Whatever Happened To Bender From The Breakfast Club (2022)

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ByNina Starner/Updated: July 26, 2021 10:58 am EDT

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When you think of classic, seminal teen movies, your mind likely goes right to several films from the John Hughes collection, including favorites likeSixteen Candles,Pretty in Pink, and of course,The Breakfast Club. With razor-sharp scripts and unique yet incredibly relatable approaches to both the teenage and young adult experiences, these coming-of-age films felt like awakenings for their young audiences, andThe Breakfast Clubhas found a new life in the decades since its release, with remastered screenings for its anniversaries and a place in the Library of Congress' National Film Registry.

The Breakfast Club made stars out of its young cast, and teenagers across the country particularly fell in love with the film's "criminal" and resident bad boy John Bender, played by then 26-year-old actor Judd Nelson. Since the film, you might think Nelson has fallen off the radar, but he has been keeping plenty busywith stage, film, and television appearances since his Brat Pack glory days. Here's what he's been up to throughout the years.

His early movies

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Though Nelson initially enrolled at Pennsylvania's Haverford College, he left during his sophomore year to pursue acting full time, and moved to New York to study at the prestigious Stella Adler acting conservatory. Many audiences might think that Nelson's first film appearance was in The Breakfast Club, but before that, he appeared in three films: Rock 'n' Roll Hotel, Making the Grade, andFandango.

Though Rock 'n' Roll Hotel has largely been lost to time thanks to an enormous number of odd factors, some '80s moviegoers may recognize Nelson from the second two titles. 1984's Making the Grade featured Nelson alongside Dana Olsen and Andrew Dice Clay, playing a small-time con artist who must impersonate a rich prep-school kid (Olsen) to earn $10,000. Nelson followed that with Fandango in 1985, where he played a nerdy member of a clique called the Groovers, joining a cast that included Sam Robards and Kevin Costner (in his first starring role). The film, which focused on the Groovers taking one last trip before they graduate college during the Vietnam War, failed at the box office (though it has gained popularity in years since). Though Nelson had not yet found much success in the film world, he had a few credits to his name, and both Making the Grade and Fandango set him up perfectly for his next project.

The Brat Pack films

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Judd Nelson's big breakthrough came in 1985 with writer/director John Hughes'The Breakfast Club, which has since become one of the most famous teen movies of all time. With a core cast of just five actors — Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy, Anthony Michael Hall, Emilio Estevez, and Nelson — as high school students stuck in detention on a Saturday, the film explored themes of identity, acceptance, belonging, and unlikely relationships. The movie was a smash, making instant stars out of each of the five main actors (though Nelson was nearly fired for being a little too "Method" with Molly Ringwald, whose "princess" character he was supposed to torment). He rejoined many of his cast members in Joel Schumacher's St. Elmo's Fire, a film about recent Georgetown University graduates, which added Demi Moore and Rob Lowe to a cast that also included Sheedy and Estevez.

The stars of these films became so immediately notorious that New York magazine reporter David Blum, after seeing some of the young actors get mobbed in public, coined the term "the Brat Pack." None of the actors, including Nelson, liked the label, but the term, inspired by Sinatra's "Rat Pack," stuck for years to come, and remains associated with many of them today.

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The post-Brat Pack era

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Even though Nelson never officially returned to the Brat Pack, throughout his next series of film and television appearances, he would occasionally reunite with some of his former co-stars as they all began their transition from teen heartthrobs to adult actors. In 1986, Nelson lent his voice as Hot Rod/Rodimus Prime to the cartoon Transformers: The Movie, adapting the popular children's TV series based on the toy line, which has since become a cult classic despite a poor box office performance.

After re-teaming with fellow Brat Packer Ally Sheedy in the 1986 revenge drama Blue City, Nelson took a different approach, appearing in Bill Couturié's Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam, a documentary where actors read correspondences from the war. The film was unanimously praised by critics. Continuing on this prestige track, he starred in the two-part NBC TV movie Billionaire Boys Club, about a group of men convicted of murder, and even earned a Golden Globe nomination for his leading role. Ultimately, he finished out the 1980s, a decade that kept him plenty busy, with a few other film appearances, including the crime thriller Relentless and the road trip film Never on Tuesday, which also featured Emilio Estevez.

