• Aug 7th 2009 at 8:08AM
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Click above to watch the video after the jump – *warning, explicit language

One of the great commercial writers and directors of our time, John Hughes, died yesterday of a heart attack at the age of 59. According to reports, Hughes suffered a heart attack while taking a walk in Manhattan. You may not know Hughes by name, but chances are you've seen plenty of his movies. Hughes wrote, produced, and or directed Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, Weird Science, The Breakfast Club, National Lampoons Vacation, the Home Alone trilogy, as well as Planes, Trains and Automobiles.

That's just about every major comedy of the Eighties and early Nineties, but there is one more John Hughes classic that is closest to our hearts. Ferris Bueller's Day Off was a teenage classic that had all the suspense, drama and comedy we could ever ask for, and it also contained a damn good copy of a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California in a rather prominent role. The real 1961 California had a total production count of 55 units, making it one of the most sought after Ferrari models ever made. If you've ever seen the movie, you know that it's a good thing the red roadster from the movie was actually a replica.

While Hughes has passed, we're lucky enough to have his movies for the rest of time. If you don't mind a bit of explicit language with your movie (and who does?), hit the jump to watch every scene from Ferris Bueller that contained the gorgeous little faux Ferrari. And remember – as Ferris himself noted: "Life moves pretty fast... if you don't stop and look around for a while, you could miss it."

[Sources: ABC News; YouTube]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Weird Science has a special spot in my heart, hahaha seriously...

      • 6 Years Ago
      I learned why Ferrari was desirable from his movies, in 5th grade. I think its safe to say he defined a generation - car enthusiasts and movie buffs alike.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Sometimes, you just gotta say 'WTF'..."
        • 6 Years Ago
        IIRC, that was from Tom Cruise and Curtis Armstrong in Risky Business. (1983) That was a very good movie, but actually written and directed by Paul Brickman, not John Hughes.

        Definitely in the genre, and although a little more than PG-rated, also in the suggested watching list...

        ...but not a Hughes movie.

        Unless I am mis-remembering the quote, it could have been a Ferris Bueller quote as well...
      • 6 Years Ago
      R.I.P. Mr. Hughes.
      And thank you for one of my Top 5 movies of all time, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, maybe even my favorite of all time.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Even though it wasn't really a Ferrari, that car inspired many in my generation to lust after Ferraris (Real Mondail in Weird Science) , convertibles, convertible Ferraris, exotic cars, etc...you get the picture. ;)

      Chick chickahhh
        • 6 Years Ago
        Oh Yeah!

        I love the Planes, Trains and Automobiles movie - one of my favorites. It was laugh out loud funny, then very sad at the end.

        Also, don't forget the Kevin Bacon "She's Having a Baby" was also one of his movies.
      • 6 Years Ago
      You made me who I am today!

      Car Content:

      "Then you can give me a f'ing automobile: a f'ing Datsun, a f'ing Toyota, a f'ing Mustang, a f'ing Buick! Four f'ing wheels and a seat!"
      • 6 Years Ago
      If you ever wondered about the rest of Cameron's parents house from Ferris we had our Ferrari replica filmed there for the realtor a few weeks ago .. I posted about a 2.5 min video of the history of the house. The couple who live there and had the home and garage built were really active vintage racers. My video isn't as fun as the movie clips, but interesting if you ever wondered about the place. It's for sale now because Mrs Rose died a few months ago :( It was really neat having our car in there for the filming..
      • 6 Years Ago
      Very sad news indeed.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I was gonna come in here and say

      "What does this have to do with cars?"

      But then you have the Ferrari vid, so its all good
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think Hughes' prolific movie making record is the reason 7 degrees of Kevin Bacon always works. At some point a John Hughes film comes up at which point you just say "...who also directed Kevin Bacon in 'She's having a baby'". Bam! 7 degrees.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The "Hughes Maneuver", and the "footloose play", probably are indeed the nexus of 7-degrees of Kevin Bacon.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Didn't he produce Great Outdoors as well? I'm not afraid to admit I really enjoy that movie.

      Curly Sue was one my twin sister played constantly (we were 10 at the time) so I don't know if I enjoy it, or got used to it...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yes, he did produce The Great Outdoors. C'mon, you know what they make hot dogs out of, right? :P
      • 6 Years Ago
      Greatest movie.
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