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
Molly Ringwald said in 2018 that she finds the crowd-pleasing romance between her character and Bender, played by Judd Nelson, difficult to root for now. She said "Bender sexually harasses Claire throughout the film. When he's not sexualizing her, he takes out his rage on her with vicious contempt, calling her 'pathetic,' mocking her as 'Queenie.' It's rejection that inspires his vitriol. Claire acts dismissively toward him, and, in a pivotal scene near the end, she predicts that at school on Monday morning, even though the group has bonded, things will return, socially, to the status quo. He never apologizes for any of it, but, nevertheless, he gets the girl in the end." See more »
If the movie takes place in March 1984 the Illinois state wrestling championships were in February 1984 and therefore Andrew would not have had a meet the following weekend.
There are no dual meets after the championships. He would likely have also called it a dual or dual meet not just a meet. See more »
[opening narration immediately after the title sequence]
Saturday, March 24, 1984. Shermer High School, Shermer, Illinois, 60062. Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. What we did *was* wrong. But we think you're crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. What do you care? You see us as you want to see us - in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. You see us...
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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 BowieSee more »
VHS releases change the majority of the soundtrack, current DVD and Blu-ray releases have the original theatrical soundtrack See more »
This is one of the best '80s movies out there mostly thanks to the script and the impressive acting of the all involved.
In a rare case of voice-over working The Breakfast Club delivers on its intended purpose of addressing alienation, relating and drama at the teenage level, but the fun and comedy is never too far out from the picture.
Of the two girls Claire is the pretty one and no wonder she gets upskirted. And of course women being women the bad boy gets her to be his.
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