Stage work

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Not content to simply work in film and television, Nelson honed his acting chops on the stage for the first time in a 1988 production of Chekhov's famous familial playThe Seagull, playing the leading male role of Konstantin. The production, which was directed by Charles Marowitz and premiered at the Los Angeles Theater Center, was met with praise, with critics particularly hailing Nelson's performance.

Nelson's second stage outing was a leading role in Carnal Knowledge by Jules Feiffer, which ran both in Chicago and off-Broadway in New York. Paired with fellow teen movie star Jon Cryer and television actress Justine Bateman, the 1990 production was met with middling reviews, with some critics complaining that Nelson leaned into the script's more simplistic elements rather than finding new ground. However, with one theatrical success under his belt, Nelson proved that he could move beyond the Brat Pack, no matter the medium.

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His busy '90s career

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In between his stage appearances, Nelson stayed quite busy throughout the 1990s, thanks to a long stretch of film and television work. After working with famed actor Max von Sydow in Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes, a World War II period piece, he played the worst comedian in recorded history in The Dark Backward alongside Bill Paxton and James Caan. Following that, he appeared in Mario van Peebles' 1991 gangster film New Jack City, which co-starred Vanessa Williams, Ice-T, Chris Rock, and Wesley Snipes. As Ice-T's partner on a police investigation, Nelson found both commercial and critical success, as the film was ultimately well-reviewed and was very successful at the box office.

1994 gave Nelson a chance to flex his comedy chops alongside co-stars Brendan Fraser, Steve Buscemi, and Adam Sandler in Airheads, which focused on a group of musicians hijacking a popular radio station so that they can play their demo recording. The film received mostly negative reviews from critics at the time, but has since gained a cult following in some circles. To close out the '90s, Nelson returned to the gangster genre with the 1999 film Light It Up, appearing as a high school history teacher who must help troubled teens who get involved in criminal activity, played by future stars Usher Raymond and Rosario Dawson, among others.

Suddenly Susan

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During the 1990s, Nelson took a bit of a breather from his film roles for a huge television opportunity: a starring role in the hit sitcom Suddenly Susan. Premiering in September of 1996, Suddenly Susan starred Brooke Shields (in her first regular series) as magazine writer Susan Keane, who must balance being suddenly single along with her demanding career in San Francisco.

Nelson took on the role of Jack Richmond, Susan's boss (as well as her former fiancé's brother), who asks her to take on a regular column for the magazine about single life. The ensemble also included Kathy Griffin as a restaurant critic, Nestor Carbonell as a staff photographer, and the late David Strickland as a music reporter. Moving away from his bad boy image, Nelson got to stretch his acting muscles as Jack, building on story arcs involving the character's troubled marriage. He remained with the show for three years, and though Suddenly Susan was a ratings hit in its first season (perhaps thanks to its primetime slot between Seinfeld and ER), it lost viewers in the second season and never fully recovered, so Nelson made his exit along with most of the show's writing staff and the two series developers at the beginning of season four.

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Cameo episodes and the return of Bender

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Throughout the 2000s, in the aftermath of his series regular role on Suddenly Susan, Nelson appeared in a long string of shorter and recurring stints on television, including spots on The Outer Limits, both CSI and CSI: NY, Las Vegas, Eleventh Hour, and Psych. He also snagged himself a recurring guest role as a comically jealous ex-husband on Two and a Half Men during its eighth season, where he appeared alongside his former fellow Brat Packer Emilio Estevez's brother, Charlie Sheen.

Nelson's signature role, John Bender, helped him snag some roles even in the beginning of the 21st century — besides a significant cameo in Kevin Smith's 2001 Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (which he scored thanks to Smith's love of the classic John Hughes film), Nelson even brought Bender back, albeit to television. In the Family Guy episode "Blue Harvest," Nelson has a small, uncredited cameo as John Bender, even though the episode is supposedly about Star Wars.

His unaired HBO pilot

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Getting a show or film on HBO is certainly a goal for many actors, directors, producers, and writers, as the network has famously large budgets and doesn't censor its creators. There's also a certain amount of prestige associated with the HBO name. However, plenty of pilots don't get picked up, and unfortunately, Nelson knows that all too well.

