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John Hughes Dead at 59

 

Today Chicago icon John Hughes died at age 59. If you're of my generation and of Chicago stock, you grew up with John Hughes' movies, rolling your eyes as your parents repeatedly pointed out their high schools, their friends' high schools, houses on their former block, and high schools in your neighborhood every time you watched a John Hughes movies.

Of all the John Hughes movies, there's never been one that could touch "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." At one point, I could recite the enire movie the whole way through, and I can still do pretty well if the movie is on in front of me. Not to mention that I go into a two minute monologue every time I hear the words "nine times" or the name "Grace."

Though it's seriously dating myself to say so, John Hughes' movies (and the accompanying soundtracks) colored my pre-teen and teen years, Would I ever have discovered Echo and the Bunnyman or "Try a Little Tenderness" without "Pretty In Pink?" Or Simple Minds without "The Breakfast Club?" I probably would have, but not at 11.

It's hard to imagine life without Farmer Ted, "Oh Sexy Girlfriend!" or jokes about people raiding Barry Manilow's wardrobe. Not to mention my standing "Edddd Rooney" line when I answer my cell.

In honor of the passing of a man who never forgot what it was like to be a teenager, and who immortalized Chicago in some of the most popular movies ever made, feel free to share memories of your favorite John Hughes film.

 

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gravedigger said:

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Thanks for ignoring my offer to be a LOHO editor.

JulieDiCaro said:

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I ignored everyone's offer. I haven't responded to anyone yet. :P

gravedigger said:

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I don't want to do any work, though.

JulieDiCaro said:

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that would be different from your role now in what way?

Doc said:

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And that's basically the same with most of the other editors too.

gravedigger said:

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yeah those movies were OK i guess

JulieDiCaro said:

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Ferris Bueller is the top trend on Twitter right now. LOL.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Funniest John Hughes movie line ever?

Doc said:

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"Pardon my French, but you're an asshole."

JulieDiCaro said:

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"It's understanding that makes it possible for people like us to tolerate a person like you."

Doc said:

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Charlie Sheen: "Drugs?"
Chick From Dirty Dancing: "Thank you, no. I'm straight."
Charlie: "I meant, are you in here for drugs?"
CFDD: "Why are you here?"
Charlie: "Drugs."

JulieDiCaro said:

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that's the best work Charlie Sheen ever did.

Doc said:

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he's had some good moments on the show with that fat kid and the dorky guy.

JulieDiCaro said:

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I think I screwed that up: "It's understanding that makes it possible for people like us to tolerate a person such as yourself."

Doc said:

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I was going to correct you, but I fear your wrath, so I didn't.

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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I always loved Long Duck Dong, until I heard an NPR story about how any Asian American teenager in the 80s got nicknamed "The Donger". Then I just felt bad. But it still makes me laugh.

JulieDiCaro said:

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I'm sure they were all nicknamed with love.

JulieDiCaro said:

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The funniest thing in that movie is Joan Cusack in the back brace.

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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Joan Cusack never had another role that fit her so well.

Maim said:

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I really like the following:

"Do-ong. (clap clap) ...Where is my...automobile?"
"AUTOMOBILE??!"

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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Gedde Watanabe got a lot of hate mail from that.

baturkey said:

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Teenagers are going to find one way or another to pick on each other.

JulieDiCaro said:

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My 8-year old has a habit of tuning everyone out. I've spent a lot of time clapping and saying "Dong. Dong! Grandpa is talking to you!" in his direction.

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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"Where is my automobile?"

Maim said:

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Damn it. I should read the rest before I post.

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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Great minds think alike. And I love the scarf.

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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One of my favorite movie scenes ever was the scene in Sixteen Candles when the grandmothers are in the kitchen together, the one holding a spatula under the other's cigarette so it wouldn't drop in the food.

