“The Breakfast Club” was for teens of the 80s what “Rebel Without a Cause” was for 50s teens. John Hughes’ 1985 classic has resonated with audiences for over 35 years. It is a quintessential film of its decade and consistently finds itself on countless movie lists.
The behind the scenes photo above features director John Hughes alongside the film’s ensemble cast. (From L-R) Anthony Michael Hall, Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez, and Ally Sheedy surround the director in what appears to be a dressing room.
Similar to other Hughes films, “The Breakfast Club” takes place in a Chicago suburb. The five young actors must wait out eight long hours of Saturday detention. Through great execution of its premise, “The Breakfast Club” beautifully demonstrates how to set an engaging film in just one location.
While Hughes and the cast all went on to make other acclaimed films, “The Breakfast Club” remains what they are most known for. In 2018, Molly Ringwald rewatched the film with her daughter. After their viewing, Ringwald penned an op-ed for The New Yorker. In it, she details what it was like returning to “The Breakfast Club” during the Me Too Movement.
“The Breakfast Club” is currently free to stream on Peacock.