The Breakfast Club - The Most Important Meal of the Decade?
1985 brought us The Breakfast Club. Whether you are old enough to remember, everyone has heard of it...but have you seen it? Are you the B Club expert out of your group?
Long story short... Five high school students meet in Saturday detention and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought.
We found you some trivia, so you can at least sound like you know something:
The scene in which all characters sit in a circle on the floor in the library and tell stories about why they were in detention was not scripted. Writer and Director John Hughes told them all to ad-lib.
The film was shot in sequence.
Judd Nelson stayed in character off-camera, even bullying Molly Ringwaold. John Hughes nearly fired him over this, but, ironically, Paul Gleason defended Nelson, saying that he was a good actor, and he was trying to get into character.
It was originally suggested that there would be several sequels to this movie, occurring every ten years, in which "The Breakfast Club" would get back together. This did not come to pass, due to the volatile relationship between Hughes and Nelson. Hughes stated that he would never work with Nelson again. Also, it was unclear whether or not Hughes still held ill will against his oft-cast starlet, Molly Ringwald. They had a falling out in the late eighties, after Ringwald decided to move on from the teen film genre to pursue more adult roles, thus severing her relationship with Hughes. Did you always dream of a sequel?
The screenplay to this movie was written in just two days (July 4 and 5, 1982).
Judd Nelson improvised the part at the closing of the film where Bender raises his fist in defiance. He was supposed to just walk into the sunset, so to speak, and John Hughes asked him to play around with a few actions. When he was done and they were finishing up, Nelson threw his fist up without running it by anyone. Everyone loved it, and it has also become an iconic symbol of the 1980s. Yeah...that worked out pretty well.
Actors told Vanity Fair magazine that Hughes was receptive to actors' and actresses' improvisations, and some of them (including Brian's reason for having a fake ID, "so I can vote") made it into the final film.
Originally, only Claire was supposed to dance, but Molly Ringwald felt uncomfortable, so Hughes had the entire cast dance. Sounds like Ringwald was being a Diva!
Bender's flinch when Vernon fakes a punch was genuine. He really thought he was going to hit em!
The dandruff that Allison shakes onto her penciled drawing for snow, was achieved by sprinkling Parmesan cheese. Um, gross.
Judd Nelson made up many of the terms used in the movie, including "Neo-Maxi Zoon dweebie."
John Hughes later said that his biggest regret about this film was using the breaking glass effect during the marijuana scene.
Molly Ringwald was originally asked to play Allison, even though she wanted to play Claire. She eventually convinced Hughes and the studio, and was given the part.
The David Bowie quote at the beginning of the movie is pulled from his song "Changes". It can be found on his 1971 album, "Hunky Dory".
Nelson went undercover at a local high school outside Chicago near where the film was shooting, and convinced the teenagers that he was a legitimate student. After buying beer for them with his "fake ID" (he was twenty-four at the time), Nelson told them to drop him off at the hotel where the actors were staying. Years later, reflecting on his antics, Nelson said, "They would ask me why I was staying there, and I told them my dad was in jail. I'm staying at the Westin O'Hare while my dad's incarcerated."
Emilio Estevez was originally going to play Bender. However, Hughes could not find someone to play Andrew, so Estevez agreed to play him.
Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall dated for a while after filming this movie.
Anthony Michael Hall hit a growth spurt during production. According to Judd Nelson, Hall was shorter than him at the start of production, but at the end of it, he was taller than him.
Anthony Michael Hall's mother, Mercedes Hall, and his younger sister, Mary Christian, played his character's mother and sister in the movie.
The joke that Bender tells (while crawling through the ceiling), but never finishes, actually has no punchline
The theme song, "Don't You (Forget About Me)", was written for the film by Keith Forsey. It was a number one hit for Simple Minds, and Billy Idol and Bryan Ferry turned down offers to record it first (although in 2001, Billy Idol recorded Don't You (Forget About Me) as a bonus track for his Greatest Hits album). The song was also turned down by Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders, who then suggested they offer it to the band, fronted by her husband at the time, Simple Minds. Whoops!
Ranked at #1 for Entertaiment Weekly's 50 Best High School Movies (2006). ...eh, I'd say #3
Alison does not speak until thirty-three minutes into the film.
Ally Sheedy nicknamed Anthony Michael Hall "Milk and Cookies", because she thought he was sweet. Hall never liked the nickname.
Hughes originally wanted "The Breakfast Club" to be a two and a half hour movie.
John Hughes said that before filming began, the cast rehearsed the entire movie a few times as if it were a play. After the film became a hit, Hughes was asked to write the script as a play, so high schoolers could perform it.
The library, in which this movie takes place, was constructed in the gymnasium of Maine North High School specifically for the film. The school closed down in 1982, two years before filming began. The building had been used for park district purposes and the Chicago Blitz, before the Illinois State Police bought it, turning it into a Police Station, which it still is to this day.
The Coke cans, from which the characters drink, have the symbol from the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, California on them.
As an end-of-filming present, John Hughes gave each actor and actress a piece of the "library's" banister.
In reality, Ringwald could not do the lipstick trick. They had to use different camera angles to make it appear that she could.
Vernon is based on a wrestling coach from Hughes' high school, who flunked him in gym. Hughes ran into him later, and the coach said the movie was good, but the teacher was a real jerk. HA!
The marijuana the actors smoke in the film was actually oregano.
Nicolas Cage was originally considered for the role of John Bender, but the production could not afford his salary at the time.
The BMW driven by Claire's father, in actuality, belonged to John Hughes
The cast and crew often played basketball in the gym between set-ups.
The album Allison is looking at during lunch is "1999" by Prince
John Hughes wanted the detention area to take place in a library, but the school's library was too small. So, they built the library set in the school's gym.
Other proposed titles were "The Lunch Bunch" and "Library Revolution".
Most teenage movies, that John Hughes has written, take place in fictitious Shermer, Illinois, and involve Shermer High School.
Jim Carrey auditioned for the role of John Bender.
The Chicago Public Library donated over ten thousand books, to be used in the movie.
Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die"
The title of the film is actually the last spoken line.
The film takes place on March 24, 1984.
In early drafts of the script, Claire was called Cathy.
Originally, this film was to have three girls and three boys.
John Bender is the only member of The Breakfast Club to never be shown crying.
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