Breakfast Club

Breakfast Club

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Director: John Hughes

Cast: Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald


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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);…  See more details below


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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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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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 Actor
Tim Gamble Claire's Father
Maureen McGovern Actor
Perry Crawford Allison's Father
Mary Christian Brian's Sister
Ron Dean Andy's Father
Fran Gargano Allison's Mother
Mercedes Hall Brian's Mother

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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Breakfast Club 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 100 reviews.
Night-Girl More than 1 year ago
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. ;)
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aubreeulmen More than 1 year ago
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”.
SaTa More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
I Love this movie it really touches my heart.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The breakfast club is the best movie i've ever seen. Filled with humor, it also depicts the everday average highschool. It's grea
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is a great 80's movie. I loved it. It really shows all the aspects of high school and all the ''clicks'' (jocks, nerds, popular kids, loners, and rebels). This is a must to anyone's collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie has been my favorite since I was like six. I have to say you'll just watch it over and over again!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Breakfast Club is a movie all high school students can relate to. It shows cliques to their fullest. It is a LOL must own this film.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie by far is one of the best movies I have ever seen! I have seen it about a million times and I could watch it a million more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie should be seen by every high school student. All students can learn a lesson that even though we may look different we are all the same.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was funny! I really liked it, and I would recommend todays high school kids to go out and rent this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When having a princess, criminal, althele, nerd,and a basket case all in one movie makes you see that we all look different but yet are so much a like.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think the movie was good. Because it shows you how mean people can be in high school. It also shows you that people can have as much problems as you. In high school people can realize how mean they were and that it hurts your feelings. I also like how they got along in the end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After watching the Breakfast Club, it made my top ten movie list. Every high school student can relate to at least one of the characters in the movie. The movie really shows how school has developed from the 1980s to today.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Breakfast Club was a great movie and can give many viewers a look at high school life in the 1980's. Even in high school life today, it shows a character from five different groups of people. A movie like this will explain why there are so many fights in school and give people who haven't gone to school in a while a chance to see that. It shows that as much as people are different they are all the same in a way, too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is the best movie in the 80s that I ever seen before. I love this movie so much because this movie is about the teenagers' life in high school.
Guest More than 1 year ago
WOW!!! One of the greatest movies of all time, a classic tale of an assorted group bearing their souls to each other. As a teen in high school, I highly recommend this movie. Plus, Emilio Estevez is really hot. :)
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is a classic. I saw it for the first time almost 20 years ago, and fell in love with it. It's timeless. I can practically quote the dialog. I watch it every chance I get.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this is a great movie. This movie has a lot of laughs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the recommended movie of brat packs besides St. Elmo's Fire.You would enjoy each character especially Ally Sheedy and Judd Nelson..
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this was really well made. The director seemed to really know what s/he was doing. This is a great movie and you should see it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Breakfast Club is one of those movies that, on the outside, looks like a regular 80's teen comedy (being ranked along with Sixteen Candles, Weird Science, Pretty In Pink, etc.) But it also has a surreal mix of comedy and drama that you're not quite sure what kind of movie it is.