Wednesday, April 29, 2009
The Films of John Hughes
Writer/director/producer John Hughes had an amazing career. His teen films of the 1980s had a significant impact on Generation X. Just check out this amazing filmography;
1983 Vacation (screenplay)
1984 Sixteen Candles (writer/director)
1985 Weird Science (writer/director)
1985 The Breakfast Club (writer/director/producer)
1986 Pretty in Pink (producer/writer)
1986 Ferris Bueller's Day Off (writer/director/producer)
1987 Planes, Trains and Automobiles (director/producer/writer)
1989 Uncle Buck (director/producer/writer)
1990 Home Alone (writer/producer)
He was also involved in sequels for Home Alone, Vacation and Beethoven. He additionally has worked on the following films; Mr. Mom, Some Kind of Wonderful, The Great Outdoors, Dutch, Curly Sue, Maid in Manhattan and many more. Since the early 1990s, he has written under the pen name of Edmond Dantes. Hughes was born in Lansing, Michigan in 1950, and he got his start as a writer for National Lampoon magazine. No doubt, anyone who had their formative years in the 1980s will look back fondly at many of these works. It would require a high level of creativity to come up with all of these amazing works. He was behind the formation of "The Brat Pack" which included actors such as Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez, and Anthony Michael Hall. The group also included those from St. Elmo's Fire such as Rob Lowe and Demi Moore. John Candy appeared in 8 of Hughes's films.
Without John Hughes the world may have never known about Molly Ringwald. Her trilogy of The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink and Sixteen Candles made her a teen icon who was featured on the cover of Time magazine. She has acted in many projects in France and has appeared in a Broadway revival of Sweet Charity. She stars in the ABC Family program The Secret Life of the American Teenager. When VH1 did a countdown of the 100 greatest teen stars she ranked #1.
* Some material for this essay came from imdb.com and en.wikipedia.org.