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John Hughes – Memorable Quotes from the Quintessential ’80s Comedy Writer-Director


John Hughes, the writer-director-producer who first gained fame in the early ’80s with teen angst comedies like The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, died Thursday in Manhattan of a heart attack. He was 59. While his other teen classics Sixteen Candles and Pretty in Pink forever linked him with actress-muse Molly Ringwald, Hughes actually wrote and directed a number of other successful movies like Planes, Trains and Automobiles and Uncle Buck for the late great comedian John Candy. Additionally, he wrote a number of the National Lampoon movies and later scripted films like Drillbit Taylor under a pseudonym, Edmond Dantès.

After the jump is a sampling of memorable quotes from Hughes’ career. (See if you can guess the source.) Click here for a photo tribute to his life in movies.

“Bueller?  Bueller?”

“What about prom, Blane? WHAT ABOUT PROM?”

“I do have a test today, that wasn’t bullshit. It’s on European socialism. I mean, really, what’s the point? 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, it still doesn’t change the fact that I don’t own a car.”

“I am now, and will forever be, a Duckman.”

“I don’t know why they call this stuff Hamburger Helper. It does just fine by itself, huh?”

“That’s right, I’m Abe Froman.”

“The Sausage King of Chicago?”

“Pardon my French, but Cameron is so tight that if you stuck a lump of coal up his ass, in two weeks you’d have a diamond.”

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

“I’ve had men that have loved me before, but not for six months, in a row.”

“I did not achieve this position in life by having some snot-nosed punk leave my cheese out in the wind.”

“I can’t believe I gave my panties to a geek.”

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