In 2010, Nelson announced that he was working on an HBO project called Brookwood Sleazebags, but there isn't much information about it, not even on Nelson's own IMDb page — likely because it was never picked up by HBO. Its now defunct Facebook page lists Nelson in a starring role and describes the show as a deep dive into the sleaziest citizens of an upscale community called Brookwood. Not much is known about Nelson's character, Father Charley Lock, and though the show's description sounds promising, it looks like Nelson's first production credit never took off, and it's not even clear if the show ever aired at all. To this day, its only digital imprint is a few mentions in pieces on Nelson's post-Breakfast Club career.

Films in the 2000s

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Throughout the 2000s and 2010s, Nelson has taken his kept up his career in both film and television, mixing made-for-TV movies with studio productions and animated series. Beyond his return to the Transformers franchise in 2007 as Rodimus Prime for the Cartoon Network series, Nelson voiced multiple roles in the animated series Ben 10 Omniverse, including Ben 10,000, Eon, and Atomic-X. He has also dabbled in Hallmark films, including Santa Jr. in 2002 and 2010's Cancel Christmas, where he played Chris Frost (who is secretly Santa Claus). He joined the cast of the sequelThe Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day, alongside big names like Peter Fonda and The Walking Dead's Norman Reedus — however, the film, much like its predecessor, was met with negative reviews.

Nelson's biggest starring role in the 2000s was in the television movie Cabin by the Lake, which aired on the USA Network in 2000 and starred Nelson as Stanley, a serial killer who kills young girls while simultaneously writing a script about a serial killer who does the same thing. He went on to star in the sequel, Return to Cabin by the Lake, which performed slightly better than the original, though neither fared particularly well as far as critics were concerned.

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Career as an author

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Plenty of actors branch out into directing or producing, but few become authors — and yet, in the early 2010s, Judd Nelson did just that. In March of 2013, Nelson published his debut Kindle novel, entitled Nine of Diamonds, which he co-authored with Nancy Fulton. His follow-up, The Power of Speech (written without Fulton), was published in April of 2013. The duo reunited for two short screenplays, entitled Water Music and The Gig. Who is Nancy Fulton, you might ask? She's a writer and producer based in Los Angeles who works with writers, producers, and actors as a co-writer for their screenplays and projects.

Even in these few projects, Nelson showed an ability to tackle a variety of subjects — while Water Music focuses on a hot-headed conductor and his orchestra, Nine of Diamonds is about a young girl who poses an unexpected threat to a hard-headed military interrogator. With four different stories to choose from, fans can immerse themselves in a new chapter of Nelson's evolving career.

Television arcs

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In recent years, Nelson hasn't faded from the public eye, but has continued to seek out new and challenging roles on some of television's most popular and interesting series. In 2013, during the fourth and final season of Nikita, Nelson joined the show as Ronald Peller, a deep cover operative unknowingly working for the terrorist organization known as the Shop. In one of the series' most intriguing twists, it was revealed that Peller was the father of one of the main characters, Seymour Birkhoff (played by Aaron Stanford), and escaped death thanks to his son's help.

Nelson later took a role on the hit show Empire, which focused on a recording company led by the cutthroat and competitive Lyon family. Starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson and created by Precious' Lee Daniels, the show was a runaway hit when it premiered in January of 2015, and Nelson quickly signed on for the show's massively successful first season, playing a character named Billy Beretti, a competing CEO trying to take down the Lyon empire. Thanks to the show's huge success, Nelson found himself back in the spotlight, and with a great new credit to boot.

FAQs

What happened to John Bender after The Breakfast Club? ›

Bender didn't really register this, but after he got out, and as the years went on, he found himself picking up more and more carpentry gigs. It was an honest way to make a living, and making a living meant he could live on his own.

What is Judd Nelson doing now? ›

He's still acting in TV and movies.

In 2021, he starred in the Lifetime movie Girl in the Basement, and in 2020, he was in the film Iceland Is Best, playing a poetry teacher. "It was very peculiar," Nelson told Metro in 2021 of now playing the inspirational adult instead of the rebellious teen.

What did Bender do to Claire? ›

He is seen peeking under Claire's skirt, and the camera flashes to a shot of her underwear. It's implied that Bender then touches her inappropriately. Claire squeals, squeezing Bender's head between her knees. As he emerges from under the desk, Claire slaps him and cusses at him, but keeps a straight face.

