The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club

John Hughes (1985)

15 Certificate


Our Score
One of the high-water marks of the 1980s Brat Pack cycle, this Saturday detention drama from director John Hughes has lost some of its freshness in the face of time and endless inferior imitations. Yet this chat-fest still rings true often enough to be relevant to both overgrown teenagers and the disgruntled kids of today. Brat Packers Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson and Ally Sheedy are joined by teen favourite of the time Molly Ringwald and the underestimated Anthony Michael Hall for a mix of justified grievances, self-pitying whinges and hard-hitting home truths. The girls easily outshine the boys, but everyone manages to breathe a little life into their essentially clichéd characters.


Five teenagers who occupy different areas of their school's social structure are thrown together for a Saturday morning detention. During the day, they analyse their behaviour and find unexpected common ground. Drama, directed by John Hughes and starring Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Ally Sheedy and Paul Gleason.

Cast & Crew

Andrew Clark Emilio Estevez
Claire Standish Molly Ringwald
John Bender Judd Nelson
Allison Reynolds Ally Sheedy
Brian Johnson Anthony Michael Hall
Richard Vernon Paul Gleason
Carl John Kapelos
Allison's father Perry Crawford
Brian's sister Mary Christian
Andy's father Ron Dean
Claire's father Tim Gamble
Allison's mother Fran Gargano
Brian's mother Mercedes Hall
Brian's father John Hughes
Director John Hughes
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: U.I.P. (UK)Guidance: Swearing and drug abuse.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray