The Breakfast Club (1985)

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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 a Brain, an Athlete, a Basket Case, a Princess, and a Criminal, but to each other, they would always be the Breakfast Club.
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Cast: Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald

Crew: John Hughes (Director), Thomas Del Ruth (Director of Photography), Keith Forsey (Music Director)

Genres: Comedy, Drama

Release Dates: 15 Feb 1985 (India)

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

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Did you know? Emilio Estevez was originally going to play Bender, but John Hughes couldn't find someone to play Andrew Clark so Emilio agreed to play Clark. Read More
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as Andrew Clark
as John Bender
as Claire Standish
as Allison Reynolds
as Brian Johnson
as Allison's Mom
as Carl
as Brian's Sister
as Brian's Mom
as Richard Vernon
as Allison's Father
as Andy's Father
as Claire's Father


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They only met once, but it changed their lives forever.
Five strangers with nothing in common, except each other.
Factual Mistake
In the end credits, "Illinois Film Commission" is misspelled "Illinois Film Comission."

Factual Mistake
In the end credits, one of the high schools used is listed as "Main North High School" when it was the already-defunct Maine North High School.

Character Error
In the opening sequence, there is a newspaper with a wrestling article featuring Andrew "Clarke". In the credits, Andy's last name is spelled "Clark".

When they are having lunch the cans of Coca-Cola change between Coca-Cola Classic and "New" Coke.

During the discussion the Club has while sitting on the floor, Claire's hairstyle changes back and forth from one shot to the next.

While Bender is crawling through the ceiling, you can see the chain for his wallet while he's crawling in both directions (flipped shot); the first scene his lips are moving (telling his joke), the second scene, they are not moving.

The clock in the library changes during the same scenes throughout the movie.

When Bender sticks the knife into the chair it is leaning slightly to the left side of the screen. The movie cuts back to Andy and back to Bender where Allison steals the knife that is now leaning to the right side of the screen.

When Mr. Vernon comes in and asks why is the door closed, you can see the chair he later uses to keep the door open, near the corner of the wall. When he goes back to get it, the chair has moved a foot to the right.

When the principal and Carl are talking in the filing room, the label card on the file drawer is slanted up and sideways. In the next shot it is perfectly down, then switches back to up and slanted.

The pimples on Claire's chin appear and disappear throughout the movie.

After Claire puts on her lipstick, she puts the cap on and puts it in her purse. In the next shot, it is in her hands again, and then she puts it away a second time.
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. John Hughes told them all to ad-lib.

John Hughes almost fired Judd Nelson because of his negative attitude towards Molly Ringwald off camera. Paul Gleason convinced Hughes that Nelson was a great actor and was merely trying to stay in character.

The ages of everyone in the principle cast at the time of filming are: Judd Nelson (26), Molly Ringwald (17), Emilio Estevez (23), Anthony Michael Hall (17) and Ally Sheedy (23).

John Hughes wrote the screenplay to this movie in just two days (4 and 5 July 1982).

The dandruff that Allison shakes onto her penciled drawing for snow was achieved by sprinkling Parmesan cheese.

Molly Ringwald was originally asked to play Allison but wanted to play Claire, she eventually convinced John Hughes and the studio and was given the part.

The coke cans that the teenagers drink from have the Olympic sign due to the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.

Judd Nelson made up many of the terms used in the movie, including "Neo-Maxi Zoomdweebie".

In 2010, Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall told Vanity Fair magazine that John Hughes was receptive to actors' improvisations, and some of them (including Brian's reason for having a fake ID - "so I can vote") made it into the final film.

Anthony Michael Hall's mother Mercedes Hall and younger sister Mary Christian play his character Brian's mother and sister in the movie.

The joke that Bender tells but never finishes (while crawling through the ceiling) actually has no punchline. According to Judd Nelson, he ad-libbed the line. Originally, he was supposed to tell a joke that would end when he came back into the library and said, "Forgot my pencil", but no one could come up with a joke for that punchline.

The switchblade used in the movie actually belonged to Judd Nelson. He explained that he had it for protection purposes.

Ally Sheedy suggested the David Bowie quote at the beginning of the film to John Hughes, who liked it and thus included it in the opening.

Alison does not speak until 33 minutes into the film.

Emilio Estevez was originally going to play Bender, but John Hughes couldn't find someone to play Andrew Clark so Emilio agreed to play Clark.

Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, and Ally Sheedy played high school students in this film, the same year that they would portray college graduates in St. Elmo's Fire (1985).

Ranked at #1 for Entertaiment Weekly's 50 Best High School Movies (2006).

Claire's entire ensemble was purchased specially for the character from a Ralph Lauren store, the only one in Chicago at the time. John Hughes had rejected the original costume on the grounds that it wasn't sophisticated enough.

Director John Hughes said that the cast rehearsed the entire movie as if it was a play a few times before filming began. After the film was a hit, Hughes was asked to write the script as a play so high schoolers could perform it.

The library in which this movie takes place was actually constructed in the gymnasium of Maine North High School specifically for the film. The school closed down in 1982, two years before filming began. The building had been used for park district purposes and the Chicago Blitz before the Illinois state police bought it, turning it into a police station, which it still is to this day.

The marijuana the actors smoke in the film was actually oregano.

Nicolas Cage was originally considered for the role of John Bender but the production couldn't afford his salary at the time. John Cusack was originally cast as John Bender, but John Hughes decided to replace him with Judd Nelson before shooting began.

Rick Moranis was originally cast as the janitor; he left due to creative differences and was replaced by John Kapelos.

The song which Judd Nelson hums the guitar riff to at the beginning of the movie is the opening of "Sunshine of Your Love" by Cream.

While eating lunch, Andrew (Emilio Estevez) takes his lunch out of a "Happy Foods" paper grocery bag. Happy Foods is an actual grocery store in the north/northwest suburbs of Chicago.

As an end-of-filming present, John Hughes gave each actor a piece of the "library's" banister.

Director John Hughes insisted that the entire cast and crew eat their meals on location in the Maine North High School cafeteria.

When Bender is distracting Vernon while the others make their way back to the library, part of the song he sings is a few lines from "Turning Japanese" by The Vapors. The other part he sings while running down the hallway are lines from a US Military cadence: "I wanna be an Airborne Ranger"

Director John Hughes actually attended Glenbrook North High School, one of the schools where the movie was filmed.

Other proposed titles were "The Lunch Bunch" and "Library Revolution".

At the very closing part of the film where Judd Nelson raises his fist in defiance, that was actually ad libbed. He was supposed to just walked into the sunset, so to speak, and the director asked him to play around with a few actions. When he was done and they were finishing up, Judd Nelson through his fist up with running it by anyone. Everyone loved it, and it has become an iconic symbol of the 1980's.