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The Breakfast Club Details


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

  • Release date:March 5, 1985


Emilio Estevez
as Andrew Clark
Judd Nelson
as John Bender
Molly Ringwald
as Claire Standish
Anthony Michael Hall
as Brian Johnson
Ally Sheedy
as Allison Reynolds
Paul Gleason
as Richard Vernon
John Kapelos
as Carl
Jackie Burch
Mary Christian
as Brian's Sister
Perry Crawford
as Allison's Father
Ron Dean
as Andy's Father
Mercedes Hall
as Brian's Mother
Tim Gamble
as Claire's Father
Fran Gargano
as Allison's Mother


John Hughes
John Hughes
Dale Pollock
Ned Tanen
John Hughes
Thomas del Ruth
Keith Forsey
Composer (Music Score)
Gary Chang
Composer (Music Score)
Dede Allen
Michelle Manning
Andrew Meyer
Executive Producer
Gil Friesen
Executive Producer
Jennifer Polito
Set Designer
Chris Zamiara
Costume Designer
Marilyn Vance
Costume Designer
Bill Schirmer
Special Effects
Dorain Grusman
Jackie Burch