The Breakfast Club

Release Date: 1985

DVD Release Date: April 29th, 1998

R |1 hr 32 min

Plot Summary

Five high school students from different walks of life endure a Saturday detention under a power-hungry principal (Paul Gleason). The disparate group includes rebel John (Judd Nelson), princess Claire (Molly Ringwald), outcast Allison (Ally Sheedy), brainy Brian (Anthony Michael Hall) and Andrew (Emilio Estevez), the jock. Each has a chance to tell his or her story, making the others see them a little differently -- and when the day ends, they question whether school will ever be the same.

Cast: Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Paul Gleason, Anthony Michael Hall, John Kapelos, Ally Sheedy, Perry Crawford

Director: John Hughes

Genres: Comedy drama , Comedy

Production Co: Universal Pictures

Keywords: Engaging, 1980s, Growing up, Charming, Underdog, Transformation, Melodramatic

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    Brad LaidmanFilm Threat

    This could have been an unmitigated disaster, but Hughes' way with the material ensured it a special place in the heart of just about everyone who happened to be in high school while Ronald Reagan was President. show more

  • 75
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    Eminently watchable and consistently entertaining...It has a candor that is unexpected and refreshing in a sea of too-often generic teen-themed films. show more

  • 75
    Jay ScottThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    For all its contrivance, it's lively and amusing and occasionally disconcerting in its reproduction of what life was like in the mid-to-late teens. show more

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