John Hughes

The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club

What happens when five strangers end up together in Saturday detention? Badass posturing, gleeful misbehavior, and a potent dose of angst. With this exuberant, disarmingly candid film, writer-director John Hughes established himself as the bard of American youth, vividly and empathetically capturing how teenagers hang out, act up, and goof off. The Breakfast Club brings together an assortment of adolescent archetypes—the uptight popular girl (Molly Ringwald), the stoic jock (Emilio Estevez), the foulmouthed rebel (Judd Nelson), the virginal bookworm (Anthony Michael Hall), and the kooky recluse (Ally Sheedy)—and watches them shed their personae and emerge into unlikely friendships. With its highly quotable dialogue and star-making performances, this exploration of the trials of adolescence became an era-defining pop-culture phenomenon, one whose influence now spans generations.

Film Info

  • John Hughes
  • United States
  • 1985
  • 97 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
  • Spine #905

Special Features

  • 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Alternate 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2008 featuring actors Anthony Michael Hall and Judd Nelson
  • New interviews with actors Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy
  • New video essay featuring director John Hughes’s production notes, read by Nelson
  • Documentary from 2008 featuring interviews with cast and crew
  • Fifty minutes of never-before-seen deleted and extended scenes
  • Rare promotional and archival interviews
  • Excerpts from a 1985 American Film Institute seminar with Hughes
  • 1999 radio interview with Hughes
  • Segment from a 1985 episode of NBC’s Today featuring the film’s cast
  • Audio interview with Ringwald from a 2014 episode of This American Life
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by author and critic David Kamp

Purchase Options

Special Features

  • 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Alternate 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2008 featuring actors Anthony Michael Hall and Judd Nelson
  • New interviews with actors Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy
  • New video essay featuring director John Hughes’s production notes, read by Nelson
  • Documentary from 2008 featuring interviews with cast and crew
  • Fifty minutes of never-before-seen deleted and extended scenes
  • Rare promotional and archival interviews
  • Excerpts from a 1985 American Film Institute seminar with Hughes
  • 1999 radio interview with Hughes
  • Segment from a 1985 episode of NBC’s Today featuring the film’s cast
  • Audio interview with Ringwald from a 2014 episode of This American Life
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by author and critic David Kamp

The Breakfast Club
Cast
Emilio Estevez
Andrew Clark
Paul Gleason
Richard Vernon
Anthony Michael Hall
Brian Johnson
John Kapelos
Carl
Judd Nelson
John Bender
Molly Ringwald
Claire Standish
Ally Sheedy
Allison Reynolds
Perry Crawford
Allison’s father
Mary Christian
Brian’s sister
Ron Dean
Andy’s father
Tim Gamble
Claire’s father
Fran Gargano
Allison’s mom
Mercedes Hall
Brian’s mom
Credits
Director
John Hughes
Written by
John Hughes
Produced by
Ned Tanen
Produced by
John Hughes
Coproduced by
Michelle Manning
Director of photography
Thomas Del Ruth
Production designer
John W. Corso
Edited by
Dede Allen
Music composed and supervised by
Keith Forsey
Executive producers
Gil Friesen
Executive producers
Andrew Meyer
Production supervisor
Richard Hashimoto
Costume designer
Marilyn Vance
Casting by
Jackie Burch

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Feb 1, 2018
The On-Set Chemistry That Made The Breakfast Club
The On-Set Chemistry That Made The Breakfast Club

Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy offer some of their impressions from the making of John Hughes’s pop-culture sensation.

Inside Criterion / Sneak Peeks — Jan 8, 2018
The Breakfast Club: Smells Like Teen Realness
The Breakfast Club: Smells Like Teen Realness

John Hughes created the blueprint for the American teen movie with this pop-culture phenomenon, finding the humanity in an assortment of high school archetypes.

By David Kamp

On Film / Essays — Jan 3, 2018