Breakfast Club

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Overview

John Hughes wrote and directed this quintessential 1980s high school drama featuring the hottest young stars of the decade. Trapped in a day-long Saturday detention in a prison-like school library are Claire, the princess Molly Ringwald; Andrew, the jock Emilio Estevez; John, the criminal Judd Nelson; Brian, the brain Anthony Michael Hall; and Allison, the basket case Ally Sheedy. These five strangers begin the day with nothing in common, each bound to his/her place in the high school caste system. Yet the ...
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Overview

John Hughes wrote and directed this quintessential 1980s high school drama featuring the hottest young stars of the decade. Trapped in a day-long Saturday detention in a prison-like school library are Claire, the princess Molly Ringwald; Andrew, the jock Emilio Estevez; John, the criminal Judd Nelson; Brian, the brain Anthony Michael Hall; and Allison, the basket case Ally Sheedy. These five strangers begin the day with nothing in common, each bound to his/her place in the high school caste system. Yet the students bond together when faced with the villainous principal Paul Gleason, and they realize that they have more in common than they may think, including a contempt for adult society. "When you grow up, your heart dies," Allison proclaims in one of the film's many scenes of soul-searching, and, judging from the adults depicted in the film, the teen audience may very well agree. Released in a decade overflowing with derivative teen films, The Breakfast Club has developed an almost cult-like status, and it has become a classic of the genre thanks to its band of talented stars and attempt to examine the stereotypes found in American high schools.
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Special Features

Sincerely Yours - In this 12-part documentary, Judd Nelson, Anthony Michael Hall, Ally Sheedy and other cast members of the Breakfast Club reflect on the making of the film that defined an entire generation! revisit the unforgettable characters and music plus hear filmmakers such as Amy Heckerling (Fast Times As Ridgemont High) and Diablo Cody (Juno) as they discuss the cultural resonance of the film; The Most Convenient Definitions: The Origins of the Brat Pack - cast members, journalists and film historians discuss the "Brat Pack" label and its impact on pop culture and the groups careers; Feature commentary with Judd Nelson and Anthony Michael Hall
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Robert Firsching
The best of director John Hughes' many teen-angst films of the 1980s, this perceptive, absorbing comedy-drama basically puts five different teenage archetypes in a classroom for Saturday detention and lets them interact. Judd Nelson is most memorable as a bully who reveals his abusive home life, but the entire ensemble cast is terrific. Adults may be somewhat distraught by the amount of venom directed their way, and the idea that one day in detention could unite such disparate types stretches credibility, but the result is a sometimes heartbreaking, often hilarious, surprisingly moving film.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/16/2008
  • UPC: 025195018647
  • Original Release: 1985
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Special Edition / Wide Screen / Slip Sleeve
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 1:37:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 4,296

