Movie House Memories

The Breakfast Club (1985)

Episode #119

Universal Pictures released The Breakfast Club to theaters on February 15, 1985. John Hughes directed the film which starred Emilio Estevez, Paul Gleason, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, and Ally Sheedy.

‘The Breakfast Club’ Movie Summary

On Saturday March 24, 1984, five high school students in a Chicago suburb arrive for an all-day detention. They are five total strangers, with nothing in common; meeting for the first time—a brain, a beauty, a jock, a rebel, and a recluse. Before the day is over, they will break the rules, bare their souls, and touch each other in a way they never dreamed possible.

Brian Johnson is the geek. Andrew Clark is the jock. Allison Reynolds is the 80s alternative girl. Claire Standish is super popular, and John Bender is the juvenile delinquent.

They head to the school’s library where Assistant Principal Richard Vernon tells them they are not allowed to talk, leave their seats, or sleep until they leave at 4:00pm. He assigns them a 1000 word essay telling him who exactly they think they are. He then leaves them, and only comes back in for lunch, or when he hears a ruckus…and he will hear a ruckus with these kids.

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Universal Pictures released The Breakfast Club to theaters on February 15, 1985. John Hughes directed the film which starred Emilio Estevez, Paul Gleason, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, and Ally Sheedy.

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  1. Last Picture Show is in my top 10, I’m so glad it is being reviewed. I was lucky enough to attend a screening of it a few years ago with Bogdanovich speaking afterwards. As for the breakfast club, I loved it and 16 candles when I saw them on VHS in the 80s(though I was probably a tad too young for it) but I find it pretty strange that they are still so highly regarded today(got the criterion treatment!). They’re nice little movies then and now, not worthy of being on any greatest films list, and not groundbreaking in any way either imo. I thought it was sort of a joke that they had a tribute to john Hughes at the oscars after he passed. It’s not like the guy was Scorsese or something. The fact that breakfast club is considered one of the best films of the 80s shows how weak the 80s were for film, especially American film. Btw you have the wrong release date in the summary.

      1. I haven’t. He seems to have written a few novels that became great films. Btw I think Shane and Bobby deserve a timeout for not putting godfather on their top 100. That’s the craziest thing I’ve ever heard on mhm:) if Lori did that, Patrick would make fun of her on every podcast for years:)

          1. In a critical Top-100, I’d give The Godfather it’s due. It’s a wonderful film. But I was told it’s my personal top list so gangster films just don’t make the cut. 🙂 But if I had to choose between Gigi or The Godfather I or II (or even III for that matter), mobsters would be in my top-100 before Lori’s pick. 😉

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