ByVaria Fedko-Blake, writer at
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Varia Fedko-Blake

The Breakfast Club was the greatest coming-of-age Brat Pack movie of all time and even after thirty years, it remains the archetypal high school feature that epitomizes the experience of adolescence, something each and every one of us can relate to.

Sentenced to Saturday detention, we soon learn that there is something of the brain, the athlete, the basket case, the princess and the criminal in all of us. As they pour their hearts out to each other, smoke marijuana (substituted by oregano apparently!) and bicker unashamedly, they discover that they actually have a lot more in common that previously thought.

Yet, since the credits rolled, what have the actors been up to and what do they look like today?

Before we move on, relive the pioneering teen movie in the trailer below:

Molly Ringwald as Claire Standish

Fun Fact: Claire's entire wardrobe was specially bought from Ralph Lauren. Since, Ringwald's biggest regret from filming the movie was not asking to keep Claire's boots.

Thanks to the movie, Molly Ringwald was ranked No.1 on VH1's 100 Greatest Teen Stars list, yet having played a great number of teen sweetheart roles in the '80s, her career went downhill in the following decade. Despite appearing in some movies such as The Stand and Betsy's Wedding, she largely fell off the acting radar until her cameo in Not Another Teen Movie in 2001. She has also released a jazz album, written a novel and writes an advice column for a British newspaper.

Judd Nelson as John Bender

Fun Fact: Before Judd Nelson was cast as Bender, Nicolas Cage and John Cusack were considered for the role.

Judd Nelson was the quintessential bad boy in the movie and he somewhat remained so in his real-life. Following the movie's release, he made headlines for taking part in a bar brawl and for his volatile romance with Shannen Doherty. On the screen, he can be seen in TV series Suddenly Susan and in cameos such as in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. In 2015 however, expect to see him in many more prominent roles including in series Empire and movies This Is Happening and 1/1.

Anthony Michael Hall as Brian Johnson

Fun Fact: At the beginning of the movie, Brian is dropped off at school by his real mother and sister. At the end of the film, he is picked up by John Hughes, the director of The Breakfast Club.

In 1990, you can recognize Hall as the villain in Edward Scissorhands and as the con man in Will Smith's Six Degrees of Separation. He also continued to channel his geeky charm as Bill Gates in Pirates of Silicon Valley. Amongst quite a long string of successful movies, he also starred in The Dark Knight in 2008 and most recently, you can catch him in Oscar nominated movie Foxcatcher. Take a look at the trailer:

Emilio Estevez as Andrew Clark

Fun Fact: Estevez was originally set to play Bender but because the director could not find anyone for the role of Andrew Clark, he agreed to switch characters.

Back in the '80s, Estevez was very much the teen heartthrob and was widely known for his role in hit Stakeout. In 1992, he played a disgruntled hockey coach in The Mighty Ducks, which went on to spawn two more sequels. Most recently, his only high profile role saw him star on Two and a Half Men in 2008, opposite his brother Charlie Sheen.

Ally Sheedy as Allison Reynolds

Fun Fact: Allison's costume had to be hand-made because she was meant to wear something black and that was hard to come by in the kaleidoscope of color that was the '80s.

Ally Sheedy starred in Short Circuit following her success on The Breakfast Club. It was a movie about a sentient robot and was a big hit. Following this, her career came to a sudden standstill due to drug problems and by the beginning of the '90s, she appeared in cable soft-corn erotica series called Red Shoe Diaries.

She bounced back in 1998 in her role as a lesbian drug addict in High Art. Starring in Psych, she played a crazy killer for many years. Most recently, she appeared in James Franco's theatre production The Long Shrift. When she isn't making sporadic appearances on the screen, she teaches acting at LaGuardia High.

It's almost impossible to believe that it's already been three decades since we first met these five detention-loathing students! The Breakfast Club 30th Anniversary Edition debuts on March 10, 2015 and the celebration continues with two nights on the big screen March 26 and March 31, 2015. Go to to find a screening near you and get back that 80s feeling.

The final clip music sequence urges us to not forget and I'm pretty sure it's a given that we certainly won't be forgetting this classic movie any time soon!


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