The Breakfast Club

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The Breakfast Club is a 1985 film about five high school students from completely different backgrounds who meet in Saturday detention.

Written and directed by John Hughes.
They only met once, but it changed their lives forever. taglines


John Bender: What do you say we close that door. We can't have any kind of party with Vernon checking us out every few seconds.
Brian Johnson: Well, you know the door's supposed to stay open..
John Bender: So what?
Andrew Clark: So why don't you just shut up! There's four other people in here you know.
John Bender: God, you can count. See! I knew you had to be smart to be a... a wrestler.
Andrew Clark: Who the hell are you to judge anybody anyway?
Claire Standish: Really...
Andrew Clark: You know, Bender, you don't even count. I mean if you disappeared forever it wouldn't make any difference. You may as well not even exist at this school.
John Bender: Well, I'll just run right out and join the wrestling team. Maybe the prep club too! Student council...
Andrew Clark: No, they wouldn't take you.
John Bender: I'm hurt.
Claire Standish: You know why guys like you knock everything...
John Bender: Oh, this should be stunning.
Claire Standish: It's 'cause you're afraid.
John Bender: Oh, God! You richies are so smart, that's exactly why I'm not heavy in activities!
Claire Standish: You're a big coward.
Brian Johnson: I'm in the math club.
Claire Standish: See you're afraid that they won't take you. You don't belong, so you just have to dump all over it.
John Bender: Well, it wouldn't have anything to do with you activities people being would it?
Claire Standish: Well you wouldn't know; you don't even know any of us.
John Bender: Well, I don't know any lepers either, but I'm not gonna run out and join one of their fucking clubs.

Andrew Clark: Look, you guys keep up your talking and Vernon's gonna come right in here. I got a meet this Saturday and I'm not gonna miss it on account of you boneheads.
John Bender: Oh and wouldn't that be a bite, huh? Missing a whole wrestling meet!
Andrew Clark: Well you wouldn't know anything about it, faggot! You never competed in your whole life!
John Bender: Oh, I know. I feel all empty inside because of it. I have such a deep admiration for guys that roll around on the floor with other guys.
Andrew Clark: Ahhh, you'd never make it. You don't have any goals.
John Bender: Oh, but I do!
Andrew Clark: Yeah?
John Bender: I wanna be just--like--you. I figure all I need's a lobotomy and some tights!
Brian Johnson: You wear tights?
Andrew Clark: No, I don't wear tights. I wear the required uniform.
Brian Johnson: Tights.
Andrew Clark: Shut up!

Richard Vernon: You're not fooling anyone, Bender. The next screw that falls out will be you.
John Bender: Eat my shorts.
Richard Vernon: What was that?
John Bender: Eat... My... Shorts.
Richard Vernon: You just bought yourself another Saturday.
John Bender: Ooh, I'm crushed.
Richard Vernon: You just bought one more.
John Bender: Well, I'm free the Saturday after that. Beyond that, I'm going to have to check my calendar.
Richard Vernon: Good, cause it's going to be filled! We'll keep going. You want another one? Just say the word say it. Instead of going to prison you'll come here. Are you through?
John Bender: No.
Richard Vernon: I'm doing society a favor.
John Bender: So?
Richard Vernon: That's another one right now! I've got you for the rest of your natural born life if you don't watch your step. You want another one?
John Bender: Yes.
Richard Vernon: You got it! You got another one right there! That's another one pal!
Claire Standish: Cut it out!
Richard Vernon: You through?
John Bender: Not even close, bud!
Richard Vernon: Good! You got one more right there!
John Bender: You really think I give a shit?
Richard Vernon: Another! You through?
John Bender: How many is that?
Brian Johnson: That's seven including when we first came in and you asked Mr. Vernon whether Barry Manilow knew that he raided his closet.
Richard Vernon: Now it's eight. You stay out of this.
Brian Johnson: Excuse me sir, it's seven.
Richard Vernon: Shut up, peewee!

Claire Standish: What's your name?
John Bender: What's yours?
Claire Standish: Claire.
John Bender: Ka-Laire?
Claire Standish: Claire. It's a family name!
John Bender: No. It's a fat girl's name!
Claire Standish: Well, thank you.
John Bender: You're welcome.
Claire Standish: I'm not fat!
John Bender: Well not at present but I could see you really pushing maximum density! You see, I'm not sure if you know this, but there are two kinds of fat people. There's fat people that were born to be fat, and then there's fat people that were once thin but they became fat, so when you look at them you can sort of see that thin person inside! You see, you're gonna get married, you're gonna squeeze out a few puppies and then, uh... [Claire gives him the finger] Oh, obscene finger gestures from such a pristine girl!
Claire Standish: I'm not that pristine!
John Bender: Are you a virgin? I'll bet you a million dollars that you are! Let's end the suspense! Is it gonna be... a white weddin?
Claire Standish: Why don't you just shut up ?
John Bender: Have you ever kissed a boy on the mouth? Have you ever been felt up? Over the bra, under the blouse, shoes off... hoping to God your parents don't walk in?
Claire Standish: Do you want me to puke in your mouth?
John Bender: Over the panties, no bra, blouse unbuttoned, Calvin's in a ball on the front seat past eleven on a school night?
Andrew Clark: Leave her alone!

