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You don't mess with a classic. You can't even critique a classic. This movie made careers. It was an anthem movie to the youth. I wasn't even born in the 80's and I consider it my own youth anthem movie more than any movie made in the 90's.
What can I say negatively about it? Well, they all cry and have their own monologue. After awhile I was tired of monologues about their problems.
But, it's still a classic and one I will watch many times again.
I still love it. It's got absolutely no plot, but it just fits. It's perfect for me.
I'm not sure what I think of Allyson being all dolled up at the end though... I can't figure out whether Claire's changing her, or whether Claire's allowing her to finally be herself.
I had SUCH a crush on Bender when I was younger!
|Emilio Estevez||Andrew "Andy" Clark|
|Anthony Michael Hall||Brian Ralph Johnson|
|Judd Nelson||John Bender|
|Molly Ringwald||Claire Standish|
|Paul Gleason||Richard Vernon|
|Ally Sheedy||Allison Reynolds|
|John Kapelos||Carl Reed|
|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|
|Thomas Del Ruth||Director of Photography|
|Marilyn Vance||Costume Design|
|Keith Forsey||Original Music Composer|
|John W. Corso||Set Designer|
|Jennifer Polito||Set Dressing Artist|
"They only met once, but it changed their lives forever."
Five students — "criminal" John Bender (Nelson), "athlete" Andrew Clark (Estevez), "brain" Brian Johnson (Hall), "basket case" Allison Reynolds (Sheedy), and "princess" Claire Standish (Ringwald) — report for Saturday morning detention on March 24, 1984 at Shermer High School in the Chicago suburb of Shermer, Illinois. While not complete strangers, each of them comes from a different clique, and they seem to have nothing in common. They gather in the high school library, where they are ordered not to speak or move from their seats or sleep by the assistant principal, Richard Vernon (Gleason). They are to remain there for a period of eight hours, fifty-four minutes (from 7:06 A.M. to 4 P.M.). He assigns a 1,000-word essay (in which each student must write about who he or she thinks they are) and then leaves, returning occasionally to check on them. Bender, who has a particularly negative relationship with Vernon, disregards the rules and riles the other students, mocking Brian and Andrew, and harassing Claire. Allison is initially quiet except for the occasional random outburst.
The students pass the hours by arguing and smoking marijuana that Bender retrieves from his locker. Gradually they open up to each other and reveal their inner secrets — for example, Allison is a compulsive liar, Andrew hates his father, John comes from an abusive household, Brian has contemplated suicide, and Claire is a virgin. They also discover that they all have strained relationships with their parents and are afraid of making the same mistakes as the adults around them. However, despite these developing friendships the students are afraid that once the detention is over, they will return to their very different cliques and never speak to each other again.
Towards the end of the day, the other students ask Brian to write the essay that Vernon assigned earlier. Brian does so, but instead of writing about the assigned topic, he writes a letter to Vernon objecting to his request to describe to him who they are, stating that the man has already judged who they are (an athlete, basket case, princess, brain, and criminal), and that he will not accept any different accounts from them. Brian signs the essay as "The Breakfast Club" and leaves it at the table for Vernon to read when they leave at 4 P.M. Before the students part ways outside the school, Allison and Andrew kiss, and so do Claire and John.
Theatrical : 1985-02-15 : United States of America
Theatrical : 1985-05-02 : Australia
Theatrical : 1985-05-16 : Argentina
Theatrical : 1985-07-05 : Denmark
Theatrical : 1985-07-05 : Sweden
Theatrical : 1985-07-05 : West Germany
Theatrical : 1985-08-05 : Spain
Theatrical : 1985-08-12 : Spain
Theatrical : 1985-08-16 : Finland
Theatrical : 1985-08-20 : Norway
Theatrical : 1985-08-22 : Netherlands
Theatrical : 1985-09-05 : Portugal
Theatrical : 1985-09-11 : France
Theatrical : 1985-09-27 : Italy
Theatrical : 1986-02-13 : Hong Kong
Theatrical : 1986-05-03 : Japan
Theatrical : 1987-02-20 : Uruguay
DVD : 1998-04-29
DVD : 2003-09-02