five high school students, all different stereotypes, meet in detention, where they pour their hearts out to each other, and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought.
dir.: john hughes
- the film’s title comes from the nickname invented by students and staff for detention at new trier high school, the school attended by the son of one of john huhges’ friends. thus, those who were sent to detention were designated members of “the breakfast club”, that probably took its name in turn from the title of american radio’s longest running network entertainment show, broadcast from chicago, 1933 to 1968.
- 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.
bender: pulls a false fire alarm
brian: flare gun goes off in his locker
andy: tapes a guy’s butt cheeks together in the locker room
claire: ditches class to go shopping
allison: didn’t do anything, she didn’t have anything better to do on a saturday
- dir. trademark, principal richard vernon is named after the actor who played the gentleman in the train compartment scene in the beatles’ a hard day’s night (1964). when the principal asks the janitor what he wanted to be when he grew up, the janitor replies that he wanted to be john lennon.
- judd nelson made up many of the terms used in the movie, including ‘neo-maxi zoomdweebie’.
- the david bowie quote at the beginning of the movie is pulled from his song ‘changes’. it can be found on the 1971 album, ‘hunky dory’.
- shot entirely in sequence.
- the song which judd nelson hums the guitar riff to at the beginning of the movie is the opening tune to “sunshine of your love” by cream.