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The Breakfast Club (1985)

aka The Breakfast Club

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

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Details: 97 mins · English · R (USA)


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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.

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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!

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Teen-movie from back then, probably it will not be any good if seen today

Hehe - jeg genså den for nyligt, og syntes ENDNU bedre om den en første gang jeg så den. En af mine yndlingsfilm :D

jeg må overveje at se den igen :-)

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Small Andrew "Andy" Clark
Small Brian Ralph Johnson
Small John Bender
Small Claire Standish
Small Richard Vernon
Small Allison Reynolds
Small Carl Reed
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No_movie_poster Brian's Sister
No_movie_poster Andy's Father
No_movie_poster Claire's Father
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No_movie_poster Jackie Burch Casting
No_movie_poster Thomas Del Ruth Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Dede Allen Editor
No_movie_poster Marilyn Vance Costume Design
Small John Hughes Screenplay
No_movie_poster Ned Tanen Producer
No_movie_poster Keith Forsey Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster John W. Corso Set Designer
No_movie_poster Jennifer Polito Set Dressing Artist
Small John Hughes Director
Small John Hughes Production
No_movie_poster Michelle Manning Production


"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.

Release Dates:

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