19 Facts About ‘The Breakfast Club’ That You Had No Idea About

In 1985, it was a time of big hair, bright clothing, fast cars, and some classic movies. Thirty years ago, a great movie came out. A movie about 5 complete opposites who spent detention together on March 24, 1984. The classic movie is known as The Breakfast Club. A beloved movie by most, the breakfast gang tells a story of 5 students in high school spending a Saturday together in detention, learning from each other’s differences.  Although you may have seen the movie over a dozen times, I am sure you didn’t know about these interesting facts about The Breakfast Club.
19 Facts About 'The Breakfast Club' That You Had No Idea About

1. Director John Hughes wrote the script in only two days, over the July 4th weekend in 1982.

19 Facts About 'The Breakfast Club' That You Had No Idea About

2. Hughes makes a cameo appearance as Brian’s father at the end of the film.

19 Facts About 'The Breakfast Club' That You Had No Idea About

3. Brian’s license plate reads “EMC 2” and Andrew’s reads “OHIOST”. This is to go along with their nerd and jock appearances.

19 Facts About 'The Breakfast Club' That You Had No Idea About

4. As a student, Carl The Janitor was Shermer High’s ‘Man of the Year.’

19 Facts About 'The Breakfast Club' That You Had No Idea About

5. Allison’s dandruff, which she sprinkles to “make it snow,” was made of Parmesan cheese.

19 Facts About 'The Breakfast Club' That You Had No Idea About

6. The movie was initially supposed to be the start of a franchise where new movies would check in on the characters.

19 Facts About 'The Breakfast Club' That You Had No Idea About

7. Director John Hughes actually went to school at Shermer High.

19 Facts About 'The Breakfast Club' That You Had No Idea About

8. Anthony Michael Hall’s real mother and sister appear as his character’s mother and sister in the beginning of the film.

19 Facts About 'The Breakfast Club' That You Had No Idea About

9. Simple Minds’ “Don’t You (Forget About Me),” which was written specifically for the film, was the band’s only number-one hit.

19 Facts About 'The Breakfast Club' That You Had No Idea About

10. Judd Nelson’s constant off-screen bullying of Molly Ringwald nearly got him fired by John Hughes. Nelson argued that it was to help him stay in character.

19 Facts About 'The Breakfast Club' That You Had No Idea About

11. Judd Nelson, who was 26 when filming the movie, was the oldest actor out of the five.

19 Facts About 'The Breakfast Club' That You Had No Idea About

12. The marijuana the kids smoked in the film was actually oregano.

19 Facts About 'The Breakfast Club' That You Had No Idea About

13. Claire’s BMW was owned by director John Hughes.

19 Facts About 'The Breakfast Club' That You Had No Idea About

14. Ally Sheedy suggested the film’s epigram, a quote from David Bowie’s “Changes.”

19 Facts About 'The Breakfast Club' That You Had No Idea About

15. During the opening, there is graffiti that reads, “I don’t like Mondays.” This is a reference to 16-year-old Brenda Spencer, who gave that as the explanation for the school shooting she committed in 1979.

19 Facts About 'The Breakfast Club' That You Had No Idea About

16. Nelson’s ad-libbed dirty joke — “A naked blonde walks into a bar, carrying a poodle under one arm and a six-foot salami under the other…” — has no punchline. Reddit users have tried hard to come up with an accurate ending to the joke though.

19 Facts About 'The Breakfast Club' That You Had No Idea About

17. Claire’s outfit was purchased in its entirety from Chicago’s only Ralph Lauren store.

19 Facts About 'The Breakfast Club' That You Had No Idea About

18. As an end-of-filming gift, Hughes gave each actor a piece of the “library’s” banister.

19 Facts About 'The Breakfast Club' That You Had No Idea About

19. This famous tell-all scene was 100% ad-libbed.

This beloved film is still a fan favorite. It shows up on lists today as one of the greatest movies during that era. Putting together 5 polar opposites in a detention hall, where they learn and grow from each other, I don’t think there is another movie like it. And this year this incredible film turns 34 years old. What are your thoughts?

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