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31st Aug '12 3:01:28 AM FELH2
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[[quoteright:208:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/john-hughes_7236.jpg]] ->It is thanks to him that not a day goes by when someone, somewhere does not come up to me, taps me on the shoulder and says, "[[Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff Hey Ferris]], [[NeverHeardThatOneBefore is this your day off?]]" -->-- '''Matthew Broderick''', ''Memorial Speech for Hughes at the 82nd {{Academy Award}}s'' John Hughes (1950-2009) was an American filmmaker best known for the teen comedies he wrote and directed in the mid 1980s: ''SixteenCandles'', ''TheBreakfastClub'', ''Film/WeirdScience'' and ''Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff''. He started as a writer for National Lampoon Magazine, and was one of the key developers of ''Delta House'', the TV spinoff of ''AnimalHouse''. His first big successes as a screenwriter (the year before ''Sixteen Candles'') were ''NationalLampoonsVacation'' and ''Mr. Mom''. After ''Ferris Bueller'', he directed ''PlanesTrainsAndAutomobiles'', ''She's Having a Baby'', ''UncleBuck'', and ''Film/CurlySue'', and wrote and produced ''Film/PrettyInPink'', ''SomeKindOfWonderful'', the ''Lampoon's Vacation'' sequel entitled ''Christmas Vacation'', and the first three ''HomeAlone'' movies. (He also produced ''Only The Lonely'' for writer-director (and ''HomeAlone'' (and its sequel) director) ChrisColumbus, one of only two films he produced that he didn't write - the other was ''New Port South'', written and directed by his son James.) During the 1990s, he somehow ended up writing and producing a string of more family-oriented comedies, including the live-action versions of ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'' and ''[[DennisTheMenaceUS Dennis the Menace]]'', and the remake of ''Film/MiracleOnThirtyFourthStreet''. In the following decade he would become a recluse, and the rest of his screenplays would be written under the pseudonym [[Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo Edmond Dantes]]. His last film was the Owen Wilson comedy ''DrillbitTaylor''. ---- !!Films he directed include: * ''SixteenCandles'' (1984) * ''TheBreakfastClub'' (1985) * ''Film/WeirdScience'' (1985) * ''Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff'' (1986) * ''PlanesTrainsAndAutomobiles'' (1987) * ''She's Having A Baby'' (1988) * ''UncleBuck'' (1989) * ''Film/CurlySue'' (1991) - this was his final film as a director. !!His films (those few that don't already have pages of their own) provide examples of: * AdultsAreUseless ** In a couple of his movies, the bad guys are people who take "just doing their job" too far. ** Parents are usually depicted as well-meaning, but generally out-of-touch and ignorant. * AllThereInTheManual: Hughes apparently spent several years putting together a detailed history for the Shermer universe of his films (see below), but his stories and notes have never been released. * AuthorAppeal: Fine art and indie music. * DeanBitterman: Hughes explored this trope twice. In both cases, the principal takes administration a little ''too'' far, and becomes needlessly vindictive in dealing with a student. ** Principal Vernon from ''The Breakfast Club'' is the dramatic version of this trope. At his worst, he tells Bender to punch him, because who's going to believe a useless punk over a respected principal? ** Principal Rooney from ''Ferris Bueller's Day Off'' is the same thing, except played for comedy. Every time he oversteps the proper boundaries, he suffers a HumiliationConga. * TheEighties: Most of his best-known and best-liked films were made this decade. * MonochromeCasting: Virtually none of his movies had a non-white lead. * TheStinger * TheVerse: In a 1999 ''Premiere'' [[http://home.comcast.net/~aimsters4/bclub.html article]], Hughes himself declared that ''SixteenCandles'', ''TheBreakfastClub'', ''Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff'', and ''PlanesTrainsAndAutomobiles'' are all a part of the same universe. Sadly, the crossover possibilities were never explored in film. --> '''[[WordOfGod John Hughes]]:''' When I started making movies, I thought I would just invent a town where everything happened. Everybody, in all of my movies, is from Shermer, Illinois. Del Griffith from ''Planes, Trains & Automobiles'' lives two doors down from John Bender. Ferris Bueller knew Samantha Baker from ''Sixteen Candles''. For 15 years I've written my Shermer stories in prose, [[AllThereInTheManual collecting its history]]. ** It's long been speculated that ''Film/PrettyInPink'', ''SomeKindOfWonderful'', and ''HomeAlone'' also take place in the Shermerverse, since those movies were written (but not directed) by Hughes and feature similar themes. ** ''Film/WeirdScience'' explicitly takes place in Shermer (Lisa is seen teaching the Shermer High gym class at the end), though it has its own SpeculativeFiction internal logic that is inconsistent with the other canon Shermerverse movies. ** ''She's Having A Baby'' does NOT take place in the Shermerverse, since Neal Page's wife is seen watching that movie on television in ''PlanesTrainsAndAutomobiles''. * TheWindyCity: The suburbs of Chicago, actually. ----
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[[quoteright:208:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/john-hughes_7236.jpg]] ->It is thanks to him that not a day goes by when someone, somewhere does not come up to me, taps me on the shoulder and says, "[[Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff Hey Ferris]], [[NeverHeardThatOneBefore is this your day off?]]" -->-- '''Matthew Broderick''', ''Memorial Speech for Hughes at the 82nd {{Academy Award}}s'' John Hughes (1950-2009) was an American filmmaker best known for the teen comedies he wrote and directed in the mid 1980s: ''SixteenCandles'', ''TheBreakfastClub'', ''Film/WeirdScience'' and ''Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff''. He started as a writer for National Lampoon Magazine, and was one of the key developers of ''Delta House'', the TV spinoff of ''AnimalHouse''. His first big successes as a screenwriter (the year before ''Sixteen Candles'') were ''NationalLampoonsVacation'' and ''Mr. Mom''. After ''Ferris Bueller'', he directed ''PlanesTrainsAndAutomobiles'', ''She's Having a Baby'', ''UncleBuck'', and ''Film/CurlySue'', and wrote and produced ''Film/PrettyInPink'', ''SomeKindOfWonderful'', the ''Lampoon's Vacation'' sequel entitled ''Christmas Vacation'', and the first three ''HomeAlone'' movies. (He also produced ''Only The Lonely'' for writer-director (and ''HomeAlone'' (and its sequel) director) ChrisColumbus, one of only two films he produced that he didn't write - the other was ''New Port South'', written and directed by his son James.) During the 1990s, he somehow ended up writing and producing a string of more family-oriented comedies, including the live-action versions of ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'' and ''[[DennisTheMenaceUS Dennis the Menace]]'', and the remake of ''Film/MiracleOnThirtyFourthStreet''. In the following decade he would become a recluse, and the rest of his screenplays would be written under the pseudonym [[Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo Edmond Dantes]]. His last film was the Owen Wilson comedy ''DrillbitTaylor''. ---- !!Films he directed include: * ''SixteenCandles'' (1984) * ''TheBreakfastClub'' (1985) * ''Film/WeirdScience'' (1985) * ''Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff'' (1986) * ''PlanesTrainsAndAutomobiles'' (1987) * ''She's Having A Baby'' (1988) * ''UncleBuck'' (1989) * ''Film/CurlySue'' (1991) - this was his final film as a director. !!His films (those few that don't already have pages of their own) provide examples of: * AdultsAreUseless ** In a couple of his movies, the bad guys are people who take "just doing their job" too far. ** Parents are usually depicted as well-meaning, but generally out-of-touch and ignorant. * AllThereInTheManual: Hughes apparently spent several years putting together a detailed history for the Shermer universe of his films (see below), but his stories and notes have never been released. * AuthorAppeal: Fine art and indie music. * DeanBitterman: Hughes explored this trope twice. In both cases, the principal takes administration a little ''too'' far, and becomes needlessly vindictive in dealing with a student. ** Principal Vernon from ''The Breakfast Club'' is the dramatic version of this trope. At his worst, he tells Bender to punch him, because who's going to believe a useless punk over a respected principal? ** Principal Rooney from ''Ferris Bueller's Day Off'' is the same thing, except played for comedy. Every time he oversteps the proper boundaries, he suffers a HumiliationConga. * TheEighties: Most of his best-known and best-liked films were made this decade. * MonochromeCasting: Virtually none of his movies had a non-white lead. * TheStinger * TheVerse: In a 1999 ''Premiere'' [[http://home.comcast.net/~aimsters4/bclub.html article]], Hughes himself declared that ''SixteenCandles'', ''TheBreakfastClub'', ''Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff'', and ''PlanesTrainsAndAutomobiles'' are all a part of the same universe. Sadly, the crossover possibilities were never explored in film. --> '''[[WordOfGod John Hughes]]:''' When I started making movies, I thought I would just invent a town where everything happened. Everybody, in all of my movies, is from Shermer, Illinois. Del Griffith from ''Planes, Trains & Automobiles'' lives two doors down from John Bender. Ferris Bueller knew Samantha Baker from ''Sixteen Candles''. For 15 years I've written my Shermer stories in prose, [[AllThereInTheManual collecting its history]]. ** It's long been speculated that ''Film/PrettyInPink'', ''SomeKindOfWonderful'', and ''HomeAlone'' also take place in the Shermerverse, since those movies were written (but not directed) by Hughes and feature similar themes. ** ''Film/WeirdScience'' explicitly takes place in Shermer (Lisa is seen teaching the Shermer High gym class at the end), though it has its own SpeculativeFiction internal logic that is inconsistent with the other canon Shermerverse movies. ** ''She's Having A Baby'' does NOT take place in the Shermerverse, since Neal Page's wife is seen watching that movie on television in ''PlanesTrainsAndAutomobiles''. * TheWindyCity: The suburbs of Chicago, actually. ----[[redirect:Creator/JohnHughes]]
22nd Aug '12 2:43:43 PM DynamiteXI
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** Parents are usually depicted as well-meaning, but generally out-of-touch and ignorant.

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* DeanBitterman: Hughes explored this trope twice. In both cases, the principal takes administration a little ''too'' far, and becomes needlessly vindictive in dealing with a student. ** Principal Vernon from ''The Breakfast Club'' is the dramatic version of this trope. At his worst, he tells Bender to punch him, because who's going to believe a useless punk over a respected principal? ** Principal Rooney from ''Ferris Bueller's Day Off'' is the same thing, except played for comedy. Every time he oversteps the proper boundaries, he suffers a HumiliationConga.
22nd Aug '12 5:51:53 AM PaulA
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Trope the works, not the person.
!!His life provides examples of: * ArtistDisillusionment: Hughes left the Hollywood scene out of fear that it would have a negative impact on his kids. Plus, he felt that the film industry overworked his friend John Candy to the point that it killed the actor. * PrimaDonnaDirector: Possibly. He had shown himself to be '''very''' combative. ** Hughes very nearly fired Judd Nelson from ''The Breakfast Club'' for taking the method acting a little too far. Paul Gleason had to come to Nelson's defense and talk Hughes down. * ReclusiveArtist
21st Aug '12 3:16:39 PM DynamiteXI
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* PrimaDonnaDirector: Possibly. He had shown himself to be '''very''' combative.

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* PrimaDonnaDirector: Possibly. He had shown himself to be '''very''' combative.combative. ** Hughes very nearly fired Judd Nelson from ''The Breakfast Club'' for taking the method acting a little too far. Paul Gleason had to come to Nelson's defense and talk Hughes down.
21st Aug '12 11:49:00 AM ConnorBible
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* PrimaDonnaDirector: Possibly. He had shown himself to be '''very''' combative.
19th Aug '12 10:49:09 AM DynamiteXI
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* JerkAss: Possibly.
3rd Aug '12 1:44:52 PM nombretomado
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During the 1990s, he somehow ended up writing and producing a string of more family-oriented comedies, including the live-action versions of ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'' and ''[[DennisTheMenaceUS Dennis the Menace]]'', and the remake of ''Film/MiracleOnThirtyFourthStreet''. In the following decade he would become a recluse, and the rest of his screenplays would be written under the pseudonym [[TheCountOfMonteCristo Edmond Dantes]]. His last film was the Owen Wilson comedy ''DrillbitTaylor''.
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During the 1990s, he somehow ended up writing and producing a string of more family-oriented comedies, including the live-action versions of ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'' and ''[[DennisTheMenaceUS Dennis the Menace]]'', and the remake of ''Film/MiracleOnThirtyFourthStreet''. In the following decade he would become a recluse, and the rest of his screenplays would be written under the pseudonym [[TheCountOfMonteCristo [[Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo Edmond Dantes]]. His last film was the Owen Wilson comedy ''DrillbitTaylor''.
12th Jul '12 9:31:15 AM PaulA
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He started as a writer for National Lampoon Magazine, and was one of the key developers of ''Delta House'', the TV spinoff of ''AnimalHouse''. His first big successes as a screenwriter (the year before ''Sixteen Candles'') were ''NationalLampoonsVacation'' and ''Mr. Mom''. After ''Ferris Bueller'', he directed ''PlanesTrainsAndAutomobiles'', ''She's Having a Baby'', ''UncleBuck'', and ''CurlySue'', and wrote and produced ''Film/PrettyInPink'', ''SomeKindOfWonderful'', the ''Lampoon's Vacation'' sequel entitled ''Christmas Vacation'', and the first three ''HomeAlone'' movies. (He also produced ''Only The Lonely'' for writer-director (and ''HomeAlone'' (and its sequel) director) ChrisColumbus, one of only two films he produced that he didn't write - the other was ''New Port South'', written and directed by his son James.)
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He started as a writer for National Lampoon Magazine, and was one of the key developers of ''Delta House'', the TV spinoff of ''AnimalHouse''. His first big successes as a screenwriter (the year before ''Sixteen Candles'') were ''NationalLampoonsVacation'' and ''Mr. Mom''. After ''Ferris Bueller'', he directed ''PlanesTrainsAndAutomobiles'', ''She's Having a Baby'', ''UncleBuck'', and ''CurlySue'', ''Film/CurlySue'', and wrote and produced ''Film/PrettyInPink'', ''SomeKindOfWonderful'', the ''Lampoon's Vacation'' sequel entitled ''Christmas Vacation'', and the first three ''HomeAlone'' movies. (He also produced ''Only The Lonely'' for writer-director (and ''HomeAlone'' (and its sequel) director) ChrisColumbus, one of only two films he produced that he didn't write - the other was ''New Port South'', written and directed by his son James.)

* ''CurlySue'' (1991) - this was his final film as a director.
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* ''CurlySue'' ''Film/CurlySue'' (1991) - this was his final film as a director.
6th May '12 11:05:27 PM Cindylover1969
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