Don’t you forget about them! Three decades after they spent a memorable Saturday detention together, The Princess and The Basket Case reunited at Austin’s SXSW festival to watch and pay tribute to The Breakfast Club.
Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy — two of the original five Shermer High breakfasters — convened at the Paramount Theatre on Monday, March 16, for a Q&A about the ’80s cult classic, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. In honor of that milestone, the John Hughes film will be shown across the country on Thursday, March 26, and Tuesday, March 31. The anniversary edition is also now available on DVD and Blu-ray.
Screenings of the high school dramedy will include a bonus featurette with interviews and recollections from Sheedy and fellow Brat Pack members Judd Nelson (The Criminal) and Anthony Michael Hall (The Brain). They, along with Ringwald and Emilio Estevez (The Athlete), made up the now-iconic Breakfast Club: five students from different cliques who shattered stereotypes and formed an unlikely bond.
That bond has proved timeless in the decades since the movie’s 1985 release. As Ringwald marveled to Us Weekly of the film in 2010, “There’s been nothing to replace it. Until something comes along that can hold a candle to these movies, they will continue to be what they are.”
That said, she’s still surprised at the impact the story has on past and present generations of kids. “I always loved the script, and I loved the movie, but I never imagined that we would be talking about it 30 years later,” the Sixteen Candles actress (who became America’s sweetheart via three starring roles in Hughes’ teen classics) told Today co-anchor Savannah Guthrie earlier this month.
Nelson, 55, shared a similar sentiment with Guthrie just last week. “You always hope on every project that it’s special, that it will stand the test of time, but you never really know,” he said. “I’m surprised, but pleasantly.”
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