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Emilio Estevez Andrew Clark
Judd Nelson John Bender
Molly Ringwald Claire Standish
Anthony Michael Hall Brian Johnson
Ally Sheedy Allison Reynolds
Paul Gleason Richard Vernon
John Kapelos Carl
Jackie Burch
Mary Christian Brian's Sister
Perry Crawford Allison's Father
Ron Dean Andy's Father
Tim Gamble Claire's Father
Fran Gargano Allison's Mother
Mercedes Hall Brian's Mother
Maureen McGovern
Technical Credits
John Hughes Director, Producer, Screenwriter
James Alexander Sound/Sound Designer
Dede Allen Editor
Jackie Burch Casting
Gary Chang Score Composer
John W. Corso Production Designer
Keith Forsey Score Composer
Gil Friesen Executive Producer
Dorain Grusman Choreography
Michelle Manning Co-producer
Andrew Meyer Executive Producer
James M. Miller Editor
Jennifer Polito Set Decoration/Design
Dale Pollock Producer
Thomas del Ruth Cinematographer
Bill Schirmer Special Effects
Ned Tanen Producer
Marilyn Vance Costumes/Costume Designer
Ron Walters Makeup
Chris Zamiara Costumes/Costume Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Breakfast Club
1. Main Titles [2:05]
2. A Saturday in Detention [3:43]
3. Who Do You Think You Are? [9:36]
4. Monkey Business [5:40]
5. Passing the Time [1:51]
6. Parents [7:17]
7. The Custodial Artists [1:23]
8. Personal Business [5:25]
9. Lunchtime [6:15]
10. Being Bag Feels Pretty Good [6:40]
11. A Man of Respect [1:44]
12. A Ruckus [3:58]
13. Blazing Up [2:17]
14. Highly Sensitive Areas [8:32]
15. Group Therapy [:56]
16. We Are Not Alone [18:41]
17. Sincerely Yours, The Breakfast Club [5:59]
18. End Titles [2:43]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Breakfast Club
   Play
   Scenes
   Bonus
      Sincerely Yours
         Play All
         Will You Recognize Me?
         I'll Be Alone Dancing - You Know It, Baby
         Think of the Tender Things That We Were Working On
         Will You Call My Name?
         Brian Ralph Johnson
         Andrew Clark
         Claire Standish
         John Bender
         Alison Reynolds
         Carl
         Richard Vernon
         Don't You Forget About Me
      The Most Convenient Definitions: The Origins of the Brat Pack
      Feature Commentary With Anthony Michael Hall and Judd Nelson: On/Off
      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Language
         English 5.1 Dolby Digital
         English 5.1 DTS
         Español
         Français
         Feature Commentary With Anthony Michael Hall and Judd Nelson
      Subtitles
         English SDH
         Español
         Français
         Off
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted September 3, 2011

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    LOVED!!!

    FIVE STARS ALL THEY WAY!!!!!!! I saw this movie when i was 7 or 8. Ever since then i have been in love w/ this movie. I have a feeling i always will be. I don't even know why i really love it, i just know i do and that i would be missing out now if i didn't have this movie. You will be as well if you don't at least see-rent-SOMETHING-it. So, do. NOW.
    No, really, right now. Why are you even still reading this? GO and start watching the gretest movie EVER. ;)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 19, 2013

    After a long week of school, most teenagers can¿t wait for the w

    After a long week of school, most teenagers can’t wait for the weekend to come. For most, the weekend is filled with sleeping in and hanging out with friends, all while forgetting about the stresses such as homework, sports practice or teachers. Now imagine being forced to participate in a day long detention during these treasured days, especially with people you do not know or care for. In John Hughes’ creation The Breakfast Club, this is exactly the fate of five rule breaking students. John Hughes’ ability to take a basic storyline of five students who do not know anything about each other and transform it into an intricate story on how you should not judge a book by its cover; makes this film one for the ages. Teenagers, including myself, will be able to relate to this movie for decades to come. 
    The entire movie takes place on a Saturday, where five teenagers from all walks of life are brought together to fulfill their punishment; serving an all-day detention. These five teenagers each belong to completely different cliques and in the beginning, seem to have nothing in common. There is the jock (Emilio Estevez), the prom queen (Molly Ringwald), the school genius (Anthony Michael Hall), the outcast (Ally Sheedy), and of course the trouble maker (Judd Nelson). These five strangers are forced to spend all day together within the confinements of a high school library. As expected, they do not talk to each other in the beginning but by the end of the day they have formed a unique bond shaped by the struggles they all of faced in their life. This bond will forever link them together no matter what life has in store for them. 
    Sounds cheesy, right? Although it may be a predictable plot, The Breakfast Club script keeps the audience entertained with its unpredictable dialogue between the band of misfit teenagers. The topics of the group’s discussions relate to what teenagers go through on a day to day basis in the ever complicated structure of high school life. As the group begins to open up, the conversations range from the normal teen frustrations of home life to the pressures of school groups and friends. John Hughes also throws in comedic scenes where the school trouble maker (Judd Nelson) is smart talking the detention supervisor. This script will have movie goers laughing one moment, crying the next and even have them contemplating the meaning of high school and life in general. 