How old is John Bender in The Breakfast Club? ›

Both were portrayed by actors who were born in 1959: Judd Nelson, Bender's actor, was born on November 28th, 1959, making him 25, during the film's release.

What does the pin on benders glove say? ›

John wears several different decorative pins on his shirt and jacket, but the majority of them aren't shown clearly enough to read. The only legible pin is on his glove and reads "Not Saved," which fits his criminal, bad-boy persona.

Who became the most famous from The Breakfast Club? ›

Ringwald, who starred in The Facts of Life prior to The Breakfast Club, is best known for her work with Hughes. She also starred in his movies Sixteen Candles and 1986's Pretty in Pink.

Who is the richest member of the Brat Pack? ›

Judd Nelson Net Worth
Net Worth:$4 Million
Gender:Male
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Profession:Actor, Screenwriter, Film Producer
Nationality:United States of America
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Did the cast of Breakfast Club get along? ›

Many label the actors from John Hughes' classic film as “The Brat Pack.” It goes without saying that every actor in The Breakfast Club was a prominent member of the pack. The group was known for being extremely close, and they'd spend as much time together off-screen as they would while making movies.

What high school was The Breakfast Club filmed at? ›

"It's a first draft of the screenplay by John Hughes." There is good reason for the school district to have the early film script: much of "The Breakfast Club" was filmed inside the shuttered Maine North High School in unincorporated Maine Township during the spring of 1984.

Do John and Claire end up together? ›

Because yes, Claire and Lord John end up married in book seven, and yes, they drunkenly (and full of grief for the loss of Jamie, whom they both love with all of their heart) consummate that marriage.

Who does Claire end up with in The Breakfast Club? ›

Andrew and Allison, Claire and Bender

Four out of the five Breakfast Club members pair off romantically at the end of the movie, leaving Brian Johnson to function as their fifth wheel, as it were.

Why did Brian have a gun in his locker? ›

He pauses to hide his face in his sleeve before revealing that he received detention because a flare gun went off in his locker because he was going to attempt suicide with it after failing his shop project. Claire later suggests that Brian write the paper for all of them.

How does bender feel about Claire? ›

Bender also takes out all his anger towards the popular crowd on Claire since she represents everything he hates about the 'riches'. In reality, Claire is quite soft at heart and very emotionally vulnerable.

What is the last line of The Breakfast Club? ›

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.

Why is John Bender in detention? ›

Judd Nelson as John Bender, a "Criminal" who was sentenced to Saturday detention for pulling the fire alarm. Molly Ringwald as Claire Standish, a "Princess" who was sentenced to Saturday detention for skipping school so that she can go shopping.

Was there a sixteen candle before breakfast club? ›

Sixteen Candles (1984), followed by The Breakfast Club (1985) and Pretty in Pink (1986), made stars out of a group of young actors—Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez, and Judd Nelson, among them—who collectively became known as the Brat Pack.

What is the DAvid bowie quote at the beginning of The Breakfast Club? ›

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. This quote is in direct reference to the quote at the beginning of the movie by David Bowie.

Which scene in The Breakfast Club was improvised? ›

Judd Nelson improvised the part at the closing of the film where Bender raises his fist in defiance. He was supposed to just walk into the sunset, so to speak, and John Hughes asked him to play around with a few actions.

Why is The Breakfast Club ending? ›

No, radio show The Breakfast Club is not ending. According to the official update, Angela Yee will be leaving the show to start her own chapter but she will be a part of The Breakfast Club until her show is up and running.

Why was it called The Breakfast Club? ›

THE BREAKFAST CLUB was originally titled DETENTION, but John Hughes changed the name after he heard a friend's teenage son refer to his school's morning detention class as “The Breakfast Club.”

Was Robert Downey Jr in The Breakfast Club? ›

The story referenced more than a few actors breaking out at the time and considered the first "Brat Pack" films to be 1981's Taps (featuring newcomers Sean Penn and Tom Cruise) and 1983's The Outsiders, and to this day there remain a slew of honorary members of the club, including Robert Downey Jr.

What is Demi Moore's net worth 2021? ›

Demi Moore's Net Worth

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Demi Moore has a $200 million net worth.

Are Tom Cruise and Rob Lowe friends? ›

The Parks and Recreation actor must have been going through some old photos because he recently stumbled upon this iconic picture featuring another big-time actor: Tom Cruise. It turns out the pair were good friends back in the '80s—so much so that they even went out on dates together.

