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The Breakfast Club (1985)

Emilio Estevez , Paul Gleason , John Hughes  |  R |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (853 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Emilio Estevez, Paul Gleason, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald
  • Directors: John Hughes
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: April 29, 1998
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (853 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 078322687X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,587 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Breakfast Club" on IMDb

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    They were five teenage students with nothing in common, faced with spending a Saturday detention together in their high school library. At seven a.m., they had nothing to say, but by four p.m., they had bared their souls to each other and become good friends. John Highes, creator of the critically acclaimed Sixteen Candles, wrote, directed and produced this hilarious and often touching comedy starring Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy. To the outside world they were simply the Jock, the Brain, the Criminal, the Princess and the Kook, but to each other, they would always be The Breakfast Club.

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    104 of 119 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars "Sweets, you couldn't ignore me if you tried..." September 13, 2003
    Format:DVD
    Just when you couldn't bare being in school during the week, imagine having to be forced to spend a Saturday there. That's what happens to five high school students who are forced to spend a Saturday detention together. None of them have anything in common and none of them are friends. Each is an opposite from the other. The group consists of a brain, a prom queen, a jock, a basket case and a trouble-maker. A unique and unexpected bond is formed by the five teens as the day goes on, with all sorts of different states of emotion going on for each of them. No matter happens on Monday, all five of them will always that one Saturday together; therefore, forever labeling them "The Breakfast Club."
    Not only is this a classic film, it's one of my personal favorites. I loved it when I was little and I love it now as I am in my twenties. It's so refreshing to have a brutally honest film that plays on all of your emotions as this movie does. And even though this was shot in the eighties, people can still relate to it now in 2000. This is why it is so effective and powerful.
    The movie is so memorable that you will most likely repeat every single line during each viewing. The actors do a terrific job of portraying their roles flawlessly. The script is funny and touching at the same time. Everything that is shown in the movie is crucial and significant; being that there isn't a single minute in the movie that goes wasted.
    This new DVD edition, while it may not be the most spectacular of DVDs, is a lot better than the previous version. They did an excellent job of producing a successful remastered version of the movie that looks and sounds excellent. You can even watch it in DTS; that is, if your system carries it.
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    144 of 167 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Review of the DVD transfer June 2, 2001
    Format:DVD
    There are plenty of reviews here about the movie, so there is no sense in writing another.
    This review is about the DVD. I will tell you up front that this DVD looks like a direct copy off VHS. I have seen the VHS version about 2 times this year and when the title song comes on, the audio fades in and out. Not bad, but you can definitely see some age in it. The DVD is EXACTLY the same. The sound is of no higher quality.
    There is no widescreen, just a full screen with the same picture quality as VHS. It's not horrible, but if you are the type of person who buys DVDs for the superior picture quality, you are definitely going to be unhappy with this.
    The movie itself is EXCELLENT, I love it, but the DVD transfer from VHS isn't the best.
    As for bonus features, you get bios for all of the actors. The trouble is, the information included is the same as you can find on the internet movie database (imdb) as well as fan sites. If you have read a fair amount on any of the actors and know their biography fairly well, this DVD offers nothing new.
    There are also some brief production notes about where and how this movie was done, and some quotes from the cast and crew.
    Again, if you have done any research online and gone to any fan sites or even a site dedicated to John Hughes, you will find nothing new here. No interviews, a little behind the scenes, some background detail, but in the big picture, not much else.
    Just a forewarning.
    I bought the DVD because unlike VHS tapes, a DVD CD doesn't wear out. But if you watch the VHS version, then the DVD, the quality is the same. DVD is not any better.
    So overall, EXCELLENT movie, but not a great transfer. Still, if you are a fan, definitely add it to your collection, but if you buy DVDs for the extras, you will be very disappointed with this.
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    124 of 147 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars THE Definitive Gen X Movie of All Time June 14, 2000
    Format:DVD
    If you graduated from high school in the 1980s and haven't seen this film, you must have been locked in a cave.
    John Hughes delivers the definitive nostalgic teen movie of the Generation X crowd. The cast made up the '80s "brat pack" with Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy, Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall. It's hard to believe while seeing this film that Ringwald and Hall were the only real high school aged performers... the others were in their mid to late 20s during filming.
    While modern teens may not find this as "sophisticated" as over-sexed comedies like "American Pie," anyone can appreciate true feelings, teen angst, self doubt and relationships with parents portrayed in this film.
    A group of kids sitting for 8 hours in detention on a Saturday none of them will ever forget. While there is foul language, it's about the same speed as what you can hear on "NYPD Blue" on TV. There is no nudity or sex, just raw, in your face teen angst.
    You see this group of "losers," warts and all, and become friends with all of them before the film is over. The DVD doesn't offer anything other than cast bios and subtitles... which is a disappointment. It would have been great to have had some interviews with the cast and behind the scenes footage. Nonetheless, DVD is much better than tape and definitely worth the extra $ for a non volitile format.
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    14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars DVD.....PLEASE! December 22, 1999
    By Michael
    Format:DVD
    This IS one of the greatest movies of all time, enough said about that!
    HOWEVER - The DVD is horrible. The transfer is horrible and the sound is horrible. You'd think for such a great movie the DVD would be loaded with extras - not this one, BARE BONES DUDE!
    STILL A GREAT MOVIE, just a lazy effort on DVD.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it when it first came out in the 80's
    I loved it when it first came out in the 80's, my 15 year old loves it 30 years later. The story is timeless.
    Published 14 hours ago by KarlaC
    3.0 out of 5 stars Very well portrayed simple example of highschool life
    There are very sincere moments, and then there are a few weak moments, but never anything corny.

    I enjoyed the honesty and depth of emotion that was portrayed, it was... Read more
    Published 1 day ago by Sandra
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    Published 4 days ago by L. Huerta
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    The person I got this for loved it!
    Published 6 days ago by Bashiba
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie. Only reason it's rated R is due ...
    Excellent movie. Only reason it's rated R is due to the kids smoking pot and swearing. Otherwise it's a great movie to teach kids that though different they all have problems they... Read more
    Published 8 days ago by Kristin Partin
    5.0 out of 5 stars Definate two thumbs up
    One the top 1980s films for me.....good story....great fun and laughs......definitely one to be added to any dvd collectors collection
    Published 17 days ago by Joshua W
    5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
    If you haven't seen this classic, do yourself a favor and rent/buy it. One of the better 80s staple movies.
    Published 17 days ago by Matt
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Coming of Age Film Bar None
    It's rare that a film will exude such raw and powerful emotion that is just as rooted in truth as it is in it's fiction. Read more
    Published 22 days ago by Julian Pope
    1.0 out of 5 stars Re-watch if you're nostalgic, otherwise skip
    This movie does not stand the test of time. Aside from a few funny moments, it is painfully dated and unpleasant. Very disappointing. Watch Ferris Bueller instead.
    Published 24 days ago by JD
    5.0 out of 5 stars as expected
    daughter, husband love this when they see it on TV, but somehow still only had it on VHS. they are happy to have an updated copy to watch when they want. Read more
    Published 27 days ago by mbkj13
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