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.

Andrew and Claire look at each other and snicker.

Brian looks at her in confusion and then turns away.

Enter RICHARD VERNON, a teacher. He holds a stack

of papers in his left hand. He addresses the group with

such disrespect it makes you wonder how he ever got the



Well...well. Here we are! I want

to congradulate you for being on


Claire raises her hand.


Excuse me, sir? I think there's

been a mistake. I know it's

detention, don't think

I belong in here...

Vernon doesn't care. He just continues to talk.


It is now seven-oh-six. You have

exactly eight hours and fifty-four

minutes to think about why you're

here. To ponder the error of your


Bender spits into the air and catches the spit in his

mouth again.

Claire looks like she is going to gag.


...and you may not talk. You will

not move from these seats.

He glances up at Bender and points at him.


...and you...

Vernon pulls the chair out from under Bender's feet.


...will not sleep. Alright people,

we're gonna try something a little

different today. We are going to

write an essay--of no less than a

thousand words--describing to me

who you think you are.

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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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