Thirty years on, stars revel in 'The Breakfast Club' legacy

Mon Mar 16, 2015 9:16pm EDT
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By Alicia Powell

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Thirty years after five misfits entered high school detention and defined the archetype for the modern teen movie, actresses Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy reflected on the unexpected impact of John Hughes's "The Breakfast Club."

"Nobody's really managed to make a movie, I think, as good as what this movie was for the time," said Ringwald, who became Hollywood's teen queen after the film was released in 1985.

"Until something comes along to replace it, I think it's firmly entrenched in movie classic history," she told Reuters.

Ringwald, 47, and Sheedy, 52, reunited on Monday for a screening to celebrate the movie's 30th anniversary at the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas, where the film, technology and music worlds converge.

"The Breakfast Club" saw Ringwald play the high school princess, Sheedy the resident "basket case", Judd Nelson as the criminal burnout, Emilio Estevez as the jock and Anthony Michael Hall as the nerd, who are forced together one Saturday in high school detention.

They initially clash and then slowly bond over their underlying commonalities, and the revelation that they are not defined solely by the box they are placed in.

The Universal Pictures film grossed $38 million at the U.S. box office and became one of the biggest hits directed by Hughes.

The five actors quickly became known as the 'Brat Pack,' inspiring character types mimicked throughout the teen movie genre, from 1995's "Clueless" to 2004's "Mean Girls."   Continued...