Are Emilio Estevez and Tom Cruise friends? ›

Estevez and Cruise are childhood friends, and showed up to their audition for The Outsiders together. At the same event's afterparty, Estevez talks with his A-list family. You might know his father and brother by their stage names: Martin Sheen and Charlie Sheen.

Is Breakfast Club based on a true story? ›

The Breakfast Club Is Based On Hughes' Own High School Experience. John Hughes regularly sets his films in Shermer Chicago, a fictitious town. Weird Science (1985), Ferris Beueller's Day Off (1986), Sixteen Candles (1984), Pretty In Pink (1986) and National Lampoon's Vacation (1983) are all set there.

Is there a Confederate flag in The Breakfast Club? ›

Just noticed in the famous Emilio Estevez dancing scene from The Breakfast Club that there's some sort of confederate flag in the library. That's the old Georgia State flag.

How old were the actors in The Breakfast Club when it was filmed? ›

The ages of everyone in the principle cast at the time of filming are: Judd Nelson (25 years old), Molly Ringwald (16 years old; her 17th birthday was only three days after the film's release), Emilio Estevez (23 years old), Anthony Michael Hall (16 years old) and Ally Sheedy (23 years old).

Is Maine North High School still standing? ›

Opened in August 1970, Maine North closed in May 1981. The building is constructed in brutalist style, and its architect was Donald Stillwaugh.

Is Shermer Illinois a real place? ›

However, as Jay and Silent Bob found out in Kevin Smith's Dogma, Shermer isn't a real place at all — it was a fictional suburb created entirely by the filmmaker.

Does Shermer High School exist? ›

Rydell, Shermer, Ridgemont and Hill Valley are all famous schools from some of the most-loved movies of all-time. However, none actually exist. All of the high schools in films like "Grease," "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and "Back to the Future" are fictional, but they had to be filmed somewhere.

Does Jamie ever go to the future? ›

Not only has Jamie never traveled to the future yet, he won't travel to the future. No, the ghost doesn't count. That's something completely different. Of course, many fans would love to see Jamie travel to the future.

Who is the father of Malva Christie baby? ›

Later, after Claire has returned to the Ridge, she is confessor to Allan Christie, who explains that he was the one that fathered Malva's child, and then murdered her.

Does Jamie sleep with Lord John? ›

Claire, remembering a similar anniversary gift Jamie had given to her a decade earlier, faints. A week after her marriage to Lord John, she and John drunkenly sleep together. The following morning, both talk about Jamie and admit they are using each other to connect with Jamie's memory.

What mental illness is in The Breakfast Club? ›

The disorders portrayed in the film include: Borderline Personality Disorder- instability in moods, interpersonal relationships, self-image, and behavior. Schizotypal Personality Disorder- peculiarities of thinking, odd beliefs, and eccentricities of appearance, behavior, interpersonal style, and thought.

Where's your lunch you're wearing it meaning? ›

Bender Explains Why He Doesn't Have Any Lunch

Claire asks Bender about this, and he says he doesn't have any lunch because she's "wearing it." It's a lewd response which he probably makes to distract Claire from her question. Bender doesn't actually explain why he doesn't have any food.

Is there a part 2 to The Breakfast Club? ›

Sadly, following the death of John Hughes in 2009, The Breakfast Club 2 never came to be, but this is not the first time that one of the original cast has discussed the idea of a sequel.

Why is Stewie so close to Brian? ›

Brian and Stewie: They're the only two characters who get each other. What makes Brian and Stewie's relationship really special is that they're the only two characters in the show who really get each other. Brian is a dog with human qualities and, as a result, he struggles to fit in and find his purpose in life.

Is Stewie in love with Brian? ›

The episode features Brian and Stewie after they are accidentally trapped inside a bank vault over a weekend. The two try to kill each other, and are ultimately forced to reveal their true feelings about each other, and eventually go on to question each other's existence and purpose in life.

What episode does Brian and Stewie say over? ›

Family Guy Season 6 Episode 7 Quotes. Stewie: Alright Brian, I'm gonna go up to the upper level and run this wire down through the wall. Grab your walkie, I'll call you when I get up there. Brian: Okay.

