John Hughes

(John Wilden Hughes Jr.)

John Hughes
John Hughes
  • Born: February 18, 1950
  • Died: August 6, 2009
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Filmmaker









John Wilden Hughes Jr. was an American filmmaker. Beginning as an author of humorous essays and stories for National Lampoon, he went on to write and direct some of the most successful live-action comedy films of the 1980s and 1990s such as National Lampoon's Vacation (1983) and its sequels National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985) and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989); Mr. Mom (1983), Sixteen Candles (1984), Weird Science (1985), The Breakfast Club (1985), Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986), Pretty in Pink (1986), Some Kind of Wonderful (1987), Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987), She's Having a Baby (1988), Uncle Buck (1989), Dutch (1991), Baby's Day Out (1994), the Beethoven franchise (co-written under a pseudonym with Amy Holden-Jones) and Home Alone (1990) and its sequels Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) and Home Alone 3 (1997).

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I should sooner remain in Southern bondage than avail myself of the opportunity of Northern freedom. Work, Workers & The Labor Force ;Capitalism ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
If one Catholic church is burned down, we Irish will turn New York into another Moscow. Discrimination & Prejudice
In the present disturbed state of the city I will appeal not only to them, but to all persons who love God and revere the holy Catholic religion which they profess, to respect also the laws of man and the peace of society, to retire to their homes with as little delay as possible, and disconnect themselves from the seemingly deliberate attempt to disturb the peace and social rights of the citizens of New York. If they are Catholics, or of such of them as are Catholics, I ask, for God's sake, for the sake of their holy religion, for my sake, if they have any respect for the episcopal authority, to dissolve their association with reckless men who have little regard for Divine or human law Miscellaneous
The Catholics, so far as I know, whether of native or foreign birth, are willing to fight to the death for the support of the constitution, the Government and the laws of the country. But if it should be understood that, with or without knowing it, they are to fight for the abolition of slavery, then, indeed, they will turn away in disgust from the discharge of what would otherwise be a patriotic duty. Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
A geek is a guy who has everything going for him but he's just too young. He's got the software but he doesn't have the hardware yet.
A nerd will be a nerd all his life. Life
A nerd will be a nerd all his life. When we did The Nerd Book at National Lampoon, the nerds got picked up as if there were a lot of them at every school - and there aren't. Maybe two. There are many more geeks. A geek is a guy who has everything going for him, but he's just too young. He's got the software, but he doesn't have the hardware yet. Life
Advertising was fairly simple work, and I really just wanted a job where I could sit and write every day and not get fired for it like I had at other jobs, but it was fun. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
At the time I came along, Hollywood's idea of teen movies meant there had to be a lot of nudity, usually involving boys in pursuit of sex, and pretty gross overall. Either that or a horror movie. And the last thing Hollywood wanted in their teen movies was teenagers! Time ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Fantastic! Right in the middle of that long stretch between Christmas and Spring Break, your coats are getting dirty, everything's dark, dingy - what a great time for a movie! Time
I always preferred to hang out with the outcasts, 'cause they were cooler; they had better taste in music, for one thing, I guess because they had more time to develop one with the lack of social interaction they had! Time ;Music, Chants & Rapps
I didn't have this tortured childhood; I liked it.
I don't consider myself qualified to do a movie about international intrigue - I seldom leave the country.
I don't think I'm making any great statements, and I certainly don't think I'm making art. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I don't think of kids as a lower form of the human species.
I don't want to be too cool. You get so caught up with whether you're doing it right.
I find that screen kissing wears very thin very quickly.
I happen to go for the simplest, most ordinary things. The extraordinary doesn't interest me. I'm not interested in psychotics. I'm interested in the person you don't expect to have a story. I like Everyman.
I like young actors because they're so unspoiled, not like some of those actors who are about half an hour into their fifteen minutes of fame by the time they get to me. Time
I so desperately hate to end these movies that the first thing I do when I'm done is write another one. Then I don't feel sad about having to leave and everybody going away. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I so desperately hate to end these movies that the first thing I do when I'm done is write another one. Then I don't feel sad about having to leave and everybody going away. That's why I tend to work with the same people; I really befriend them. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I stumbled into this business, I didn't train for it. I yelled 'Action!' on my first two movies before the camera was turned on. Business, Commerce & Finance ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I used to judge the quality of music by whether I could make a 90-minute cassette and not repeat any artists. Music, Chants & Rapps
I usually listen to surf music, not much instrumental music, and when I was younger I listened to jazz. Music, Chants & Rapps
I was obsessed with romance. When I was in high school, I saw 'Doctor Zhivago' every day from the day it opened until the day it left the theater. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I'd rather make music if I had the talent. Music, Chants & Rapps
If I'm on a roll, and I finish a script at 3:00, I'll start another at 3:02.
I'm a former hippie, so clothes are important to me - your clothes defined you in that period. I guess clothes still defines people. But, I change a lot. I'm in my Brooks Brothers period now.
I'm from Chicago, I live in Chicago and I wanted very much for the music in Chicago to succeed. Music, Chants & Rapps
It's arguable whether a hit song is gonna add to the business a film does. There are plenty of films that didn't do any business and sold a million albums. Business, Commerce & Finance
It's been about ten years since I've worked with actors who knew their lines!
It's like being at the kids' table at Thanksgiving - you can put your elbows on it, you don't have to talk politics... no matter how old I get, there's always a part of me that's sitting there. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Many filmmakers portray teenagers as immoral and ignorant, with pursuits that are pretty base... But I haven't found that to be the case. I listen to kids. I respect them... Some of them are as bright as any of the adults I've met. Respect
My early prose style - this is so embarrassing - was sort of a suburban, Presbyterian knockoff of Woody Allen.
My generation had to be taken seriously because we were stopping things and burning things. We were able to initiate change, because we had such vast numbers. We were part of the baby boom, and when we moved, everything moved with us.
My heroes were Dylan, John Lennon and Picasso, because they each moved their particular medium forward, and when they got to the point where they were comfortable, they always moved on.
People forget that when you're 16, you're probably more serious than you'll ever be again. You think seriously about the big questions.
The best sounds a kid will get is in a movie theater, with huge speakers, turned up loud. I always mix my music really loud. I don't care if you don't hear all the dialogue. The audience are not idiots. Music, Chants & Rapps
The only reason I got into movies was because I had no music talent. Music, Chants & Rapps ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
To have a song work for the movie, it can't just be written apart and shoved in. It's got to come out of the action. It's got to talk about the characters, not the story: it has to augment that action. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
What a director should be doing is making it appear as though there was no script.
When I approach a band, I want to respect them and be respectful of their music. I'm not gonna say, 'Look, you guys are real hot, so we'll stick you in the movie, and we'll get it in all these stores and all these stations.' That isn't right. Respect ;Music, Chants & Rapps
When I did 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off', I had the idea on Monday and the following Tuesday it was in budget at Paramount. I couldn't walk.
When I go to a concert, I can't believe that people pay lots of money to see a band that they obviously like and then they dance the whole time. Time ;Money, Coins & Minting
Why watch someone kissing when people really close their eyes when they kiss?