Andrew Clark: So, what's your poison? [Allison doesn't answer] What do you drink? [Allison still doesn't answer] Okay. Forget I asked.
Allison Reynolds: Vodka!
Andrew Clark: Vodka? When do you drink vodka?
Allison Reynolds: Whenever.
Andrew Clark: A lot?
Allison Reynolds: Tons.
Andrew Clark: Is that why you're here today? Why are you here?
Allison Reynolds: Why are you here?
Andrew Clark: Um, I'm here today... because uh, because my coach and my father don't want me to blow my ride. See I get treated differently because uh, Coach thinks I'm a winner. So does my old man. I'm not a winner because I wanna be one... I'm a winner because I got strength and speed. Kinda like a race horse. That's about how involved I am in what's happening to me.
Allison Reynolds: Yeah? That's very interesting. Now why don't you tell me why you're really in here.
Andrew Clark: Forget it!

John Bender: PB & J with the crusts cut off. Well, Brian, this is a very nutritious lunch; all the food groups are represented. Did your mom marry Mr. Rogers?
Brian: Uh, no, Mr. Johnson.
Bender: Ah. Here's my impression of life at Big Bri's house, "Son?" "Yeah, Dad?" "How was your day, pal?" "Great, Dad! How's yours?" "Super! Say, how would like to go fishing this weekend?" "Great, Dad! But I got homework to do." "That's okay, son! You can do it on the boat!" "Gee!" "Dear, isn't our son swell?" "Yes, dear. Isn't life swell?" [kiss, then mimes punching]
Andrew: All right, what about your family?
Bender: My family? Oh, that's easy. "Stupid, worthless, no good, goddamned, free loading son-of-a-bitch! Retarded, big mouth, know-it-all asshole jerk!" "You forgot ugly, lazy, and disrespectful!" "Shut up, bitch! Go fix me a turkey pot pie!" "What about you, Dad?" "Fuck you!" "No, Dad, what about you?" "Fuck you!" "No, Dad, what about you?!" "Fuck you!" [mimes punching]
Brian: Is that for real?
Bender: You wanna come over some time?
Andrew: That's bullshit. It's all part of your image, I don't believe a word of it.
Bender: You don't believe me?
Andrew: No.
Bender: No?
Andrew: Did I stutter?
[John approaches Andrew and lifts his sleeve to show a burn on his arm. Claire and Andrew look away afterwards.]
Bender: Do you believe this? Huh? It's about the size of a cigar...Do I stutter? You see this is what you get in my house when you spill paint in the garage. See I don't think that I need to sit here with you fuckin' dildos anymore!

Andrew [referring to his act of taping a classmate's buttocks together]: The bizarre thing is, is that I did it for my old man...I tortured this poor kid, because I wanted him to think that I was cool. He's always going off about, you know, when he was in school...all the wild things he used to do. And I got the feeling that he was disappointed that I never cut loose on anyone, right...So, I'm...I'm sitting in the locker room, and I'm taping up my knee. And Larry's undressing a couple lockers down from me. Yeah...he's kinda...he's kinda skinny, weak. And I started thinking about my father, and his attitude about weakness. And the next thing I knew, I uh, I jumped on top of him and started wailing on him...And my friends, they just laughed and cheered me on. And afterwards, when I was sittin' in Vernon's office, all I could think about was Larry's father. And Larry havin' to go home and...and explain what happened to him. And the humiliation...fucking humiliation he must've felt. It must've been unreal...I mean, I mean, how do you apologize for something like that? There's no's all because of me and my old man. Oh God, I fucking hate him! He's like this...he's like this mindless machine that I can't even relate to anymore..."Andrew, you've got to be number one! I won't tolerate any losers in this family...Your intensity is for shit! Win. Win! WIN!!!" You son of a bitch! You know, sometimes, I wish my knee would give...and I wouldn't be able to wrestle anymore. And he could forget all about me.
Bender: I think your old man and my old man should get together and go bowling.
Brian: It's like me, you know, with my grades. Like, when I, when I step outside myself kinda, and when I, when I look in at myself you know? And I see me and I don't like what I see, I really don't.
Claire: What's wrong with you? Why don't you like yourself?
Brian: 'Cause I'm stupid...'cause I'm failing shop. See we had this assignment, to make this ceramic elephant, and um--and we had eight weeks to do it and we're s'posed ta, and it was like a lamp, and when you pull the trunk the light was s'posed to go on. My light didn't go on, I got a F on it. Never got a F in my life. When I signed up, you know, for the course I mean. I thought I was playing it real smart, you know. 'Cause I thought, I'll take shop, it'll be such an easy way to maintain my grade point average.
Bender: Why'd you think it'd be easy?
Brian: Have you seen some of the dopes that take shop?
Bender: I take shop. You must be a fuckin' idiot!
Brian: I'm a fuckin' idiot because I can't make a lamp?
Bender: No, you're a genius because you can't make a lamp.
Brian: What do you know about Trigonometry?
Bender: I could care less about Trigonometry.
Brian: Bender, did you know without Trigonometry there'd be no engineering?
Bender: Without lamps, there'd be no light.

