The Breakfast Club

Universal Released 1985


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The Breakfast Club

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John Hughes

The film revolves around five high school students who are required to attend a Saturday detention and, as assigned by Principal Vernon, write an essay explaining who each student thinks he or she is. Each student is from a different clique in the school and although they are not strangers at the start of the film, they are, for the most part, not friends. Claire Standish is the popular beauty, Andy Clark is the jock, Brian Johnson is the nerd, Allison Reynolds is the outcast, and John Bender is the tough guy bully. Throughout the nearly nine hours these teens have to sit in detention together, they slowly begin to communicate more and share some of their secrets. Although they are all from distinct social groups while school is in session, they begin to learn that they actually aren't that different after all. Although none of the five new friends can determine what they will be like to each other once Monday morning comes, the Saturday they share in detention will shape them for the rest of their lives.



Metacritic Score

  • 75

    Entertainment Weekly Ty Burr

    From the neon-sign opening titles to the derivative angst of the dialogue, it's a touchstone of '80s pop culture, and a schizophrenic one, too.

  • 60

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    The five young stars would have mixed well even without the fraudulent encounter-group candor towardS which The Breakfast Club forces them. Mr. Hughes, having thought up the charac...

  • 30


    Does director John Hughes really believe, as he writes here, that 'when you grow up, your heart dies.' It may. But not unless the brain has already started to rot with films like t...

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Mr. Vernon: Any questions?
      Bender: Yeah. I got a question. Does Barry Manilow know that you raid his wardrobe?
      Mr. Vernon: I'll give you the answer to that question Mr. Bender, next Saturday. Don't mess with the bull, young man, you'll get the horns.

    • Andrew: If I lose my temper, you're totaled, man.
      Bender: Totally?
      Andrew: Totally.

    • Andrew: Look, you guys keep up your talking and Vernon's gonna come right in here. I got a meet next Saturday and I'm not gonna miss it on account of you boneheads.
      Bender: Oh, and wouldn't that be a bite, huh? Missing a whole wrestling meet.
      Andrew: You wouldn't know anything about it, f*****. You never competed in your whole life.
      Bender: Oh, I know, I feel all empty inside because of it. I have such a deep admiration for guys who roll around on the floor with other guys.
      Andrew: Ah, you'd never miss it. You don't have any goals.
      Bender: Oh, but I do. I want to be just like you. I figure all I need is a lobotomy and some tights.
      Brian: You wear tights?
      Andrew: No, I don't wear tights. I wear the required uniform.
      Brian: Tights.
      Andrew: Shut up.

    • Mr. Vernon: You're not fooling anybody, Bender. The next screw that falls out is gonna be you.
      Bender: Eat my shorts.
      Mr. Vernon: What was that?
      Bender: Eat my shorts.
      Mr. Vernon: You just bought yourself another Saturday, mister.
      Bender: Oh, I'm crushed.
      Mr. Vernon: You just bought one more, right there.
      Bender: Well, I'm free the Saturday after that. Beyond that, I'm gonna have to check my calender.
      Mr. Vernon: Good! Because it's gonna be filled. We'll keep going. You want another one? Say the word. Just say the word. Instead of going to prison, you'll come here. Are you through?
      Bender: No.
      Mr. Vernon: I'm doing society a favor.
      Bender: So?
      Mr. Vernon: That's another one, right now. I've got you for the rest of your natural born life if you don't watch your step. You want another one.
      Bender: Yes.
      Mr.Vernon: You got it! You got another one right there. That's another one, pal.
      Claire: Cut it out. [whispers] Stop.
      Mr. Vernon: You through?
      Bender: Not even close, bud.
      Mr. Vernon: Good. You got one more right there.
      Bender: You really think I give a s***?
      Mr. Vernon: Another. You through?
      Bender: How many is that?
      Brian: That's seven, including the one when we first came in when you asked Mr. Vernon here whether Barry Manilow knew that he raided his closet.
      Bender: Now it's eight. You stay out of it.
      Brian: Excuse me, sir. It's seven.
      Mr. Vernon: Shut up, peewee.

    • Mr. Vernon: The next time I have to come in here, I'm cracking skulls.

    • Brian: I don't-- I don't like my parents either. I mean, I don't, you know, I don't, I don't get along with them. Their idea of, you know, parental compassion, is just, you know, wacko, you know.
      Bender: Dork.
      Brian: Yeah?
      Bender: You are a parent's wet dream, okay.
      Brian: Well, that's the problem.
      Bender: Look, I can see you getting all bunged up for them making you wear these kind of clothes. But, face it, you're a neo-maxi-zoom-dweebie.

    • Claire: What's your name?
      Bender: What's yours?
      Claire: Claire.
      Bender: Claire?
      Claire: Claire, it's a family name.
      Bender: It's a fat girl's name.
      Claire: Oh, thank you.
      Bender: You're welcome
      Claire: I'm not fat.
      Bender: Well not at present, but I can see you really pushing maximum density.

