The movie centers on Brian Johnson (Hall), Andrew Clark ( Estevez ), Allison Reynolds (Sheedy), Claire Standish ( Ringwald ) and John Bender (Nelson) as they gather in the library of the fictional Shermer High School to serve detention from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, 1984.
Claire Standish is in detention for skipping school to go shopping. Her rich dad didn’t care, but her poor, drunk mom got mad at her. Andrew Clark is in detention for taping Larry’s butt together, which his father made him do . Claire (Molly Ringwald, “the princess”) cut classes to hang out with her friends.
The ages of everyone in the principle cast at the time of filming are: Judd Nelson ( 25 years old ), Molly Ringwald (16 years old; her 17th birthday was only three days after the film’s release), Emilio Estevez (23 years old), Anthony Michael Hall (16 years old) and Ally Sheedy (23 years old).
However, when Hughes was unable to find someone to play Andrew Clark, Estevez was recast. Nicolas Cage was considered for the role of John Bender, which was the last role to be cast, though the role was narrowed down to John Cusack and Judd Nelson.
The group has been characterized by the partying of members such as Robert Downey Jr ., Estevez, Lowe, and Nelson. However, an appearance in one or both of the ensemble casts of John Hughes’ The Breakfast Club and Joel Schumacher’s St. Elmo’s Fire is often considered the prerequisite for being a core Brat Pack member.
Andrew was in detention with the other four on Saturday. The crime he committed to get in detention was from the pressure of his Dad. He was getting changed after wrestling one day, taping up his knee and saw Larry Lester, a weak kid. He taped Larry Lester’s butt together with the tape he was using for his knee.
Poignant, funny and thoroughly relatable, the screenplay presents a touching tale of teen angst which doesn’t seek to patronise or trivialise the teenager’s experiences and still resonates, even if you’ve long left your school days behind. There are great lines dotted throughout the movie: ‘We’re all pretty bizarre.
Later when the group is discussing what each one of them can do , Claire demonstrates that she can apply lipstick by placing the stick between her breasts.
Regarded as one of the seminal films of the ’80s, John Hughes’ movie is a compendium of the anxieties, confusion and joys of teenage existence. It made Hughes a star, and he’d go on to write or direct other classics like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Home Alone, and Planes, Trains and Automobiles.
He lives part of the year in LA and the rest in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he shot The Public. Cincinnati is not exactly known for celebrities and that’s why he likes it. But in classic Estevez style, he was drawn there because it’s where his mother is from.
It’s a change from the way they were. Sheen , 45, and Estevez, 48, developed a camaraderie because of their careers. Both became stars quickly — Estevez in 1985 with” The Breakfast Club ” and “St Elmo’s Fire,” Sheen in 1986 with “Platoon” and the following year with “Wall Street.”
Appearance. Carl is first seen in the opening sequence. Carl’s entrance prompts Bender to rudely and mockingly suggest to Brian that “his dad ” (referring to Carl ; we see Brian’s actual dad at the end of the film) works at the school.
“When you grow up, your heart dies.” Allison Reynolds (Ally Sheedy) in The Breakfast Club . The Breakfast Club captured the teen angst of a generation, delving into themes such as stereotyping, the stigma of mental illness and bullying.
Even aside from the fact that Bender very explicitly harasses and antagonizes Claire for the entire movie, making the scene where they finally make out seem mildly toxic at best, neither of their character arcs seem to build toward a relationship in any way. I don’t Claire ever interacted with Bender again.