The Breakfast Club

Synopsis: Beyond being in the same class at Shermer High School in Shermer, Illinois, Claire Standish, Andrew Clark, John Bender, Brian Johnson and Allison Reynolds have little in common, and with the exception of Claire and Andrew, do not associate with each other in school. In the simplest and in their own terms, Claire is a princess, Andrew an athlete, John a criminal, Brian a brain, and Allison a basket case. But one other thing they do have in common is a nine hour detention in the school library together on Saturday, March 24, 1984, under the direction of Mr. Vernon, supervising from his office across the hall. Each is required to write a minimum one thousand word essay during that time about who they think they are. At the beginning of those nine hours, each, if they were indeed planning on writing that essay, would probably write something close to what the world sees of them, and what they have been brainwashed into believing of themselves. But based on their adventures during that nine
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): John Hughes
Production: Universal Pictures
  2 wins.
 
IMDB:
7.9
Metacritic:
62
Rotten Tomatoes:
88%
R
Year:
1985
97 min
20,963 Views


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.

ANDREW:

Yeah, Mom already reemed me, alright?

ANDREW'S FATHER

(angry)

You wanna miss a match? You wanna

blow your ride? Now no school's

gonna give a scholarship to a

discipline case.

Andrew gets out of the car and walks into the school.

CUT TO:

5. EXT. SHERMER PARKING LOT - DAY

We see JOHN BENDER walking towards us. He is wearing

sunglasses. A car is coming towards him but he doesn't

stop walking.

The car slams on its breaks directly in front of him.

Bender gets out of the frame. Out of the car steps

ALLISON. She is dressed all in black. She steps

forward to look in the car's front window and the car

drives away.

CUT TO:

6. INT. LIBRARY - DAY

There are six tables in two rows of three.

Claire is sitting at the front table. Brian comes in

and sits at the table behind her.

Andrew comes in and points at the chair next to Claire

at the front table. She shrugs and he sits there.

In walks Bender, he touches everything on the checkout

desk and takes a few things in the process.

He walks over to where Brian is sitting and points to

the table on the opposite side of the Library. Brian

reluctantly gets up and moves.

Bender sits at the table where Brian was and puts his

feet up.

Allison walks in. She walks all the way around the

library and sits in the back corner table, just behind

Brian.

Andrew and Claire look at each other and snicker.

Brian looks at her in confusion and then turns away.

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John Hughes

An American filmmaker. Beginning as an author of humorous essays and stories for National Lampoon, he went on to write, produce and sometimes direct some of the most successful live-action comedy films of the 1980s and 1990s. Most of Hughes's work is set in the Chicago metropolitan area. He is best known for his coming-of-age teen comedy films which often combined magic realism with honest depictions of suburban teenage life. more…

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