5 Things You Did Not Know About The Breakfast Club

Were you a big fan of The Breakfast Club?  Well, here from A to E are 5 things you did not know about The Breakfast Club.

A) The title of the film comes from the nickname invented by students and staff for detention at New Trier High School where friends of John Hughes’ son went to school.  The school has appeared on screen in quite a few scenes including Home Alone, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and Uncle Buck.

B) The entire movie was written in two days.  John Hughes filmed The Breakfast Club completely in sequence after having the actors rehearse as if they were in a play.  The last shot of the film, of Bender walking away, was actually the last thing shot on the last day.

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C) Initially in the script there was a scene in the script where the boys sneak out and find a peeplhole into the women’s locker room where they spy on a naked Phys Ed teacher.  Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy told writer/director John Huges they felt the scene seemed gratuitous and he agreed to take it out.

D) In preparing for the role of John Bender, Judd Nelson stayed in character for the entirety of his time on set. The clothes he wore in the movie were the same as what he wore to the audition, and he even used his own switchblade.

E) The entire wardrobe worn by Claire was bought specifically for the character from a Ralph Lauren store, the only one in Chicago at the time.  John Hughes had rejected the original costume on the grounds that it wasn’t sophisticated enough.  Ringwald’s biggest regret about the film was that she didn’t keep the boots that came with the outfit.

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