John Hughes's teen angst classic "The Breakfast Club" may have been released in 1985, but it's today, March 24, that marks the 30th anniversary of the date the group first met, during Saturday detention in 1984 at Shermer High.
The fivesome at the heart of the film -- a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess, and a criminal -- were thrown together for an afternoon that starts off hostile and winds up being seriously therapeutic, as they slowly learn to understand each other and realize that those stereotypes don't really define them. Plus, there's dancing in the library.
"The Breakfast Club" is easily one of the most beloved films of the '80s, with its cast -- Anthony Michael Hall, Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy, Molly Ringwald, and Judd Nelson -- and its soundtrack -- featuring the Simple Minds anthem "Don't You (Forget About Me)" -- still standing as iconic symbols of the decade. As the film's tagline noted, "They only met once, but it changed their lives forever."
Thirty years later, our lives have been changed, too. We won't forget about "The Breakfast Club" anytime soon.
[via The A.V. Club] Photo courtesy Universal