What did Bender do to Claire? ›

He is seen peeking under Claire's skirt, and the camera flashes to a shot of her underwear. It's implied that Bender then touches her inappropriately. Claire squeals, squeezing Bender's head between her knees. As he emerges from under the desk, Claire slaps him and cusses at him, but keeps a straight face.

Did Claire sleep with Bender? ›

Bender told her to sneak out of her house that Wednesday night and to meet up with him, and so she did. She made some excuse about how one of her friends needed help with planning a school dance and her mom ate it up. So, she slept with Bender. She lost her virginity to the bad boy.

What was Claire in detention for? ›

The popular girl at school, Claire Standish, was played by Molly Ringwald. Claire ended up in detention because she skipped class so she could go shopping.

Is the janitor Brian's dad? ›

Hughes made a cameo in the film as Brian's dad.

In fact, he didn't even make many public appearances.

What is the most famous line from The Breakfast Club? ›

We're all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that's all.” — Andrew. The central theme of The Breakfast Club is that everyone has their own problems, whether you can see them or not.

What did Allison decorate her snow picture with? ›

Sheedy's most popular role to this day is still Allison, the “basket case” in “The Breakfast Club.” In one memorable scene, her oddball character uses her own dandruff to decorate her drawing as “snow.” By the film's conclusion, she realizes she has more in common with the jock (Emilio Estevez), the brainiac (Anthony ...

What does Bender say to Brian in The Breakfast Club? ›

John Bender: Don't you ever talk about my friends. You don't know any of my friends. You don't look at any of my friends. And you certainly wouldn't condescend to speak to any of my friends.

Why is Allison in detention? ›

The Basket Case

Allison went to detention by personal choice, citing nothing better to do with her time. Regardless, she wound up being lumped into the other kids; once during Carl The Janitor's "sh*theads like you" insult, and the other with Vernon referring to her as "Missy" in a derogatory manner twice.

How long was The Breakfast Club in detention? ›

In the simplest and in their own terms, Claire is a princess, Andrew an athlete, John a criminal, Brian a brain, and Allison a basket case. But one other thing they do have in common is a nine hour detention in the school library together on Saturday, March 24, 1984, under the direction of Mr.

Why was John Bender in detention in The Breakfast Club? ›

Judd Nelson as John Bender, a "Criminal" who was sentenced to Saturday detention for pulling the fire alarm. Molly Ringwald as Claire Standish, a "Princess" who was sentenced to Saturday detention for skipping school so that she can go shopping.

Who is the guy at the end of The Breakfast Club? ›

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 us write an essay telling you who we think we are.

What happened Ally Sheedy? ›

Outside of the public eye, Sheedy has volunteered teaching film and theater to public schoolchildren in New York City and is currently teaching an acting class at the City College of New York.

Why is The Breakfast Club ending? ›

No, radio show The Breakfast Club is not ending. According to the official update, Angela Yee will be leaving the show to start her own chapter but she will be a part of The Breakfast Club until her show is up and running.

Did The Breakfast Club actors get along? ›

Many label the actors from John Hughes' classic film as “The Brat Pack.” It goes without saying that every actor in The Breakfast Club was a prominent member of the pack. The group was known for being extremely close, and they'd spend as much time together off-screen as they would while making movies.

What was the message behind The Breakfast Club? ›

-THE BREAKFAST CLUB explores teenage stereotypes that provide clear identities to the five main characters – the Brain, the Athlete, the Basket Case, the Princess and the Criminal – and yet each teen goes through a transformation to explore the boundaries of their own comfort zones.

How does Claire feel about Brian? ›

This drives Claire to tears and she declares that she hates him. Brian also calls her conceited and Claire explains that she doesn't like having to go along with everything her friends say and that she is constantly under a lot of pressure from her popular friends and family.

What is ironic about Carl the janitor? ›

Bender's basically mocking Carl for being a janitor and predicting the same fate for Andrew. This is kind of ironic, given that Bender doesn't exactly have more social cache than a janitor. Carl responds with a magisterial rejoinder: CARL: Oh, really?

Why did Angela Yee leave Breakfast Club? ›

“You can generally play with it and be stupid with and I don't have to worry about anything else. So Angela was that to me.” Yee said last month that she would be leaving the show to start her own nationally syndicated show, “Way Up With Angela Yee” on 105.1.

