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Born: April 1, 1972 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Detroit, Michigan, USA Profession: Director ...


From "Born II Direct: The Hughes Brothers Interview" by Quendrith Johnson, DGA MAGAZINE, Vol. 20, No.3:

[Question:] Coming off something like "Menace II Society" where it really became part of a public dialogue, are you thinking now that you have to keep making films just like that?

Albert: We don't want to be second-guessed by people, as far as saying, "Oh, it's another hood film, who cares?" Or they say, "It's not positive." We're not out to make positive films, or preach and propagandize to the Black community. It's limiting.

From "Born II Direct: The Hughes Brothers Interview" by Quendrith Johnson, DGA MAGAZINE, Vol. 20, No.3:

Allen: We're interested in the criminal element, whether it's a gangster, pimp, drug-dealer, whatever. We're interested in the underworld and the underclass. There's too many movies about cops saving the world, which isn't true. There's too many movies about good prevailing over evil, which isn't true either. More times than not, there's evil kicking good's ass. Not that you can't walk away, walk out of a movie feeling good. But we have to figure a way so people aren't walking out all choked up over it. So it's not cheesy.

"They expect that black filmmakers know other black filmmakers," says Allen. "You know what? I can give a fuck about those niggers. I can give a shit about white filmmakers too, unless I like their shit." "I don't want to hang around other filmmakers," adds Albert. "I want to hang around with some regular people."

--From "Hughes's Views" by Martha Frankel, "Movieline", March 1994.

"You start dealin' with big stars, that's how films are ruined says Allen. "I don't bring no names up--Sharon Stone. This is Sharon Stone acting," he says, opening his his legs. "Tim Allen, is he gonna be the white Cosby? Are we gonna see a movie every year from this fool? Keanu Reeves is gettin' $7 million [offers]--have you seen this guy ACT?"

--From "The Hugheses: 'Dead' at 22" by Tim Appelo, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, January 13, 1995.

"Spike Lee, until [cinematographer] Ernest Dickerson left him was a really good technical director."--From "The Hughes One-Two Punch" by Sean Mitchell, LOS ANGELES TIMES, October 1, 1995.

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