The On-Set Chemistry That Made The Breakfast Club

Inside Criterion / Sneak Peeks — Jan 8, 2018

In John Hughes’s The Breakfast Club, one of the most perceptive and influential portraits of American high-school life to emerge over the last several decades, five seemingly archetypal adolescents find themselves stuck together in Saturday detention, gradually letting their guards down, and coming to recognize each other’s anxieties and complexities, over the course of the day. Hughes instilled the film, only his second as a director, with a remarkable degree of closeness and candor—qualities that were also present on set, in the atmosphere of tight-knit collaboration he fostered among cast and crew. In the video above, an excerpt from a supplement on our newly released edition of Hughes’s classic, costars Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy offer some of their impressions from the making of the film, recalling the director’s improv-heavy working methods, as well as the pivotal role played by editor Dede Allen during production.