Friday, August 7, 2009
You're Abe Froman...
Very sad news about John Hughes...
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.
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.
He was responsible for some of my favorite movies of the time. I loved "Breakfast Club", "Sixteen Candles", "Weird Science", "She's Having a Baby" and "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles". They each have a multitude of classic lines that, to this day, I can still quote verbatim.
He will definitely be missed.
One of my all-time favorite scenes is the car rental scene from "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles" with the always hilarious Edie Mclurg as the rental agent.
It's a "bit" profane, but few scenes in movies since have ever been so funny.
This clip also offers a Dutch version (following the English). Regardless of the language spoken, the scene is just as funny.