On February 15, 1985 “The Breakfast Club,” considered one of the greatest high school films to be made, was released. The coming-of-age film, written and directed by famed director John Hughes, follows a group of teenagers from different cliques who discover they have more in common than what meets the eye after serving Saturday afternoon detention.
The film was critically acclaimed, often being referred to as the “quintessential 80’s movie.” Besides being critically acclaimed, the film was a box office success. With a $1 million budget, the film grossed over $50 million during its box office run.
The soundtrack itself achieved fame as well, with the leading single, “Don’t You Forget About Me” by Simple Minds,” becoming a pop culture staple and reaching the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1985 (with the soundtrack as a whole peaking at number 17).
“Don’t You Forget About Me” by Simple Minds:
The film starred Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, and Ally Sheedy. Due to the popularity of the film, the five main actors have commonly been referred to as the “Brat Pack.”