The Breakfast Club script
Synopsis: 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.

BLANK SCREEN:

Against Black, TITLE CARD:

"...and these children that you spit on,

as they try to change their worlds are

immune to your consultations. They're

quite aware of what they're going through...

- David Bowie"

The Blank Screen and Title Card SHATTER to reveal...

1. EXT. SHERMER HIGH SCHOOL - DAY

During Brian's monologue, we see various views of things

inside the school including Bender's locker.

BRIAN (VO)

Saturday...March 24, 1984. Shermer

High School, Shermer, Illinois.

60062. Dear Mr. Vernon...we accept

the fact that we had to sacrifice a

whole Saturday in detention for

whatever it was that we did wrong,

what we did was wrong. But we think

you're crazy to make us write this

essay telling you who we think we

are, what do you care? You see us

as you want to see us...in the

simplest terms and the most

convenient definitions. You see us

as a brain, an athelete, a basket

case, a princess and a criminal.

Correct? That's the way we saw each

other at seven o'clock this morning.

We were brainwashed...

CUT TO:

2. INT. CLAIRE'S CAR - DAY

We see CLAIRE and her FATHER sitting in their car in the

parking lot.

Claire is the prom queen and is clearly a snob.

CLAIRE:

I can't believe you can't get me

out of this...I mean it's so absurd

I have to be here on a Saturday!

It's not like I'm a defective or

anything...

CLAIRE'S FATHER

I'll make it up to you...Honey,

ditching class to go shopping

doesn't make you a defective. Have

a good day.

Claire rolls her eyes and gets out of the car and walks

up the school front steps

CUT TO:

3. INT. BRIAN'S CAR - DAY

We are in BRIAN's car. His MOTHER is there and so is

his little SISTER. He is sort of a nerd.

BRIAN'S MOTHER

Is this the first time or the last

time we do this?

BRIAN:

(upset)

Last...

BRIAN'S MOTHER

Well get in there and use the time

to your advantage...

BRIAN:

Mom, we're not supposed to study; we

just have to sit there and do

nothing.

BRIAN'S MOTHER

Well mister you figure out a way to

study.

BRIAN'S LITTLE SISTER

(annoyingly)

Yeah!

BRIAN'S MOTHER

Well go!

Brian gets out of the car and walks towards the school.

CUT TO:

4. INT. ANDREW'S CAR - DAY

We see ANDREW and his FATHER. Andrew is clearly a jock;

he’s wearing a letterman’s jacket with lots of patches on it.

ANDREW'S FATHER

Hey, I screwed around...guys screw

around, there's nothing wrong with

that. Except you got caught, Sport.

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John Hughes

John Wilden Hughes, Jr. (February 18, 1950 – August 6, 2009) was an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. He directed and/or scripted some of the most successful comedy films of the 1980s and early 1990s, including the comedy National Lampoon's Vacation (1983), the coming-of-age comedy Sixteen Candles (1984), the teen sci-fi comedy Weird Science (1985), the coming-of-age comedy-drama The Breakfast Club (1985), the coming-of-age comedy Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986), the romantic comedy-drama Pretty in Pink (1986), the romance Some Kind of Wonderful (1987), the comedies Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987) and Uncle Buck (1989), the Christmas family comedy Home Alone (1990) and its sequel, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992). more…

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