John Hughes: A Life in Film: The Genius Behind Ferris Bueller, The Breakfast Club, Home Alone, and More

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Race Point Publishing, Mar 25, 2015 - Performing Arts - 215 pages
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"There's no way I'm going to end a movie on a negative note." - John Hughes

He allegedly wrote Ferris Bueller's Day Off in four days, Planes, Trains and Automobiles in three days, The Breakfast Club in two days, and Vacation in a week. He never went to film school or studied cinema. And he spent most of his incredible career in the Midwest, far from the Hollywood Hills.

John Hughes was indeed one of the most prolific and successful filmmakers in Hollywood history. He helped launch the careers of Andrew McCarthy, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Macaulay Culkin, and Judd Nelson. He made John Candy a household name.

In this first illustrated tribute to the legendary filmmaker, author Kirk Honeycutt offers a behind-the-scenes look at the genius that was John Hughes--from his humble beginnings in direct mail to his blockbuster success with classics like Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles, Weird Science, and Home Alone. Honeycutt also explores the darker side of John Hughes: his extreme sensitivity, his stormy professional relationships, and the devastation Hughes experienced after the death of his closest friend, John Candy.

Featuring fresh interviews with Matthew Broderick, Ally Sheedy, Judd Nelson, Steve Martin, and Jon Cryer, and a foreword from Home Alone director Chris Columbus, this is the must-read for fans of John Hughes.

"This biography is a fascinating portrait of a brilliant, complex, and wonderful man. John Hughes forever transformed my world, and I am grateful for such a wonderful tribute." - Ally Sheedy

"John Hughes always treated me with respect and consideration, and was most generous with his insight. As a result of Mr. Honeycutt's detailed research, we learn John Hughes the person was even more impressive than John Hughes the writer/director. Reading this book was a bittersweet experience, making me feel the size of the loss of his premature passing. But it also confirmed for me that John Hughes was a giant, and under his great shadow I am fortunate to remain." - Judd Nelson


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In John Hughes: A Life in Film Kirk Honeycutt offers a nice overview of Hughes' career through a mix of film criticism and biography. While this volume is not fully a biography nor in-depth film ... Read full review


Welcome to Hughes World
The Blizzard
The Lampooner
The Coming of Booth Tarkington Jr
Hollywood Bound
Movie Mogul
John Candy
Enfant Terrible
John Hughes Filmography
AcknowledgmentsAuthors NotesSources
Photography Credits
About the Contributors

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About the author (2015)

Kirk Honeycutt was chief film critic for The Hollywood Reporter for many years and subsequent to that, senior film reporter for that publication. He has covered major industry developments and has regularly attended such film festivals as Cannes, Sundance, Berlin, Toronto, Pusan, and Montreal while serving on juries at other festivals.

Earlier in his career, he was chief film critic for the Los Angeles Daily News, a regular contributor to the New York Times' Arts & Leisure section, and a film columnist for the Los Angeles Times.

Honeycutt is a member of the prestigious Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and is the creator of Honeycutt's Hollywood (, a popular film review website. He appears regularly on television, radio, and podcasts, and currently teaches at Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. He lives with his wife, Mira, in Los Angeles.

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