Andrew: My God, are we gonna be like our parents?
Claire: [teary] Not me...ever
Allison: It's unavoidable, it just happens.
Claire: What happens?
Allison: When you grow up, your heart dies.

Brian: I just wanna tell each of you that I wouldn't do that...I wouldn't and I will not! 'Cause I think that's real shitty.
Claire: Your friends wouldn't mind because they look up to us.
Brian: You're so conceited, Claire. You're so conceited. You're so, like, full of yourself; why are you like that?
Claire: [teary] I'm not saying that to be conceited! I hate it! I hate having to go along with everything my friends say!
Brian: Well then why do you do it?
Claire: I don't know, I don't--you don't don't. You're not friends with the same kind of people that Andy and I are friends with! You know, you just don't understand the pressure that they can put on you!
Brian: I don't understand what? You think I don't understand pressure, Claire? Well fuck you! Fuck you! [Brian breaks down and begins to cry.] Know why I'm here today? Do you?! I'm here because Mr. Ryan found a gun in the locker.
Andrew: Why'd you have a gun in your locker?
Brian: I tried. You pull the fuckin' trunk on it and the light's s'posed to go on...and it didn't go on, I mean, I...
Andrew: What's the gun for Brian?
Brian: Just forget it.
Andrew: You brought it up, man!
Brian: I can't have an F, I can't have it and I know my parents can't have it. Even if I aced the rest of the semester, I'm still only a B. And everything's ruined for me.
Claire: Oh, Brian...
Brian: Fuck! So I considered my options, you know?
Claire: No! Killing yourself is not an option!
Brian: Well I didn't do it, did I? No, I don't think so!
Allison: It was a hand gun?
Brian: No, it was a flare gun, went off in my locker.
Andrew: Really? [starts to laugh]
Brian: It's not funny...
[Andrew tries to stop, but he continues laughing and everyone else begins to laugh.]
Brian: [laughing as well] Yes it is. Fuckin' elephant was destroyed!
Allison: You wanna know what I did to get in here? Nothing; I didn't have anything better to do.
[Everyone continues to laugh, now at Allison.]
Allison: You're laughing at me!
Andrew: No...!
Allison: Yes, you are!
[Everyone continues to laugh]

Brian Johnson: Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. What we did *was* wrong. But we think you're crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us... In the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain...
Andrew Clark: ...and an athlete...
Allison Reynolds: ...and a basket case...
Claire Standish: ...a princess...
John Bender: ...and a criminal...
Brian Johnson: Does that answer your question? Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club.
Andrew: (toys with his necklace then notices Allison walking in nervously)
Brian: (as Allison glares at him for staring) Cool!
Allison: (gives him a rare smile then whispers) Thank you!
Andrew: (walks over nervously) What happened to you?
Allison: (thinks that he doesn't like it she asks harshly) Why? Claire did it! (as he looks at her with love in his eyes she says softly) What's wrong?
Andrew: (says softly) Nothing's wrong it's're just so different! (goes to touch her cheek) You can see your face!
Allison: (gives a small smile) Is that good or bad?
Andrew: (whispers) It's good (bites his lip in embarrasment)
Allison: (goes to say something else then starts blushing)
Claire: (pulls Allison's jumper slightly) Come on
Allison: (looks slightly scared) Where are we going?
Claire: (pulls on Allison's jumper again) Come on! (they both jump off and Allison follows Claire to another room)
Allison: (as Claire is doing her eyeliner) Don't stick me in the eye!
Claire: I'm not sticking you in the eye! (as Allison moves away she shows her how to make a face and she copies it) You look so much better without all that black shit!
Allison: I like that black shit! Please. Why are you being nice to me?
Claire: Because you're letting me!


  • They only met once, but it changed their lives forever.
  • They were five total strangers, with nothing in common, meeting for the first time. A brain, a beauty, a jock, a rebel and a recluse. Before the day was over, they broke the rules. Bared their souls and touched each other in a way they never dreamed possible.
  • Five strangers with nothing in common, except each other.


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