Set in suburban Chicago, the film features five high school students from different social backgrounds who must spend a Saturday sitting in the school library as punishment for various infractions. Estevez, a star wrestler, is the jock; Ringwald portrays a rich, spoiled "princess"; Hall is a nerdy "brain;" Sheedy plays an introverted loner; and Nelson is a rebellious punk.
Towards the end of filming, Hughes asked them both to be in The Breakfast Club.
Hall became the first to be cast, agreeing to the role of Brian Johnson. Ringwald was originally approached to play the character of Allison Reynolds, but she was "really upset" because she wanted to play Claire Standish.
She eventually convinced the director and the studio to give her the part. Emilio Estevez originally auditioned for the role of John Bender. However, when Hughes was unable to find someone to play Andrew Clarke, 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.
Hughes eventually cast Cusack, but decided to replace him with Nelson before shooting began, because Cusack did not look threatening enough for the role. At one point, Hughes was disappointed at Nelson because he stayed in character by harassing Ringwald off-camera, and the other actors had to convince Hughes not to fire him.
Hughes originally thought that The Breakfast Club would be his directorial debut. Hughes opted for an insular, largely one room set and wrote it about high school students, who would be played by younger actors. The library at Maine North High School, considered too small for the film, prompted the crew to build the set in the school's gymnasium.
The first print was minutes in length. The shot of five actors gazing at the camera influenced the way teen films were marketed from that point on.
A brain, a beauty, a jock, a rebel and a recluse". Themes[ edit ] The main theme of the film is the constant struggle of the American teenager to be understood, by adults and by themselves. It explores the pressure put on teenagers to fit into their own realms of high school social constructs, as well as the lofty expectations of their parents, teachers, and other authority figures.
On the surface, the students have little in common with each other. However, as the day rolls on, they eventually bond over a common disdain for the aforementioned issues of peer pressure and parental expectations. Once the obvious stereotypes are broken down, the characters "empathize with each other's struggles, dismiss some of the inaccuracies of their first impressions, and discover that they are more similar than different".
Vernon, is not portrayed in a positive light. He consistently talks down to the students and flaunts his authority throughout the film. Bender is the only one who stands up to Vernon.
Universal Pictures released the film in cinemas on February 15, in the United States. This release was digitally remastered and restored from the original 35mm film negatives for better picture quality on DVD, Digital HD and Blu-ray.
Kathleen Carroll from the New York Daily News stated, "Hughes has a wonderful knack for communicating the feelings of teenagers, as well as an obvious rapport with his exceptional cast—who deserve top grades".An early look at the Oscar race.
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The movie takes place on a Saturday.
The five kids have all violated high school rules in one way or another, and they've qualified for a special version of detention: all day long, from 8 to 4, in the school library.3/5.
The Breakfast Club a long, dark night of the soul on the 25th anniversary reunion Four-fifths of the cast of John Hughes's seminal teen comedy gathered to celebrate the film's quarter century.
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MRQE Metric: See what the critics had to say and watch the trailer. Powerful and iconic, The Breakfast Club is a well-filmed, well-acted, and quite entertaining coming-of-age film that is, to this day, surprisingly and effectively relatable%.