Why did Brian have a gun in his locker? ›

He pauses to hide his face in his sleeve before revealing that he received detention because a flare gun went off in his locker because he was going to attempt suicide with it after failing his shop project. Claire later suggests that Brian write the paper for all of them.

Who turned down the role of Charlie in Top Gun? ›

Kelly McGillis Didn't Want to Do 'Top Gun' Because Charlie Blackwood Was a 'Cartoon Character' Actor Kelly McGillis unknowingly had the opportunity to play the role of a lifetime in 1986's Top Gun. The film not only made Tom Cruise a breakout star but boosted McGillis' profile as well.

Is Eden supposed to look like Ally Sheedy? ›

Chapter Six: “The Dive”

In Utah, Suzie's big sister Eden is styled to look just like Ally Sheedy in The Breakfast Club. Skull Rock, where Eddie Munson hides, is the name of a location in the Disney animated classic Peter Pan.

Did Emilio quit acting? ›

Though he hasn't completely stopped taking onscreen roles, Estevez has been highly selective about which acting projects to accept - a natural course for someone who has spent more than 40 active years in the entertainment industry. Apart from being in the main cast of The Breakfast Club (1985), St.

How much of The Breakfast Club was improvised? ›

During the filming of "The Breakfast Club," many scenes were improvised and some of the dialogue was ad-libbed (via Collider). Per Insider, one of the most well-known ad-libbed scenes was when the characters reveal why they're all in detention.

Who does Claire end up with in The Breakfast Club? ›

Andrew and Allison, Claire and Bender

Four out of the five Breakfast Club members pair off romantically at the end of the movie, leaving Brian Johnson to function as their fifth wheel, as it were.

Where was the last scene of The Breakfast Club filmed? ›

Similarly, the final scene of the movie, which sees John Bender (Judd Nelson) running across the athletic field, was also filmed at Maine North High School. The Breakfast Club was not the only John Hughes film shot at Main North.

Did the brain, the athlete, the basket case, the princess, and the criminal stay friends after all those years? Did they even make it to Monday?!?!

Andy also always felt guilty that he had to hide the fact that he and Brian were friends from his teammates.. Andy’s team lost the State Championships that year, and everyone blamed Andy for the loss.. To Andy’s surprise, Brian wasn’t just polite to him, but friendly.. He signed it, “The Breakfast Club.” What We Think Happened Next: Brian sweetly, and naively, thought that they would all be friends come Monday morning.. She had kept Claire’s headband and, like Brian, the hope they would all be friends.. In fact, Brian helped Allison on her SATs so that she could secure a scholarship to Pratt Art Institute in New York City, and Allison helped Brian flirt with a sweet science nerd girl named Neela.. Brian is still Facebook friends with Allison and was legitimately happy to run into Andy during that business trip to Chicago.. John Bender, the criminalWhere We Left Him: He thrust his fist in the air in triumph because he totally made out with Claire and she totally gave him one of her diamond earrings.. What We Think Happened Next: Bender fell hard for Claire, or at least, he fell for the way she made him feel about himself.. What We Think Happened Next: Well, we already covered how Andy almost immediately ditched Allison and how she and Brian became actual friends.. Allison soon realized that when she pushed her hair back and looked those sweet, smart boys in the eyes that they started to tremble.. Brian’s friends all quickly developed crushes on her, and Allison dated a few of them.

The classic John Hughes film was released in 1985 and starred Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, and Emilio Estevez.

John Hughes' "The Breakfast Club" was released in February 1985.. The film starred Molly Ringwald and Judd Nelson as high school students who end up in weekend detention together.. Ringwald has starred in plenty of movies and shows since the film came out, and currently plays Mary Andrews on "Riverdale.". Visit Insider's homepage for more stories .. On February 15, 1985, John Hughes' "The Breakfast Club" hit theaters.. The film, which starred Molly Ringwald and Judd Nelson, focused on a group of seemingly dissimilar teenagers who ended up together during Saturday morning detention at Shermer High School.. For hours, they were told to keep quiet and write a 1,000-word essay describing who they think they are.. Naturally, the students completely disregarded the first part and instead spent the day getting into trouble.. Here's what the cast of the iconic movie has been up to since "The Breakfast Club" was released 35 years ago.

The Breakfast Club is an iconic '80s movie, but if you haven't watched it since then there's a lot you probably didn't notice.

