The Breakfast Club
April 28, 2015 2:23 PM   Subscribe

Hey Brilliant People! I'm wondering if anyone knows where the title for "The Breakfast Club" film came from. It's so confusing! Also, does anyone know of any scholarly research done on John Hughes' movies? Thanks so much :) Happy Spring!
posted by sunnyblues48 to Media & Arts (7 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I always thought it was just because they had to show up at 7 in the morning for detention. I.e., they got together (like a "club") at breakfast time.
posted by Joey Buttafoucault at 2:33 PM on April 28, 2015 [11 favorites]

According to IMDb: "The film's title comes from the nickname invented by students and staff for detention at New Trier High School, the school attended by the son of one of John Hughes' friends. Thus, those who were sent to detention were designated members of "The Breakfast Club". "The Breakfast Club" at that school probably took its name in turn from the title of American radio's longest running network entertainment show, broadcast from Chicago, 1933 to 1968."
posted by kinetic at 2:33 PM on April 28, 2015 [21 favorites]

Here's the Wikipedia entry on Don McNeill's Breakfast Club, the "long-run morning variety show on NBC Blue Network/ABC radio (and briefly on television) originating in Chicago, Illinois. Hosted by Don McNeill, the radio program ran from June 23, 1933 through December 27, 1968."

And here are articles on John Hughes at
posted by filthy light thief at 2:53 PM on April 28, 2015

You might also be interested in the book You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: The Brat Pack, John Hughes, and Their Impact On A Generation by Susannah Gora.
posted by bookmammal at 4:46 PM on April 28, 2015 [4 favorites]

Tiny morsel of extra info: a script was recently found in one of the lockers in the building where they shot the film, and apparently the original title was The Saturday Breakfast Club. Googling that will bring up a bunch of news articles about it.
posted by Ursula Hitler at 7:28 PM on April 28, 2015 [1 favorite]

Seconding "You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried." Excellent book, almost certainly the most comprehensive on Hughes' films.
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 9:30 PM on April 28, 2015

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