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Hall and Ringwald were both just 16 when the movie was made, while Estevez and Sheedy were 22, and Nelson a positively geriatric 25.Their fame peaked around this time, with Estevez, Sheedy and Nelson also appearing in Joel Schumacher's hit teen flick St. But then, disaster, in the form of a New York Magazine story called "Hollywood's Brat Pack", in which writer David Blum tagged along for a night out with Estevez, Nelson and Rob Lowe.
On Monday, September 20, The Paris Theater in New York City filled to standing-room only for a 25th-anniversary screening of the seminal teen classic 'The Breakfast Club.' The event, organized by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, celebrated not just the 1985 hit, but the life of writer-director John Hughes, who passed away last August at the age of 59.The story made laughing stocks of the trio and their wider clique, which also included Sheedy, Ringwald, Hall, James Spader, Demi Moore, Kevin Bacon, Matthew Broderick and Sean Penn.Subsequent media stories gleefully compounded the mythology, conjuring images of wealthy young Brat Packers ricocheting around LA in vain little clumps, partying their arses off, pausing only to fall in love with one another - Hall and Ringwald dated, Estevez and Moore were engaged - though their first love was always themselves.Now 51, the son of actor Martin Sheen and brother of "tiger blood"-fuelled Charlie, Emilio Estevez was once tipped to become his generation's Robert De Niro, but somehow settled for Rob Schneider.His best role outside The Breakfast Club was that of the young punk Otto in Repo Man, made the previous year.By the late '80s, many of the Brat Packers were on the skids, their careers derailed by drugs, booze, public indifference or, in Lowe's case, a sex tape. "Many believe they could have gone on to more serious roles if not for that article," writes Brat Pack biographer Susannah Gora in her 2010 book, You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried.
"They were talented, but they had professional and personal difficulties after that." Whatever the reason, the core cast of The Breakfast Club failed to set the world on fire in the decades that followed.
Hall later landed a few good roles in Edward Scissorhands, Six Degrees of Separation and sci-fi series The Dead Zone before sliding down into that murky world of unfunny comedies featuring rapper Ice Cube.
More recently, there have been terrible records by his rock band Hall Of Mirrors and arrests for biting his ex-girlfriend and harassing his neighbours, but The Breakfast Club's "neo-maxi-zoom-dweebie" nonetheless retains a special place in the hearts of teen-flick connoisseurs - a fact given sly acknowledgement in the 2001 John Hughes spoof Not Another Teen Movie, in which a high school cafeteria is called the "Anthony Michael Dining Hall".
After the screening, the audience was treated to a special 90-minute Q&A with four of its stars: Judd Nelson ("Bender"), Anthony Michael Hall ("Brian"), Molly Ringwald ("Claire") and Ally Sheedy ("Allison").
Notably absent was the other main cast member, Emilio Estevez, who Ringwald joked was "the Greta Garbo of the Brat Pack -- he just wants to be left alone." The night was moderated by noted Hughes fan Kevin Smith, who declared, "I saw this movie when I was 14 years old, and from that moment on, I wanted to join the Breakfast Club. Tonight only, I'm standing in for the jock." Also, in attendance for the evening were Hughes' two sons, James and John Jr., as well as his wife, Nancy.
Written and directed by John Hughes, this 1985 movie remains one of the defining pop culture artefacts of its era.