    The performance by the actors within this film, add to the overall intricacy and story of the film. The actors allow the movie goers the ability to draw similarities with at least one of the characters. They portray their characters to a tee; whether you relate to the quick comebacks of the school trouble maker or the awkwardness of the outcast who doesn’t talk or make eye contact with anyone. Their performances make the story believable and relatable which allows the movie goer to be drawn in from the moment each character steps through the doors of the high school library. Each scene will have the movie viewer reminiscing about their own experiences in high school.
    The Breakfast Club will be a movie that will stand the test of time. John Hughes’ direction along with the incredible chemistry from the cast makes this a must see movie for all ages. Many including myself will be longing for their own moment when they can find people to make their own unique bond with and create their own “breakfast club”.

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  • Posted September 5, 2011

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    you'll wish you had detention on a saturday

    seriously best movie ever. i watched it for the first time a couple years ago and it was amazing. i wish something like this could actually happen in real life. the only minor flaw is that molly ringwald could have delivered a better preformance, but it wasn't bad enough to bring the whole movie down. the end of the movie though is undoubtably the best part-when judd nelson puts the diamond earring in and it freeze frames on him with his fist in the air. my two favorite characters were probably the ones played by judd nelson and anthony michael hall. ally sheedy also gives a pretty good preformance. it's one of those movies where it has funny moments but i definately wouldn't call it a comedy. also, just a warning, they use some pretty offensive language throughout the movie and they also talk about some pretty depressing things so if you're looking for a big laugh where everything is fine and dandy throughout the whole movie this wouldn't be a great choice. it's amazing though, like i said, my favorite movie, and it's totally timeless.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Dont You Forget About This Movie

    Much like the title song of this movie, "Don't You Forget About Me," this is a movie that you will always remember. While The Breakfast Club was made 25 years ago, it still affects us in the same way it did in 1985. Five high school students, "a Brain, a Jock, a Princess, a Basket case, and a Criminal," are brought together at Saturday morning detention. While each of them in their own respective place on the high school caste system have nothing in common, they find they are more alike than they might ever believe.
    One of the great things about this movie is how each character has their own unique style, and each actor portrays that so well. Judd Nelson becomes the delinquent, sarcastic, and angry John Bender. Ally Sheedy was perfect at showing how strange, completely different, and unorthodox Allison is. It is almost as if the actors became the people that they were portraying instead of reading a script and pretending to be a different person. I would especially say this about the end of the movie, when the characters start changing their views and attitudes about each other and see that they are all similar. The scenes turn into a roller coaster of emotions and events, but the actors never lose their character. To second this notion, some of the scenes were not scripted. The director had the actors improvise some of the key passages of the film.
    Another thing I like about this movie is that while most movies spend time building up the plot with dull scenes, this movie does not follow that. The movie never has a dull moment and never loses its luster. Whether there's drama like the scenes where they pour their hearts out to each other, or funny scenes like when Bender was telling his joke while crawling through the vent, or suspenseful moments like when Mr. Vernon challenges Bender to fight him in the closet, this flick will not lose your attention.
    Nonetheless, one of the greatest parts of this production is the message it brings and how relevant it is to even our everyday lives. In the beginning, the characters seem like five different extremes. They soon realize that they are more similar than they could ever imagine. Once they learn to put their vast differences aside, they realize that they are all going through a great struggle in their lives. They are all the same person underneath it all, and they are all trying to figure out who they are and get through the troubling times in their lives. It doesn't matter who you are, this film shows that you're not that different from the people around you. This applies to everyone no matter what age or group you are part of.
    It all started with John Hughes, the director and writer of this flick. Hughes also wrote Weird Science, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Vacation, and Trains, Planes, and Automobiles. Most of his movies have similar messages and themes, in addition to the same style and humor. If you love any of these movies, then you will definitely like The Breakfast Club, and vice versa.
    Referring to the High School Reunion Collection version of the DVD, the one way this movie disappoints is with its lack of extra features. The only feature is the movie trailer. While the quality has been enhanced well, the sound is still poor and you will sometimes have to turn up the volume just to hear what the actors are saying. However, overall this is a remarkable movie. One's cinematic experience is lacking without it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Smart Mixture of Comedy and Drama

