By the time John Hughes finished filming Sixteen Candles, he was already recruiting Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall to reunite on his next film, The Breakfast Club. Hughes originally wanted Ringwald to play the role of Allison, though the “Sixteen Candles” star pushed for Claire to play instead, with Allison being played by Ally Sheedy instead (via The New York Times). Emilio Estevez and Judd Nelson joined as the other two members of the titular Teens, with many actors in the running for the role of Nelson’s Bender, including Estevez, John Cusack and Nicolas Cage.
The Breakfast Club centers on a group of five teenagers, all from different walks of life, who are in detention on Saturdays. The film describes her as “a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal”. Despite their individual conflicts and disagreements, the five eventually find each other, sharing secrets and insecurities. Meanwhile, they avoid further disciplinary action from the harsh Deputy Principal Vernon, played by Paul Gleason.
After the release of The Breakfast Club, the main cast became known in Hollywood as the Brat Pack as they continued to appear in films by Hughes and other filmmakers together. Future films like “St. Elmo’s Fire, Weird Science and Pretty in Pink would continue the cinematic legacy of Hughes’ early films, even as the director moved to more adult-oriented films like Planes, Trains, and Automobile and Uncle Buck.