How well do you remember this iconic movie?
Ready to feel old?
The Breakfast Club turns 30 today.
Yip, feeling old. Wasn’t yesterday when everyone was talking about the most amazing movie ever made in the history of life??
And if you’re sitting there thinking, it sounds familiar but I can’t remember that one, then shame on you. Okay, that’s a bit dramatic, but you should feel bad that you can’t remember such an iconic movie.
Here is the two-second description: five school kids (all ticking off the stereotypes), forced to come together because of detention, hating each other for their differences, and then finding out they have a lot more in common.
Are we all on the same page now? Good.
Because, in honour of it turning 30, we gathered the best of the best facts you didn’t know about The Breakfast Club thanks to IMDB.
1. 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.
2. 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). (Yes, only two were actually high school age.)
3. John Hughes wrote the screenplay to this movie in just two days (4 and 5 July 1982).
4. The coke cans that the teenagers drink from have the Olympic sign due to the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.
5. 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.
6. Alison does not speak until 33 minutes into the film.
7. During the discussion the Club has while sitting on the floor, Claire’s hairstyle changes back and forth from one shot to the next.
8. 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 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.