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Breakfast Club

Breakfast Club

4.7 101
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);


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.

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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Universal Studios
Region Code:
[Wide Screen, Color]
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

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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 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

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Breakfast Club
1. Main Titles [2:04]
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 Artist [1:23]
8. Personal Business [5:25]
9. Lunchtime [6:15]
10. Being Bad Feels Pretty Good [6:39]
11. A Man of Respect [1:44]
12. A Ruckus [:07]
13. Blazing Up [3:50]
14. Highly Sensitive Areas [2:17]
15. Group Therapy [8:32]
16. We Are Not Alone [19:36]
17. Sincerely Yours the Breakfast Club [5:59]
18. End Titles [2:44]


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Breakfast Club 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 101 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. ;)
HAH More than 1 year ago
Great Movie, it's A Classic for a reason. I think everyone should watch this movie at least once.
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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
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.
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
I liked the movie because it was funny and it was a good movie all together. I think it is a realistic portrayal of high school because the characters were like the ones i see in my school's hallways. I see athletes, poy heads, princesses, brains, and even basketcases. It is also possible for teens of different backgrounds and cliques to get along. It can be just like in the movies. Not everyone is the same as everyone else sees them. Not everyone has to be any of the people listed above.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A movie you can watch over and over again... The characters are portrayed exactly like the kids I went to HS with.. I was more of the John Bender Estevez jock.. Played sports but got into trouble with my big mouth.. And I remember the basket case girl no one bothered with.. I beat up on a kid just like Michael Hall and was always hitting on the little princess... The movie is awesome.. Buy it and watch it over and over... Great soundtrack..
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been hearing about this movie for years and I looked forward to seeing it. But when I bought it, I could not believe what I had just seen. It was incredible! The realistic portrayals of high- school life were simply amazing. Great Cast as well. 80's movies rock!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
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
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!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely luv this movie!! There is a character that everyone can relate to what they were like in school. I can't express how much this movie is so darn cool but all i can say is that after i saw i luved it and i watch it all the time!
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.
goodgirl2 More than 1 year ago
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!
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
Yes, I liked the movie, it was interesting and funny. It is a realistic portrayl of high school. I see people like that in our school, and the problems the characters faced are the the same peoblems as people I know. I think the movie shows it is possible for different people of different backgrounds and cliques to get along. If you get a bunch of people together and they talk, they most likely will get along.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yes I did like the movie because the characters express their beliefs. I think the charaters are believeable because all teens have different beliefs and cultures. I think the movie showed it is posibble for people from diferents backgrounds to talk and help each other.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a movie that anyone can relate to. Kids taking on authority and finding common ground is an ongoing event in society. The message of this movie is a good one, it proves that kids of any background can come together and find something in common. They walked into Saturday detention as strangers and somehow along the way they all became friends. Things like that should be shown more often nowadays, maybe it would put an end to some of the bullying.
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.
johnbender More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.