Photo by The Kobal Collection
In February 15 1985, was released one of the most iconic movies of all time, ‘The Breakfast Club’. The movie talks about five high school students, with different stereotypes, meet in school detention, where they pour their hearts out to each other, and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought. To the outside world they were simply a Brain, an Athlete, a Basket Case, a Princess, and a Criminal, but to each other, they would always be the Breakfast Club.
Stars: Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Ally Sheedy
Director: John Hughes
To celebrate the 30th birthday, here are some of the curiosities about this film.
- John Hughes (director) almost fired Judd Nelson because of his negative attitude towards Molly Ringwald off camera. Paul Gleason convinced Hughes that Nelson was a great actor and was merely trying to stay in character.
- 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. John Hughes told them all to ad-lib.
- The ages of everyone in the principle cast at the time of filming are: Judd Nelson (26),Molly Ringwald (17), Emilio Estevez (23), Anthony Michael Hall (17) and Ally Sheedy (23).
- The movie was shot entirely in sequence.
- John Hughes wrote the screenplay to this movie in just two days (4 and 5 July 1982).
- Molly Ringwald was originally asked to play Allison but wanted to play Claire, she eventually convinced John Hughes and the studio and was given the part.
- Judd Nelson made up many of the terms used in the movie, including ‘Neo-Maxi Zoomdweebie’.
- Ally Sheedy suggested the David Bowie quote at the beginning of the film to John Hughes, who liked it and thus included it in the opening.
- Anthony Michael Hall’s mother Mercedes Hall and younger sister Mary Christian play his character Brian’s mother and sister in the movie.
- Emilio Estevez was originally going to play Bender, but John Hughes couldn’t find someone to play Andrew Clark so Emilio agreed to play Clark.
- At the very closing part of the film where Judd Nelson raises his fist in defiance, that was actually ad libbed. He was supposed to just walked into the sunset, so to speak, and the director asked him to play around with a few actions. When he was done and they were finishing up, Judd Nelson threw his fist up without running it by anyone. Everyone loved it, and it has become an iconic symbol of the 1980’s.
- Alison does not speak until 33 minutes into the film.
- Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, and Ally Sheedy played high school students in this film, the same year that they would portray college graduates in St. Elmo’s Fire (1985).
- 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 both Billy Idol and Bryan Ferryturned down offers to record it first. 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.
- Nicolas Cage was originally considered for the role of John Bender but the production couldn’t afford his salary at the time. John Cusack was originally cast as John Bender, but John Hughes decided to replace him with Judd Nelson before shooting began.
- Rick Moranis was originally cast as the janitor; he left due to creative differences and was replaced by John Kapelos.
- Other proposed titles were “The Lunch Bunch” and “Library Revolution”.
- As an end-of-filming present, John Hughes gave each actor a piece of the library’s banister.