15 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘The Breakfast Club’

Of all the movies to come out of the ’80s, The Breakfast Club has proven to stand the test of time. Featuring key members of the “brat pack,” it’s an unforgettable film following the bonding and misadventures of a motley crew of high school kids stuck in a day of detention. While we all learned valuable life lessons from the characters, there are 15 things you probably didn’t know about this must-see movie.

1. The movie was originally going to be called The Lunch Bunch.
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2. The movie’s title was a nickname for detention created by students and staff at New Trier High School, where the son of director John Hughes’ friend attended.
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3. The movie was written in two days and shot in sequence.
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4. John Hughes used the exterior of his high school Glenbrook North for external shots. The same high school was used for the exterior shots in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
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5. Speaking of John, he makes a cameo as Brian’s dad who picks him up at the end of the movie.
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6. Anthony Michael Hall went through a massive growth spurt, growing more than 2 inches over the course of filming.
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7. Nicholas Cage was considered for the role of John Bender, but didn’t get it for lack of “innate coolness” the casting directors found in Judd Nelson.
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8. The switchblade Judd brandishes in the movie was his own. He carried it “for protection purposes.”
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9. Judd was almost fired for being rude and incessantly picking on Molly Ringwald.
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10. Molly was originally gunning for the role of Allison played by Ally Sheedy.
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11. Speaking of Ally, her character’s dandruff was Parmesan cheese.
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12. Ally’s nickname for Anthony Michael Hall was ‘Milk and Cookies’ because she thought he was so sweet.
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13. Molly and Anthony were only 17 at time of filming and only allowed to work 4 hour days.
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14. Rick Moranis was cast as the janitor, but dropped out due to creative differences with the film’s producers.
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15. Post filming, all the actors received a piece of the library banister as a souvenir.
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