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The Breakfast Club (1985)

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Five high school students meet in Saturday detention and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought.

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John Hughes

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John Hughes
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Complete credited cast:
Emilio Estevez ... Andrew Clark
Paul Gleason ... Richard Vernon
Anthony Michael Hall ... Brian Johnson
John Kapelos ... Carl
Judd Nelson ... John Bender
Molly Ringwald ... Claire Standish
Ally Sheedy ... Allison Reynolds
Perry Crawford Perry Crawford ... Allison's Father
Mary Christian Mary Christian ... Brian's Sister
Ron Dean ... Andy's Father
Tim Gamble Tim Gamble ... Claire's Father
Fran Gargano Fran Gargano ... Allison's Mom
Mercedes Hall Mercedes Hall ... Brian's Mom
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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 »

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Amazingly, ten years after this came out, in 1995, Molly Ringwald was offered another teenage girl part! She was offered the role of Sidney Prescott, the final girl in Scream. Screenwriter Kevin Williamson offered it to her first, before Neve Campbell or Drew Barrymore, because he was such a fan of Sixteen Candles and Breakfast Club. Although Molly was flattered, she turned him down, saying "I don't want to be a 28 year old still playing high school girls in movies". Ironically most of the "kids" in the movie were about Molly's age: Rose Mcgowan was 24, Neve Cambell was 24, Skeech Ulrich was 26, Matthew Lilliard was 26, Jamie Kennedy was 25 and Drew Barrymore was 25. See more »

Goofs

The reasons Bender, Andy and Brian were in detention (pulling the fire alarm, assault and having a gun at school respectively) would typically warrant them being expelled at most schools. In a modern school this is certainly true, but the film came out in 1985, when attitudes towards these activities would have been strict, but more lax than those of the modern era. Additionally, Brian brought a flare gun, not a handgun that could have killed or injured someone. See more »

Quotes

Andrew: I said, leave her alone.
Bender: You gonna make me?
Andrew: Yeah.
Bender: You and how many of your friends?
Andrew: Just me. Just you and me. Two hits. Me hitting you. You hitting the floor. Anytime you're ready, pal.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits are played over a darker freezing frame of John Bender (Judd Nelson) at the field with his fist pump See more »

Alternate Versions

When they sneak out of the library, there is a scene where Dick is at the vending machine getting some candy. He loses his money and starts kicking the machine. Every one has to run by this door one at a time to get where they are going. They all run by just missing being noticed. Ally Sheedy however slowly walks by stops and stares at Dick kicking the machine then slowly walks past unnoticed. Molly Ringwald then says "She's nuts but she's cool" See more »

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Waiting
[performed by] Elizabeth Daily
Produced by Keith Forsey
Words and Music by Keith Forsey and Steve Schiff
Courtesy of A&M Records
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One of the best portrayals of adolescent life ever done
4 April 2005 | by bppihlSee all my reviews

John Hughes is in my opinions the "king of teens." Each of his teen films is great, from "Sixteen Candles", "Pretty in Pink" (which he co-wrote and produced), and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." They all have funny and serious moments and are classics. By the same token, "The Breakfast Club" is no exception. However, it stands out as doing the best job of the above films at portraying 80s teen life (and perhaps even teen life today) as it really was (is). Hence the familiar plot: Five high school students from different crowds in school (a nerd, a jock, a prom queen, a delinquent, and a loner) are thrown together for a Saturday detention in their school library for various reasons. Detention is supervised by the gruff and demeaning principal Richard Vernon, believably portrayed by Paul Gleason. As the day progresses, each member tells the story of why they are in detention, and by day's end they realize they have more in common than they ever imagined.

What makes the film unique is that each character tells his or her own story with credibility and persistence. Jock Andrew Clark (Emilio Estevez) is under pressure from his father to perform up to high standards, which Mr. Clark believes will add to his (dad's) lost youth. Nerd Brian Johnson (Anthony Michael Hall) excels academically, but is failing shop class. Neither he nor his family can accept an F. Delinquent John Bender (Judd Nelson), while tough on the exterior, masks a difficult home life. Prom queen Claire(Molly Ringwald) has pressure to conform from her friends, as well as issues with her parental unit. Loner Allison (Ally Sheedy) has few if any friends, wears all black, and has similar problems at home. Can the emotional bonding they share in detention hold true beyond the library, and can stereotypes be broken?

"The Breakfast Club" presents no-doubt stereotypical characters, and every member represents countless real-life examples. But what makes it so enjoyable is that applies a variety of themes to its context: prejudice/discrimination, acceptance/tolerance, diversity, class/status differences, family matters, group dynamics, etc. It also encourages us to look at others and ourselves beyond surface-level appearances. Finally, "The Breakfast Club" has great 1980s pop culture and societal integrations, from the soundtrack with Simple Minds "Don't You (Forget about Me), to wealthy, surburban American life (haves and have nots), and superficial values of the "me" decade. It reminds us that there truly is diversity in all of us. We are different, but we are all "the same" in one way or another.


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

15 February 1985 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Park Ridge, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,107,599, 18 February 1985

Gross USA:

$45,875,171

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$51,525,171
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