Thursday March 24th, 2016 will mark 32 years since the famous gang of five strangers-turned-friends met in detention at Shermer High School. In honor of the film, we’ve collected 32 facts you might not have known about The Breakfast Club.
The high school that The Breakfast Club was filmed at was the same high school where Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was filmed.
The studio converted the school’s gymnasium into the library.
Like other movies from director John Hughes, such as Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Pretty in Pink, and National Lampoon’s Vacation, The Breakfast Club is set in the fictional Chicago suburb of Shermer, Illinois.
It took John Hughes only two days to write a draft of the screenplay.
The film was shot entirely in sequence.
Ally Sheedy, who plays Allison, suggested the David Bowie quote that appears at the beginning of the film to Hughes.
Judd Nelson, who plays Bender, was 26 at the time of filming.
Michael Anthony Hall and Molly Ringwald, who played Brian and Claire, were 16 at the time of filming.
Molly Ringwald was originally cast to play Allison (Ally Sheedy), but she fought to play the role of Claire.
Working titles for “The Breakfast Club” included “The Lunch Bunch” and “Library Revolution”.
The pot smoked in the film is actually oregano.
Each actor took home a piece of the “library’s” banister as a souvenir of the filming.
The character of Claire was originally named Cathy.
“Don’t You (Forget About Me)” by Simple Minds was written specifically for the movie and was the band’s only number one hit.
During down time on set, Judd Nelson would practice with the high school’s football team.
Laura Dern, Robin Wright, and Jodie Foster all auditioned for the role of Claire, but ultimately lost it to Molly Ringwald.
Judd Nelson improvised the most iconic frame of the movie… his fist-pump as he’s walking off the football field.
The film’s heart to heart scene, where all five students share their secrets, was ad-libbed.
Emilio Estevez, who played Andrew, was originally slated to play Bender but the director couldn’t find anyone who was right for the Andrew role. So Estevez played Andrew and the role of Bender went to Judd Nelson.
Judd Nelson constantly picked on Molly Ringwald when they weren’t shooting. This almost led to him being fired.
Allison’s “dandruff”, which she sprinkles over her drawing to “make it snow”, was said to be Parmesan cheese, but the actress later set the record straight and noted that the “dandruff” was potato flakes.
Ally Sheedy’s first line is 33minutes into the movie.
Claire’s entire outfit was purchased from Ralph Lauren.
At one point, Hughes wanted to film a sequel every ten years to catch up with the characters.
As a student, Carl the janitor was Shermer High’s “Man of the Year”.
Judd Nelson says he came to audition for the role of Bender in character, and that he was called in to read just as he was getting “a little rambunctious in the waiting room,” causing a receptionist to call security.
Ally Sheedy’s (Allison) nickname for Anthony Michael Hall (Brian) on set was “Milk and Cookies”.
Anthony Michael Hall’s actual mother and sister cameo in the beginning of the film as his character’s mother and sister.
Director John Hughes cameos as Brian’s father in the film at the end of the film.
The actors were sent to a local high school as undercover students to see what high schools were like during that time. Judd Nelson even got sent to the principal’s office for being late to class because he couldn’t find his classroom.
Director John Hughes insisted that the cast and crew eat all their lunches in the school cafeteria.
UPB is bringing the Breakfast Club to Late Night Breakfast on Thursday, March 24th from 10-12p in Festival. Join us for free food, giveaways, music, and more!
Written by Spirit and Traditions Committee Member Katelyn Weeks
Located in downtown Harrisonburg, Food.Bar.Food specializes in global comfort food. They offer American breakfast favorites with ethnic twists, you’ll be sure to love. This is surely a spot for foodies, and people who like to explore new flavors.
2. Billy Jack’s
A Harrisonburg staple, Billy Jack’s is famous for their great burgers and sliders. Keeping with tradition, they have adjusted their sliders for brunch. If you’re not all about the sliders, they have a variety of classic American breakfast choices to get your day going. For those 21 and over, be sure to check out BJ’s Bloody Mary.
3. The Golden Pony
A bit of a lesser-known brunch spot, the Golden Pony will not disappoint. Their brunch menu is larger than most places, featuring salads, sandwiches, and burgers in addition to breakfast picks. The Golden Pony is a great choice if you and your friends can’t decide between breakfast and lunch.
4. The Artful Dodger
The Artful Dodger labels themselves a coffeehouse & cocktail lounge, if that doesn’t scream “we have it all” then I don’t know what does. This place really does it all, from great coffee, to drag shows and concerts, to crazy cheap happy hour specials, to great food. The Artful Dodger’s brunch menu surely follows suit. This is another one with a large menu, and a fun and cozy atmosphere.
Let’s not forget the most important brunch spot for JMU students. E-Hall is not just for on-campus dwellers, and if you live off campus and haven’t been in a while it is certainly worth the trip. JMU is ranked the #6 College in the nation for best food. This is big. E-Hall offers great options for breakfast, lunch, and dessert all at the same time, and has options for those with dietary needs. So take advantage of JMU’s good food while you have the chance, and grab and apple or banana on the way out, just because you can.
6. Late Night Breakfast
The final place you should catch brunch at is UPB’s Late Night Breakfast! Who doesn’t love a midnight snack that consists of tater tots and bacon? Every second Thursday of each month, head over to Festival from 10p-12a fro a FREE breakfast, no punch required! Have a blast by dancing to your favorite songs, jumpin’ around in an inflatable or making a craft for your BFF. While you’re there, you can check out other awesome events UPB puts on along with LNB!
Written by Spirit and Traditions Committee Member Alex Fairchild