JulieDiCaro said:

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I don't know that I've ever laughed out loud as hard as when Molly Ringwald introduced Michael Anthony Hall to her friends as "Farmer Ted." I never saw that one coming.

Doc said:

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Is it wrong for me to say that I really didn't like any John Hughes movies except Ferris Bueller?

JulieDiCaro said:

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yes. at a minimum, you're required to like The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles. Those are the three I'm really concerned with.

Doc said:

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I guess I'm a bad person.

Oh well.

gravedigger said:

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never saw 16 candles, breakfast club was tedious

flyball said:

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false, Breakfast Club was great, especially when watching it in Sociology class after learning about "Dysfunctional Behavior"

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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What a coincidence... Gedde Watanabe is on the Seinfeld rerun tonight.

JulieDiCaro said:

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he was also in "Gung Ho." i love 80s Michael Keaton movies. "Mr Mom" is one of my favorite movies of all time.

smwojoz said:

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One of my faves:
Richard Vernon: 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?

John Bender: Yeah. Does Barry Manilow know that you raid his wardrobe?

JulieDiCaro said:

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"Well Brian, this is a very nutritious lunch. All the food groups are represented."

smwojoz said:

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This guy I work with can literally do the whole movie front to back in about 45 minutes as a monologue.
I've seen Anchorman 50 times and still can only remember a handful of one liners.

smwojoz said:

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And of course Ferris ushered in the whole "Suit vest with t- shirt" craze at my school.

Perkins said:

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Let me just say: "Moliere really pumps my nads."

JulieDiCaro said:

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"I'm not European, I don't plan on being European, so who gives a crap if they're socialists? They could be fascist anarchists for all I care, it still wouldn't change the fact that I don't own a car."

JulieDiCaro said:

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"Screws fall out all the time; the world is an imperfect place."

JulieDiCaro said:

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Oh, I forgot this one!

"Hey, how come Andrew gets to get up? If he gets up, we'll all get up, it'll be anarchy!"

millertime said:

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"You're not fooling anyone, Bender. The next screw that falls out will be you."
"Eat my shorts."
"What was that?"
"Eat... My... Shorts."
"You just bought yourself another Saturday."
"Ooh, I'm crushed."
"You just bought one more"
"Well I'm free the Saturday after that. Beyond that, I'm going to have to check my calendar."
"Good, cause it's going to be filled. We'll keep going. You want another one? Just say the word say it. Instead of going to prison you'll come here. Are you through?"
"No."
"I'm doing society a favor."
"So?"
"That's another one right now! I've got you for the rest of your natural born life if you don't watch your step. You want another one?"
"Yes."
"You got it! You got another one right there! That's another one pal!"
"Cut it out!"
"You through?"
"Not even close bud!"
"Good! You got one more right there!"
"You really think I give a shit?"
"Another! You through?"
"How many is that?"
"That's seven including when we first came in and you asked Mr. Vernon whether Barry Manilow knew that he raided his closet."
"Now it's eight. You stay out of this."
"Excuse me sir, it's seven."

Maim said:

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Do you guys think this means cable will be playing John Hughes movies like crazy now??

I'm gonna go clear some space on my DVR.

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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My first thought was that Netflix is going to have a waitlist for John Hughes films.

gravedigger said:

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I hate to go all ABATT on us here...

thisyearcub said:

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I just wish Ed Rooney hadn't turned out to be a child molester in real life.

JulieDiCaro said:

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it helps if you imagine that Ed Rooney the principal was also a child molester, which I presume he was.

Sri said:

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My Condolences to his family, I loved some of his movies especially the breakfast club, Home Alone and Home Alone 2. Definitely his movies defined a generation as well as gave us plenty of chuckles. For all his fans I have collected some good sites and articles (more than 250 sites ) related to his latest news coverage, biography, Movies, Movie Quotes and Interviews. If you are interested take a look at the below link
http://markthispage.blogspot.com/2009/08/all-you-want-to-know-about-john-hughes.html

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