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); ...
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. Dylan Wilcox, Rovi
Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Ally Sheedy, Paul Gleason. Very good in very good packaging. Language: English. Run time: 97 mins. Originally released: 1985. 1996 release. 92 minutes. Cover not quite perfect, but pretty close. Tape in great shape. When five high school students from different social groups are forced to spend a Saturday together in detention, they find themselves interacting with and understanding each other for the first time. A jock (Emilio Estevez), a criminal (Judd Nelson), a princess (Molly Ringwald), a basket case (Ally Sheedy), and a brain (Anthony Michael Hall) talk about everything from parental tension to sex to peer pressure to hurtful stereotypes while serving time. Ultimately, the five find that they may have more in common than they ever imagined and learn more about themselves as well as each other. The only question is, Will they remember what they ve learned after they leave detention? Director and writer John Hughes, along with the stellar Brat Pack cast, makes this a memorable, moving film filled with believable dialogue, intelligent humor, and a sufficient dose of high school hijinx. Its timeless appeal makes this film a teen classic along with Hughes s other teen films from the 1980's: SIXTEEN CANDLES and FERRIS BUELLER S DAY OFF. A great soundtrack features the hit "Don t You (Forget About Me)" by Simple Minds.
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I haven't been too familiar with all of John Hughes' films. So, I watched THE BREAKFAST CLUB. How much fun! Hughes manages to tell a story, while making you want to be where everyone else is. He gives the movie charm, appeal and very good drama. He also gets nice performances out of the very young actors at the time!
Sep 9, 2009
Story is still true in the 2000s
From the music to the set to the characters, John Hughes really got what it was like to be a teenager in the 80's. Hughes truley reflected each sterotype of high school that every student, regardless of region, could identify with and understand. None of his other films ever addressed the fears, failures and successes of the American high school teenager like The Breakfast Club; plus Hughes had you wondering what was going to happen on Monday.
Aug 24, 2009
Wish I went to school in the 80's
That;s what this movie makes me think and feel. Like i want to live in the 80's. Even though I just graduated [Class of 09'] I LOVE this movie. It's my fav. teen movie of all time.
Sep 18, 2008
Great Teen Movie
This was one of my favorite movies in high school. I went to high school back in the '80s, but my son, who just graduated, says that it is still true today.
An absolutely wonderful movie with lots of actors/actresses that went on to become famous. See them here when they were just starting out. You will quickly understand why they went on to do more.
Who were you in school? The jock, the princess, the stoner, the brain, the weird chick in the back of the room?