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The Breakfast Club (1985)

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Five high school students, all different stereotypes, meet in detention, where they pour their hearts out to each other, and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought.



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Beyond being in the same class at Shermer High School in Shermer, Illinois, Claire Standish, Andrew Clark, John Bender, Brian Johnson and Allison Reynolds have little in common, and with the exception of Claire and Andrew, do not associate with each other in school. In the simplest and in their own terms, Claire is a princess, Andrew an athlete, John a criminal, Brian a brain, and Allison a basket case. But one other thing they do have in common is a nine hour detention in the school library together on Saturday, March 24, 1984, under the direction of Mr. Vernon, supervising from his office across the hall. Each is required to write a minimum one thousand word essay during that time about who they think they are. At the beginning of those nine hours, each, if they were indeed planning on writing that essay, would probably write something close to what the world sees of them, and what they have been brainwashed into believing of themselves. But based on their adventures during that ... Written by Huggo

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Five strangers with nothing in common, except each other. See more »


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

15 February 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Breakfast Club  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)


$38,100,000 (USA)

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Paul Gleason played Vernon again in the parody of teenage movies Not Another Teen Movie (2001). Molly Ringwald has a cameo and Anthony Michael Hall is mentioned. See more »


Allison's eye makeup changes from scene to scene. See more »


[Claire is doing Allison's make-up]
Claire: You know, you look a lot better without all that black shit under your eyes.
Allison Reynolds: Hey, I like all that black shit... Why are you being so nice to me?
Claire: Because you're letting me.
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Opens with the following which then explodes from the screen. "And these children that you spit on as they try to change their worlds; are immune to your consultations, they are quite aware of what they are going through." -David Bowie See more »


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Heart Too Hot To Hold
[performed by] Jesse Johnson and Stephanie Spruill
Produced by Keith Forsey
Words by Keith Forsey, Laurie Forsey, Jesse Johnson, and Michael Frondelli
Music by Keith Forsey and Laurie Forsey
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One of the best movies ever
6 May 2003 | by (San Antonio, Texas) – See all my reviews

After reading some of the negative comments made about this movie, i decided to make some of my own. Yes, to younger viewers,this movie will appear to be outdated. The only thing "outdated" is the clothing styles and the music. It doesnt matter what year you went to high school or what school you even went to, there will always be a "criminal", a "jock", a "princess", a "nerd", and a "basket case". This movie is the best teenage movie, no matter when you are a teenager!

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