Beyond being in the same class at Shermer High School in Shermer, Illinois, Claire Standish, Andrew Clark, John Bender, Brian Johnson and Allison Reynolds have little in common, and with the exception of Claire and Andrew, do not associate with each other in school. In the simplest and in their own terms, Claire is a princess, Andrew an athlete, John a criminal, Brian a brain, and Allison a basket case. But one other thing they do have in common is a nine hour detention in the school library together on Saturday, March 24, 1984, under the direction of Mr. Vernon, supervising from his office across the hall. Each is required to write a minimum one thousand word essay during that time about who they think they are. At the beginning of those nine hours, each, if they were indeed planning on writing that essay, would probably write something close to what the world sees of them, and what they have been brainwashed into believing of themselves. But based on their adventures during that ...Written by
Talk about Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon! Nearly every cast member has been in atleast one other movie together. Anthony Michael Hall was in Weird Science with John Kapelos. Molly Ringwald was in Betsy's Wedding with Ally Sheedy. Judd Nelson and Ally Sheedy were in Blue City together. And Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall and John Kapelos were in Sixteen Candles together. And also Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy and Emilio Estevez were all in St. Elmo's Fire together. In addition to this Molly Ringwald was in Not Another Teen Movie with Paul Gleason; spoofing the roles they play in this movie! Emilio Estevez and Paul Gleason appeared in National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1. And Anthony Michael Hall worked with his on-screen Dad John Hughes in Vacation before this, and then afterwards in the aforementioned Weird Science; and Ally Sheedy worked with Hughes again after this in Only The Lonely. Four of the five students in The Breakfast Club, everyone except Emilio Estevez, would also appear on the TV show Psych. And John Kapelos and and Paul Gleason would both make cameo appearances on Seinfeld. If this wasn't enough Ally Sheedy and Paul Gleason both had recurring roles on Hill Street Blues as well. Also Emilio Estevez (Andrew Clark)'s father, Martin Sheen, appeared in the film The Dead Zone; and Anthony Michael Hall (Brian Johnson) later played the lead role on the television series, while Ally Sheedy (Allison Reynolds) and John Kapelos (Carl) made guest appearances. Anthony Michael Hall (Brian) and Ron Dean (Andrew's father) also appeared in The Dark Knight (2008) together. In addition to all this Anthony Michael Hall, Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson and Ally Sheedy also all appeared in the 2010 Academy Awards Tribute to John Hughes . See more »
After Claire wipes the lipstick from her lips, it reappears and disappears during the rest of the scene. See more »
Well, well. Here we are. I want to congratulate you for being on time.
Excuse me, sir. I think there's been a mistake. I know it's detention but I don't think I belong in here.
[Vernon ignores her, carrying on with his speech]
It is now 7:06. You have exactly 8 hours and 54 minutes to think about WHY you are here - to ponder the error of your ways. You will not talk... You will now move from these seats.
[Addressing Bender, who has his feet on a chair]
And YOU... will not sleep.
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The end credits are played over a darker freezing frame of John Bender (Judd Nelson) at the field with his fist pump See more »
Syndicated TV prints cut up to 20 minutes out of the movie, bringing the running time to 72 minutes without commercials. See more »
This movie is one of the best, if not THE best, 80's film there is. The fact is, every teen character in this movie can be related to someone we knew in high-school. As a child of the 80's, I can honestly say that this is a representative cross-section of every high school in North America. The geek, the jock, the outcast, the rich pretty-girl snob, and the future criminal. They all exist, to some degree or another, in the classrooms of every high school on the continent.
What makes this film rise above the rest is the character development. Every character in this film is three-dimensional. They all change, in one way or another, by the end of the film. Whether or not things remain the way they are long after this film ends is unknown, and that adds to the rama. The most important scene in this film is when the characters, as a group, all open up to one-another and describe the hell that their daily school routines are in a personal fashion. Nobody likes the role they must inevitably portray in the high-school scene, but the fact is, it is often inescapable. This film gives the viewer some insight into how the other people around them might have felt during that particular time in their lives.
Each of the main characters in this film shines, but Judd Nelson (John Bender) and Emilio Estevez (Andrew Clark) rise above the rest. Simply put, these two actors each put their heart and soul into their respective characters, and it shows.
At the end of the film, the viewer is left to make their own conclusions as to how things will carry forth. And I'm sure that most people will do that. This is one movie that left me feeling both happy and sad for each of the characters, and it isn't easy to make me care about a film in that way. Even if you aren't a fan of the 80's genre, this isn't one you would want to miss.
My Rating: 10/10
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