    • Andrew: Leave her alone. I said leave her alone.
      Bender: You gonna make me?
      Andrew: Yeah.
      Bender: You and how many of your friends?
      Andrew: Just me. Just you and me. Two hits. Me hitting you. You hitting the floor. Anytime you're ready, pal.

    • Bender: Uh, Carl?
      Carl: What?
      Bender: Can I ask you a question?
      Carl: Sure.
      Bender: How does one become a janitor.
      Carl: You want to be a janitor?
      Bender: No, I just want to know how one becomes a janitor, because Andrew here is very interested in pursuing a career in the custodial arts.
      Carl: Oh, really. You guys think I'm some untouchable peasant, serf, peon, you know? Maybe so. But following a broom around after s***heads like you for the last eight years, I've learned a couple of things. I look through your letters, I look through your lockers. I listen to your conversations. You don't know that, but I do. I am the eyes and ears of this institution, my friends.

    • Bender: Claire. Do you want to see a picture of a guy with elephantiasis of the nuts? It's pretty tasty.
      Claire: No thank you.
      Bender: How do you think he rides a bike?

    • Claire: Why didn't you want me to know you were a virgin?
      Brian: Because it's personal business. It's my personal, private business.
      Bender: Well, Brian, it doesn't sound like you're doing any business.

    • Bender: Here's my impression of life at big Bri's house. (IN DEEP VOICE) "Son?"
      (IN NORMAL VOICE) "Yeah, Dad."
      "How's your day, Pal?"
      "Great, Dad." "How's yours?"
      "Say, son, how'd you like to go fishing this weekend?"
      "Great, Dad. But I've got homework to do."
      "That's all right, son. You can do it on the boat."

    • Andrew: All right. What about your family?
      Bender: Who, mine?
      Andrew: Yeah.
      Bender: It's real easy. (as father) "Stupid, worthless, no-good, goddamn freeloading son of a bitch. Retarded, big mouth, know-it-all, asshole, jerk." (as mother) "You forgot ugly, lazy and disrespectful." "Shut up, bitch! Go fix me a turkey pot pie." "What about you, Dad?" "F*** you." "No, Dad. What about you." "F*** you!" "No, Dad. What about you!" "F*** you!!" [BAM!]

    • Mr. Vernon: Mr. Wise guy here's taken upon himself to go to the gymnasium. I'm sorry to inform you, you're going to be without his services for the rest of the day.
      Bender: B-O-O-H-O-O
      Mr. Vernon: Everything's a big joke, huh, Bender? The false alarm you pulled Friday... False alarms are really funny, aren't they? What if your home... What if your family... What if your dope was on fire?
      Bender: Impossible, sir. It's in Johnson's underwear.

    • Mr. Vernon: You're a real tough guy. Hey, hey, come on. Get on your feet, pal! Let's find out how tough you are. I wanna know, right now, how tough you are. Come on. I'll give you the first punch. Let's go. Come on. Right here. just take the first shot. Please. I'm begging you. Take a shot, right here. Come on. Just take one shot. That's all I need. Just one swing... That's what I thought. You're a gutless turd.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Production Budget - $1,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $45,875,171 (16th)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $105,448,280

    • Other production companies:
      A & M Films
      Channel Productions

    • Filming locations include:
      Chicago, Illinois
      Des Plaines, Illinois
      Northbrook, Illinois

    • Taglines:
      1. Five strangers with nothing in common, except each other.
      2. They only met once, but it changed their lives forever.
      3. They were 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 was over, they broke the rules. Bared their souls. And touched each other in a way they never dreamed possible.

    • Music:
      Don't You
      By Simple Minds
      Words and Music by Keith Forsey and Steve Schiff
      By Elizabeth Daily
      Words and Music by Keith Forsey and Steve Schiff
      Didn't I Tell You
      By Laurie Forsey
      Words and Music by Keith Forsey and Steve Schiff
      Fire In The Twilight
      By Wang Chung
      Words by Jack Hues
      Music by Keith Forsey and Steve Schiff
      We Are Not Alone
      By Karla DeVito
      Words and Music by Karla DeVito, Robby Benson, and Steve Goldstein
      Heart Too Hot To Hold
      By Jesse Johnson and Stephanie Spruill
      Words by Keith Forsey, Laurie Forsey, Jesse Johnson, and Michael Frondelli
      Music by Keith Forsey and Laurie Forsey
      Colonel Bogey March
      Written by Kenneth Alford, pseudonym of F. J. Ricketts
      Whistled by the Breakfast Club


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Comedy, Drama


for the nostalgic, social commentary, pressures of high school, crazy teachers, quirky love story