Director: John Hughes
Stars: Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald
Plot: Five high school students, all different stereotypes, meet in detention, where they pour their hearts out to each other, and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought.
The scene in which all characters sit in a circle on the floor in the library and tell stories about why they were in detention was not scripted. John Hughes told them all to ad-lib.
Judd Nelson stayed in character off-camera, bullying Molly Ringwald and making her cry several times. John Hughes nearly fired him over this, but, ironically, Paul Gleason defended Nelson, saying that he was a good actor and he was trying to get into character.
It was originally suggested that there would be several sequels to The Breakfast Club (1985), occurring every ten years, in which "The Breakfast Club" would get back together. This did not come to pass due to the volatile relationship between John Hughes and Judd Nelson. John Hughes stated that he would never work with Nelson again. Also Hughes and Molly Ringwald had a falling out in the late eighties after Ringwald decided to move on from the teen film genre to pursue more adult roles.
Shot entirely in sequence.
At the very closing part of the film where Bender raises his fist in defiance, that was actually ad libbed. He was supposed to just walk into the sunset, so to speak, and John Hughes asked him to play around with a few actions. When he was done and they were finishing up, Judd Nelson threw his fist up without running it by anyone. Everyone loved it, and it has become an iconic symbol of the 1980's.
The dandruff that Allison shakes onto her penciled drawing for snow was achieved by sprinkling Parmesan cheese.
John Hughes later said that his biggest regret about this film was using the breaking glass effect during the marijuana scene.
Anthony Michael Hall's mother Mercedes Hall and younger sister Mary Christian play his character Brian's mother and sister in the movie.
Molly Ringwald was originally asked to play Allison but wanted to play Claire. She eventually convinced John Hughes and the studio and was given the part.
Bender's flinch when Vernon fakes a punch was genuine. Judd Nelson really thought Paul Gleason was going to hit him.
John Cusack auditioned several times for John Bender, even travelling between Chicago and Los Angeles before being cast. But director John Hughes went in a different direction and dropped Cusack in favor of Judd Nelson.
Anthony Michael Hall hit a growth spurt during production. According to Judd Nelson, Hall was shorter than him at the start of production, but taller than him at the end.
The joke that Bender tells but never finishes (while crawling through the ceiling) actually has no punchline. According to Judd Nelson, he ad-libbed the line. Originally, he was supposed to tell a joke that would end when he came back into the library and said, "Forgot my pencil", but no one could come up with a joke for that punchline.
Originally, only Claire was supposed to dance, but Molly Ringwald felt uncomfortable so John Hughes had the entire cast dance.
Rick Moranis was originally cast as the janitor; he grew a thick beard and decided to play the character with a Russian accent. Writer-director John Hughes planned to let Moranis reinterpret the character, but producer Ned Tanen so vehemently opposed Moranis's comical creative liberties that he had actor replaced by John Kapelos.
John Hughes got the title from a friend's son, who called morning detention at his school "The Breakfast Club." The original title of the movie was Detention.
Judd Nelson went to a laundromat in character. The looks he was giving to women made someone call the cops.
The cast all agreed later that Ally Sheedy was the best dancer.
Director John Hughes plays Brian's father, who picks him up at the end of the film.
Bender continuously provokes Vernon into giving him extra Saturday detentions early on in the film. It is later implied during lunch by the burn mark on his forearm that he may have done that intentionally because he'd rather be alone with Vernon at school on a Saturday instead of being stuck at home with his constantly bickering parents, especially his violent and abusive father. It's also implied during the scene where Vernon escorts him to the closet and proceeds to rip into him that he only acts the way he does because he'd rather have people think he's a tough troublemaking delinquent type instead of a troubled and abused victim. Overall, it shows that he has more tolerance (and possibly more respect) to deal with Vernon than his parents.