The Breakfast Club

February 15th, 1985

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The Breakfast Club

Still of Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy and Anthony Michael Hall in The Breakfast ClubStill of Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy and Anthony Michael Hall in The Breakfast Club

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.

Release Year: 1985

Rating: 7.9/10 (99,430 voted)

Critic's Score: 62/100

Director: John Hughes

Stars: Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald

They were five students with nothing in common, faced with spending a Saturday detention together in their high school library. At 7 a.m., they had nothing to say, but by 4 p.m., they had bared their souls to each other and become good friends. To the outside world they were simply the Jock, the Brain, the Criminal, the Princess and the Kook, but to each other, they would always be the Breakfast Club.

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 - Allison's Father
Mary Christian - Brian's Sister
Ron Dean - Andy's Father
Tim Gamble - Claire's Father
Fran Gargano - Allison's Mom
Mercedes Hall - Brian's Mom

Taglines: They only met once, but it changed their lives forever.

Release Date: 15 February 1985

Filming Locations: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Opening Weekend: $5,107,599 (USA) (18 February 1985)

Gross: $45,875,171 (USA)

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Did You Know?

Before Claire lights up a joint, Brian (Anthony Michael Hall) puts on a pair of sunglasses and speaks in a strange, very high voice. In a later John Hughes movie Weird Science, Hall does this again for almost an entire scene.

Continuity: During the scene where Principal Vernon is caught looking through confidential files by Carl the janitor, the position of Carl's arm as the two discuss the situation changes from on top of the cabinet to inside the drawer with each cut.

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.

User Review

Remember yourself


We all remember being a teenager. A crazy, intense time when your high were higher and your lows were lower, and every experience was that much more significant.

John Hughes movie brilliantly captures that environment, that era in our lives, and all the social rifts that we all helped to create for ourselves. I have heard it said that "The Breakfast Club" is melodramatic, overacted, and simplistic. If you subscribe to that flippant perspective you might as well join Vernon in his office because you are doing the same thing that he did. Seeing the movie as you want to see it, in the simplest terms and the most convenient definitions.

If you really want to understand this film, think back to your own high school days. Think about your last year there. Dig out your old diary or book of angstful poems and reaquaint yourself with who you were then, when you felt things more deeply. "The Breakfast Club" does not exist not for highschool kids, as some suggest. Why would they need it? They live there. It exists for all of us who have already been through there, who feel that they are above it now. It exists so that we can remember what it was like and better understand ourselves, and the next generation. Because you can't dismiss something you understand.

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