The Breakfast Club ()

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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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Andrew Clark
Richard Vernon
Brian Johnson
John Bender
Claire Standish
Allison Reynolds
Perry Crawford ...
Allison's Father
Mary Christian ...
Brian's Sister
Andy's Father
Tim Gamble ...
Claire's Father
Fran Gargano ...
Allison's Mom
Mercedes Hall ...
Brian's Mom
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brian's Father (uncredited)

Directed by

John Hughes

Written by

John Hughes ... (written by)

Produced by

Gil Friesen ... executive producer
John Hughes ... producer
Michelle Manning ... co-producer
Andrew Meyer ... executive producer
Ned Tanen ... producer

Music by

Keith Forsey

Cinematography by

Thomas Del Ruth ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Dede Allen

Editorial Department

Donah Bassett ... negative cutter
Jerrie Fowler ... assistant film editor: Chicago
Nancy Frazen ... assistant film editor
William Goldenberg ... apprentice film editor
Aubrey Head ... color timer
Jim Miller ... associate film editor (as James W. Miller)
John Therieau ... assistant film editor
Scott K. Wallace ... assistant film editor (as Scott Wallace)

Casting By

Jackie Burch

Production Design by

John W. Corso

Set Decoration by

Jennifer Polito

Costume Design by

Marilyn Vance

Makeup Department

Robyn Goldman ... makeup artist
Ron Walters ... makeup artist
Linle White ... hair stylist

Production Management

John C. Chulay ... unit production manager
Adam Fields ... executive in charge of production
Richard Hashimoto ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Robert P. Cohen ... first assistant director
James Giovannetti Jr. ... second assistant director (as James R. Giovannetti Jr.)

Art Department

Marc Fambro ... carpenter
Jack M. Marino ... property master (as Jack Marino)
Paul Stanwyck ... head painter: Chicago
Ted Wilson ... carpenter

Sound Department

Greg Agalsoff ... boom man
James R. Alexander ... sound mixer (as Jim Alexander)
Charles L. Campbell ... supervising sound editor
Larry Carow ... sound editor
Richard C. Franklin ... sound editor (as Rick Franklin)
Robert L. Hoyt ... supervising re-recording mixer (as Bob Hoyt)
Nicholas Korda ... adr editor (as Nick Korda)
Daniel J. Leahy ... re-recording mixer
Chuck Neely ... assistant sound editor
John Roesch ... foley
Joan Rowe ... foley
Jerry Stanford ... sound editor (as Jerry R. Stanford)
John J. Stephens ... re-recording mixer

Special Effects by

William H. Schirmer ... special effects (as Bill Schirmer)

Camera and Electrical Department

Art Bartels ... key grip: Chicago
Ben Beaird ... key grip
George Bouillet ... director of photography: Chicago
Danny Buck ... gaffer (as Dan Buck)
Henry M. Lebo ... camera operator (as Henry Lebo)
Gregory Lundsgaard ... panaglide operator (as Greg Lundsgaard)
Kyle T. MacDowell ... electrician
Mike Moyer ... gaffer: Chicago
Mark Simon ... assistant camera operator: Chicago
Kenneth Zunder ... assistant camera operator (as Ken Zunder)

Casting Department

David Gonzales ... casting assistant
Janice Papolos ... casting coordinator

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Phyllis Corcoran-Woods ... costume assistant
Eddie Marks ... costumer
Christine Zamiara ... costume assistant

Music Department

David Anderle ... music supervisor: A & M Films
Gary Chang ... composer: additional music
Dave Concors ... music engineer
Keith Forsey ... music supervisor
Carlton Kaller ... assistant music editor (as Carl Kaller)
Ted Whitfield ... music editor

Script and Continuity Department

Bob Forrest ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

Patrick Nallon ... transportation captain (as Pat Nallon)

Additional Crew

Wayne Fitzgerald ... titles
Al Gomez ... assistant: Michelle Manning
Dorain Grusman ... choreographer
Ross L. Kulma ... first aid
Sly Lovegren ... production coordinator (as Sly Lovgren)
Marty Pessin ... auditor
Fredell Pogodin ... unit publicist
Sam Rath ... production assistant
Kathleen Sacchi ... coordinator: L.A.
Susan Vanderbeek ... production secretary (as Sue Vanderbeck)
Jane Vickerilla ... assistant: Mr. Hughes
Linnea Ebba Wicklund ... production assistant (as Linnea Wicklund)


Marlene Alexander ... the producers wish to thank: for their generous cooperation in the making of this motion picture
Bobby Richter ... the producers wish to thank: for their generous cooperation in the making of this motion picture
Don Stillwell ... the producers wish to thank: for their generous cooperation in the making of this motion picture

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Plot Summary

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 nine hours, they may come to a different opinion of themselves and the other four. Written by Huggo

Plot Keywords
Taglines They only met once, but it changed their lives forever. See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Breakfast Club (Japan, English title)
  • Breakfast Club (France)
  • Der Frühstücksclub (Germany)
  • El club de los cinco (Spain)
  • Μπρέκφαστ Κλαμπ (Greece)
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  • 97 min
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Box Office

Budget $1,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $5,107,599, 18 Feb 1985
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $51,525,171

Did You Know?

Trivia The scene in which all characters sit in a circle on the floor in the library and tell stories about why they were in detention was not scripted. Writer and director John Hughes told them all to ad-lib. See more »
Goofs Throughout the movie it appears that Bender is wearing Claire's diamond earring in his left ear, even though she doesn't give it to him until the very end of the film. However, it is actually an ear cuff that is worn anywhere above the earlobe on the outer part of the ear. It is clearly seen when he puts on her earring. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Songwriter/Nineteen Eighty-Four/Witness/Mrs. Soffel (1985). See more »
Soundtracks Don't You (Forget About Me) See more »
Crazy Credits 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 »
Quotes Andrew: We're all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that's all.
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