John Hughes wrote and directed this quintessential 1980s high school drama featuring the hottest young stars of the decade. Trapped in a day-long Saturday detention in a prison-like school library are Claire, the princess (Molly Ringwald); Andrew, the jock (Emilio Estevez); John, the criminal (Judd Nelson); Brian, the brain (Anthony Michael Hall); and Allison, the basket case (Ally Sheedy). These five strangers begin the day with nothing in common, each bound to his/her place in the high school caste system. Yet the students bond together when faced with the villainous principal (Paul Gleason), and they realize that they have more in common than they may think, including a contempt for adult society. "When you grow up, your heart dies," Allison proclaims in one of the film's many scenes of soul-searching, and, judging from the adults depicted in the film, the teen audience may very well agree. Released in a decade overflowing with derivative teen films, The Breakfast Club has developed an almost cult-like status. ~ Dylan Wilcox, Rovi
|Series||Criterion collection ; 905.|
High school students
Teenagers -- Social networks -- Drama.
Teenagers -- Drug use -- Drama.
School discipline -- Drama.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
|Publisher|| [Irvington, New York?] :The Criterion Collection,2018
Hughes, John, 1950-2009, film producer, screenwriter, film director.
Estevez, Emilio, 1962- actor.
Gleason, Paul, 1939-2006, actor.
Hall, Anthony Michael, actor.
Nelson, Judd, actor.
Ringwald, Molly, actor.
Sheedy, Ally, actor.
Forsey, Keith, composer.
A & M Films, production company.
Channel Productions, production company.
Criterion Collection (Firm), publisher.
Emilio Estevez, Paul Gleason, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy.
Music, Keith Forsey ; editor, Dede Allen.
With optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired (SDH).
Title from container.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1985.
Special features include: alternate 5.1 soundtrack; 2008 audio commentary featuring Anthony Michael Hall and Judd Nelson; new interviews with Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy; new video essay featuring John Hughes' production notes, read by Nelson; 2008 documentary featuring cast and crew; deleted and extended scenes; promotional and archival interviews; excerpts from 1985 American Film Institute seminar with Hughes; segment from a 1985 episode of NBCs Today featuring the film's cast; 1999 radio interview with Hughes; audio interview with Ringwald from a 2014 episode of This American life; trailer.
DVD; NTSC; region 1; widescreen (1.85:1) presentation; Dolby Digital mono and alternate 5.1 soundtrack.
2 videodiscs (97 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.