 08:13 PM
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34. his films were devoid of cruelty...
Edited on Thu Aug-06-09 08:15 PM by G_j
his influence on other film makers was inspirational.
He made people smile.
RIP John
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 08:16 PM
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35. "He made people smile" and talked about stuff that other folks weren't touching..
..but, yeah...he made people smile. That's a good thing...RIP John Hughes..the Wind at Your Back!
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dysfunctional press Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 08:20 PM
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36. the creator of shermer illinois- full of wussy guys and incredible hotties...
Edited on Thu Aug-06-09 08:23 PM by dysfunctional press
where jay and silent bob set off to become the blunt connection of...leading to them meeting up with the last scion in dogma...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chasing_Dogma

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JanMichael Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 10:15 PM
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38. Why would you post the "filthy pig" article in the first place?
Seriously. Trying to enrage people for fun just seems pathetic IMHO.

Oh and sideways with a fruit was pretty funny :-)
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