They were five teenage students with nothing in common, faced with spending a Saturday detention together in their High School library. At 7am, they had nothing to say, but by 4pm, they had bared their souls to each other and become good friends. To the outside world they were simply the Jock, the Brain, the Criminal, the Princess, and the Kook, but to each other, they would always be The Breakfast Club.
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Being a John Hughes film there's only one place this coule be filmed, Illinois.
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Address: Illinois State Police Station, 9511 Harrison St, Des Plaines, Illinois, USA
Maine North High School was closed for 2 years before John Hughes stepped in and used it as a filming location for The Breakfast Club. The Gym inside was converted into the Library seen in the film and the front entrance was seen at the beginning of the movie when the kids get dropped off for detention.
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Address: Glenbrook North High School, 2300 Shermer Road, Northbrook, Illinois, USA
At the end of the movie with Don't You (Forget About Me) by Simply Minds playing in the background we see Judd Nelson walking across the football field and punching the air. Must be one hell of a walk home as that football field is about 7 miles from the school where the detention was! Glenbrook North High School is not only home to the football field, but also the array of locker shots used at the beginning of the movie.