The Breakfast Club turns 25

"The Breakfast Club" (Universal Pictures)

September 22, 2010 4:58:49 AM PDT
Twenty-five years ago a movie filmed in a northwest suburban high school became an iconic teen drama."The Breakfast Club" brought student stereotypes- the jock, the princess, the loner, the basket case, the geek- together for a day of detention under the direction of John Hughes, who died of a heart attack in August 2009. During the day, they learn they are more than what the school sees them as and find common ground- and friendships. An essay sent to the principal explains what the group has discovered:

"You see us as you want to see us... In the simplest terms and the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain and an athlete and a basket case, a princess and a criminal...
Does that answer your question?
Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club."

The actors, all part of the 1980s "brat pack" include Molly Ringwald, as princess Claire Standish; Emilio Estevez , as the athlete Andrew "Andy" Clark; Anthony Michael Hall as geek Brian Johnson; Judd Nelson as loner John Bender; and Ally Sheedy as basket case Allison Reynolds.

The movie was filmed at then empty Maine North High School in Des Plaines in 1984 and released in 1985. Maine North was also used for Hughes' "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."

Where they are now:

  • Molly Ringwald starred in several 'brat pack' movies and is currently on an ABC TV show, "The Secret Life of the American Teenager."
  • Emilio Estevez most recently starred in the TV show "Two and a Half Men" opposite his brother, Charlie Sheen. He has two children.
  • Anthony Michael Hall was in several of Hughes movies and most recently appeared on the TV show "The Dead Zone" and played TV host Mike Engel in the film "The Dark Knight."
  • Judd Nelson will appear in nine upcoming films, including "Brookwood Sleazebags," which he is also producing.
  • Ally Sheedy has guest-starred on TV shows "The Dead Zone" and "CSI." Recently, she played a recurring role on the TV show "Kyle XY." She also starred in the film "High Art."

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