And unlike other teen movies, even being the prom queen or star athlete couldn't save you from the perils of growing up in America.. Here are things you only notice about The Breakfast Club as an adult.. LGBT depictions are pretty much non-existent in The Breakfast Club , but there are plenty of gay slurs and stereotypes present in the film that wouldn't make it into a film made today.. Later, he asks her if she wants to see a picture of "a guy with elephantitis of the nuts" and asks her if she would date a man like that, noting that his testicles would have to ride shotgun.. John Bender's home life sounds genuinely miserable to anyone watching the film.. John then asks him if he's being threatened, and Vernon replies, "You think anyone's gonna believe you?. Finally, he tries to get John to physically fight him, calling him "a gutless turd" when John does not respond.. Virginity is just as fraught — if not more so — for women in the film.. And Allison notes that it's not easy to just tell the truth, noting, "If you say you haven't, you're a prude.. That said, it barely scoots by, as the only identifiable time when Allison and Claire talk to each other about something other than men is at the end, during the makeover scene .. But then Allison asks Claire why she is being so nice to her, and Claire responds, "Because you're letting me.". But as an adult so many years later, you can really appreciate her look.. But as an adult who's endured the pressure of varsity competition, or perhaps as the parent of a young student athlete, you know just how exhausting some of those school sports can be, and not just physically.. The pressure to succeed academically is not some fabrication or a predicament unique to Brian's life.

Five high school kids, each with their own prejudices, meet in detention and pour their hearts out to one other, discovering that they have a lot more in common than they anticipated.

After we had eaten our fill , we decided we should do more interesting things than sit around talking about school stuff all day long.. You told us we'd go to jail if we didn't attend school today.. [Vernon writes back] I can't believe you guys are trying to get me fired.. [The narrator continues] We always wanted to tell you guys that you weren't really banned from school.. Vernon reads the piece, in which Brian claims that Vernon has already determined who they are based on preconceptions and that he is insane if he believes they would tell him who they are; Brian similarly claims that "each of us is a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess, and a criminal.". When they go to detention, Ms. Colman (Anne Francis) tells them that they are all going to spend the day together because there's not enough room in the jail cells and they have to let some people go.

THE BREAKFAST CLUB EXCLUSIVE: John Bender star Judd Nelson looks back fondly on the production of the seminal coming-of-age movie, but he isn't convinced a sequel would work.

He revealed: "For four hours Emilio and I read all four of [Hughes' Breakfast Club] scripts.. The Breakfast Club was directed by John Hughes and starred Nelson, along with Molly Ringwald (Image: UNIVERSAL)"And that's why," Judd sighed.. Judd said: "Well, it would be different.. Judd Nelson stars in Iceland is Best (Image: RRP FILMS)Iceland Is Best hits cinemas next month and was written and directed by Max Newsom - a man Judd brands "incredibly intellectual".. Whether you're on screen or not, the actors don't really decide.

The Brat Pack was a group of young highly successful actors in the 1980s. Membership in the club is up for debate, but it largely consists of Breakfast

(“The Breakfast Club”/Universal Pictures)The de facto leader of the Brat Pack, there isn’t anyone more closely associated with this era than Emilio Estevez.. Elmo’s Fire”/Columbia Pictures)No Brat Pack member had a more visible fall from grace than Lowe.. Elmo’s Fire”/Columbia Pictures)Andrew McCarthy is often regarded as one of the great teenage stars of all time.. His Brat Pack credits include St. Elmo’s Fire and Pretty in Pink , but the hits didn’t end there.. Elmo’s Fire”/Columbia Pictures)Demi Moore seamlessly bridged the gap from General Hospital to Brat Pack idol.. (“The Breakfast Club”/Universal Pictures)Judd Nelson, Rob Lowe, and Emilio Estevez are regarded as some of the hardest partiers in the Brat Pack.. Nelson played the street tough John Bender in The Breakfast Club , not to mention appearances in St. Elmo’s Fire and Blue City as well.. (“The Breakfast Club”/Universal Pictures)As iconic a teen icon as there’s ever been, Ringwald’s status as Hughes’ muse meant iconic role after iconic role.. (“Platoon”/Orion Pictures)Emilio Estevez’s brother Charlie Sheen was absent from St. Elmo’s Fire , but he’s always been Brat Pack adjacent.

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