The 1980s classic coming-of-age film, The Breakfast Club, is celebrating it's 30th anniversary this week
A brain, a beauty, a jock, a rebel and a recluse. On Saturday, March 24, 1984, five students schlepped into their high school library for an all-day detention and three decades later we’re still talking about it.
The Breakfast Club turned 30 this weekend – 30 years since the opening credits rolled and Simple Minds’ ‘Don’t You (Forget About Me)’ blasted out, becoming an instant anthem for adolescent misfits and transforming teen angst into a popular Hollywood franchise.
A princess, an athlete, a brain, a basket-case and a criminal: they soon became known as ‘The Brat Pack’ and the decade was dominated by their off-screen antics.
It made stars out of Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy – and got most teens in their ’80s reaching for oversized goth jumpers, knee high boots and kohl.
To celebrate our favourite ’80s teen movie turning 30, we’re celebrating The Breakfast Club’s best quotes:
Andrew Clark: We’re all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that’s all.
John Bender: Does Barry Manilow know that you raid his wardrobe?
Claire Standish: You know why guys like you knock everything?
John Bender: Oh, this should be stunning.
Claire Standish: It’s because you’re afraid.
John Bender: You get along with your parents?
Andrew Clark: Well, if I say yes I’m an idiot, right?
John Bender: You’re an idiot anyway. But if you say you get along with your parents, well, you’re a liar too.
Claire Standish: Why didn’t you want me to know that you are a virgin?
Brian Johnson: Because it’s my business – my personal business.
John Bender: Well, Brian, it doesn’t sound like you’re doing any business.
John Bender: Hey, homeboy, what do you say we close that door, we’ll get the prom queen impregnated.
Andrew Clark: What do you need a fake I.D. for?
Brian Johnson: So I can vote.
John Bender: Being bad feels pretty good, huh?
John Bender: You keep eating your hand and you’re not gonna be hungry for lunch…
Brian Johnson: [closing narration] Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. But we think you’re crazy to make an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us – in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain…
Andrew Clark: …and an athlete…
Allison Reynolds: …and a basket case…
Claire Standish: …a princess…
John Bender: …and a criminal…
Brian Johnson: Does that answer your question? Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club.
The anniversary edition of The Breakfast Club is available on Blue-ray™ and Digital Ultraviolet from 6th April 2015.