30 years ago today ‘The Breakfast Club’ met and had detention

Posted at 5:58 PM, Mar 24, 2014
and last updated 2014-03-24 18:47:38-04

FICTITIOUS SUBURB, Ill. (WTVR) –Although director John Hughes’ coming of age flick was released in 1985, the events in the movie take place on Saturday, March 24, 1984.

The movie starts with a David Bowie quote on a title card that shatters to reveal the exterior of a building.

  "...and these children that you spit on,
            as they try to change their worlds are
           immune to your consultations.  They're
         quite aware of what they're going through...
                                        - David Bowie"

Brian “the brain” tells the audience through a monologue that it’s Saturday, March 24, 1984 at Shermer High School, in Shermer, Illinois — zip code 60062.

It appears to be a fictitious suburb, and Google maps places a marker in  Northbrook, Ill. for that zip code.

It’s considered one of the greatest high school films and centers around five kids from different cliques reaching a point of bizarre solidarity as they suffer through a Saturday detention.

The Hollywood movie synopsis: “The athlete, the brain, the criminal, the princess and the basket case break through the social barriers of high school during Saturday detention.”

Based on IMDB trivia, the ages of everyone in the principle cast at the time of filming are: Judd Nelson, 26, Molly Ringwald, 17, Emilio Estevez, 23, Anthony Michael Hall, 17 and Ally Sheedy, 23 (Other trivia: John Cusack was originally cast in Nelson’s role of John Bender).

And while it’s a film that has stood the test of three decades, those of us who remember it so fondly could easily have kids of our own.

So is it time for a remake? Or shall it remain untouched?

And if there is a remake, should the punchline to Bender’s joke finally be revealed?


A naked blond walks into a bar, with a poodle under one arm and a two foot salami under the other. She lays the poodle on the table. Bartender says: “I suppose you won’t be needing a drink.” The naked lady says…

And then the ceiling tile collapsed — joke never answered.

If you’re a fan of the movie, here are some of the best quotes.

John Bender: Eat… My… Shorts.

Brian Johnson: That’s seven including when we first came in and you asked Mr. Vernon whether Barry Manilow knew that he raided his closet.

Andrew Clark: We’re all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that’s all.

Andrew: What do you need a fake I.D. for?

Brian: So I can vote.

Andrew: I taped Larry Lester’s buns together.

Claire: You know, you look a lot better without all that black shit under your eyes.

Allison Reynolds: Hey, I like all that black shit… Why are you being so nice to me?

Claire: Because you’re letting me.

John Bender: Sweets. You couldn’t ignore me if you tried. So… so. Are you guys like boyfriend-girlfriend? Steady dates? Lovers? Come on, sporto, level with me. Do you slip her the hot beef injection?