This Is The Army (1943)

MICHAEL CURTIZ Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1943.  Warner Bros.  Screenplay by Casey Robinson, Claude Binyon, based on the plays Yip Yip Yaphank and This Is The Army by Irving Berlin.  Cinematography by Bert Glennon, Sol Polito.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis, Jack L. Warner.   Music by Leo F. Forbstein.  Production Design by John…

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Beethoven’s 2nd (1993)

ROD DANIEL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1993.  Northern Lights Entertainment, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Len Blum, based on characters created by John Hughes, Amy Holden Jones.  Cinematography by Bill Butler.  Produced by Michael C. Gross, Joe Medjuck.  Music by Randy Edelman.  Production Design by Lawrence Miller.  Costume Design by April Ferry.  Film…

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Beethoven (1992)

BRIAN LEVANT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.    USA, 1992.  Universal Pictures, Northern Lights Entertainment.  Screenplay by John Hughes, Amy Holden Jones.  Cinematography by Victor J. Kemper.  Produced by Michael C. Gross, Joe Medjuck.  Music by Randy Edelman.  Production Design by Alex Tavoularis.  Costume Design by Gloria Gresham.  Film Editing by William D. Gordean,…

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Vacation (2015)

JOHN FRANCIS DALEY, JONATHAN GOLDSTEIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.   USA, 2015.  BenderSpink, David Dobkin Productions, New Line Cinema.  Screenplay by John Francis Daley, Jonathan M. Goldstein, based on characters created by John Hughes.  Cinematography by Barry Peterson.  Produced by Chris Bender, David Dobkin.  Music by Mark Mothersbaugh.  Production Design by Barry Robison.  Costume Design by Debra McGuire.  Film Editing by Jamie…

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Maid In Manhattan (2002)

WAYNE WANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2002.  Revolution Studios, Red Om Films.  Story by John Hughes, Screenplay by Kevin Wade.  Cinematography by Karl Walter Lindenlaub.  Produced by Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Paul Schiff, Deborah Schindler.  Music by Alan Silvestri.  Production Design by Jane Musky.  Costume Design by Albert Wolsky.  Film Editing by Craig McKay.   An honest and hardworking hotel chambermaid (Jennifer Lopez) gets the chance to…

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Miracle On 34th Street (1994)

LES MAYFIELD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1994.  Twentieth Century Fox, Hughes Entertainment.  Screenplay by George Seaton, John Hughes, based on the 1947 screenplay by George Seaton, from a story by Valentine Davies.  Cinematography by Julio Macat.  Produced by John Hughes.  Music by Bruce Broughton.  Production Design by Doug Kraner.  Costume Design by Kathy O’Rear.  Film Editing by Raja Gosnell.   Marvelous update…

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The Petrified Forest (1936)

ARCHIE MAYO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1936.  Warner Bros..  Screen play by Charles Kenyon, Delmer Daves, based on the play by Robert E. Sherwood.  Cinematography by Sol Polito.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Bernhard Kaun.  Production Design by John Hughes.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Owen Marks. Early Bette Davis classic is one of the best stage…

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Sixteen Candles (1984)

JOHN HUGHES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1984.  Universal Pictures, Channel Productions. Screenplay by John Hughes.  Cinematography by Bobby Byrne.  Produced by Hilton A. Green.  Music by Ira Newborn.  Production Design by John W. Corso.  Costume Design by Mark Peterson, Marla Denise Schlom.  Film Editing by Edward Warschilka.   While The Breakfast Club is the most intelligent and probing of John Hughes’s…

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The Breakfast Club (1985)

JOHN HUGHES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1985.  Universal Pictures, A&M Films, Channel Productions.  Screenplay by John Hughes.  Cinematography by Thomas Del Ruth.  Produced by John Hughes, Ned Tanen.  Music by Keith Forsey.  Production Design by John W. Corso.  Costume Design by Marilyn Vance.  Film Editing by Dede Allen.   John Hughes scored big points with teenagers with this excellent drama, which continues to…

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Weird Science (1985)

JOHN HUGHES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1985.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by John Hughes.  Cinematography by Matthew F. Leonetti.  Produced by Joel Silver.  Music by Ira Newborn.  Production Design by John W. Corso.  Costume Design by Marilyn Vance.  Film Editing by Chris Lebenzon, Scott K. Wallace, Mark Warner.   Two teenage geeks (Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith) grow tired of being the butt of…

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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

JOHN HUGHES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1986.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by John Hughes.  Cinematography by Tak Fujimoto.  Produced by John Hughes, Tom Jacobson.  Music by Arthur Baker, Ira Newborn, John Robie.  Production Design by John W. Corso.  Costume Design by Marilyn Vance.  Film Editing by Paul Hirsch.   Teenagers have always been huge fans of this John Hughes comedy, and those who were…

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Planes, Trains And Automobiles (1987)

JOHN HUGHES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1987.  Paramount Pictures, Hughes Entertainment. Screenplay by John Hughes.  Cinematography by Donald Peterman.  Produced by John Hughes.  Music by Ira Newborn.  Production Design by John W. Corso.  Costume Design by April Ferry.  Film Editing by Paul Hirsch.   Steve Martin is trying to get home for Thanksgiving but is delayed when weather conditions force his plane…

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