    Though it may seem like just a "teen movie," almost everyone can relate to The Breakfast Club, because most people have been through high school life. Though the actors weren't all high school teens at the time of this movie, they skillfully embody the personalities of common teen sterotypes.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    don't you forget about me!

    the movie plot is about 5 kids with nothing in common staying on a Saturady detention but each of them have problems even though the movie is a drama there are some funny parts that i enjoy and could laugh to Molly Ringwald's charcter was so much differnt than her charcter from Pretty In Pink and Sixteen Candles but i loved Molly in the movie she was cool so was Judd Nelson the bad guy a real rebel and Alley Sheedy as the baskint case and Anthony Michael Hall as the smart one and Emilio Estevez as the jock and i was born in 85 so i loved the 80's all the brat pack movies i loved this is a real good movie!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    fantastic in a hundred in one ways

    if you were part of the 80's or wanted to be watch this one!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    the breakfast club is awesome!!!!!

    In John Hughes' seminal 1980s Brat Pack film, the jock, the brain, the delinquent, the princess, and the kook break through the strict social barriers of high school during an afternoon of detention. The disparate group clashes at first, but they begin to bond as they reveal their feelings and find a common enemy in their insecure principle.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Love this movie

    I love this movie. I saw yesterday on cable tv. I've been looking for the DVD in Brasil, but doesn't have to buy or rent. I think i'll buy in US. Unforgettable movie of 80's.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You mess with the bull, you get the horns

    I love, love, LOVE this movie. No matter what age every single human can relate to these people. We all went through the hell that is high school and each of us saw ourselves in these characters. There are soo many one liners in this movie that will be remembers until the end fo time. This is a great movie!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    OMG! i freaking love this movie

    ok i havent seen this movie in a while but i still love it! the movie is funny and very modern for the 80s. i mean that the characters fit our time just as much as it fits the 80s! i love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    Oh my god, best movie ever. In fact pretty much every Brat Pac film rocks. Why don't they make movies like this any more?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This movie is GUINNESS!!

    This movie is so awesome. I enjoyed every second of it! Judd, Emilio, Molly, Anthony, and Ally did such a great job acting in this movie. This is my FAVORITE MOVIE...John Hughes is A GUINNESS too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Teenage Angst

    Teenage Angst was never expressed better and it's still relevant, as it will always be. Ally Sheedy, the basket case, Judd Nelson, the criminal, Emilio Estevez, the jock all mixed it up to the greatest teenage film ever by the wonderful John Hughes. I love the discourse near the end, somber yet cements the human condition.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREAT MOVIE

    This was a really good movie and portrays the way of living of the people of the 80's era!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fav Movie

    As soon as I finished watching it, I immediately made The Breakfast Club one of my favorite films. It had a great plot even thought it was just sitting in a classroom for detention and talking about their problems. I think everyone should see it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Perfect Portrayal of High School Students

    This movie was the best I have seen in a long time. John Hughs captures the troubles that high school students have to deal with. He has a person from all the different groups in high school. There's the popular, stuck up girl, the jock, the rebel, the "nerd", and the gothic, wierd girl. All of them have problems whether it's with family, school, or just trying to fit in. They are all brought together because of a saturday detention. This movie tears down the stereotypical stories of the different people in the world of high school. It is one of my all time favorite movies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great

    after i finished watching this movie i felt emtpy inside. because it was over.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Classic and modern

    Following the same nostalgic flair as the old Degrassi series, this is the only movie I've seen that shows REAL high school life - behind the fun and playfulness is a suprising amount of gritty truthfulness, proving in the end that whether you thought you were below or above others, everyone is on the same line. There's no reason for anyone to NOT watch it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best

    Out of all the brat pack movies i think this one is one of the best. it made me laugh, cry, and aw. it was a great movie i think everyone should definatley see it! and for people that didnt like it... u serioudly have a problem. lol jk. This movie has great acting, great music, and just.. greatness over all.. yea so if you havent seen it.. go rent it or buy it.

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