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
14,287 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.

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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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