‘The Breakfast Club’ cast reports for detention this day in 1984

It might not be Saturday, but it’s still the 31st anniversary of the day a criminal, a princess, an athlete, a basketcase and a brain showed up to school for all-day detention in Chicago.

On March 24, 1984, the five students who make up the angst-ridden characters in John Hughes’ “The Breakfast Club” reported to school as part of their punishment for a variety of reasons. Last year, the film celebrated its 30th anniversary at South By Southwest by screening at the Paramount featuring a Q&A with actors Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy.

Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures.

Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures.

When Ringwald was asked why the movie still resonates with audiences, she said it’s because “We are all outsiders…that everyone feels alone…But people find out in the end that they’re not alone.”

So where are the stars now that they have nowhere to report?

Ringwald, who played princess Claire, has been on the road since she released her debut jazz album, “Except Sometimes,” in 2013. There was no mention of detention on her social media today, but she did commit another act of nostalgia by sharing an old photo of herself on Facebook that resembles Gwen Stefani.

At this year’s SXSW, Sheedy, a.k.a basketcase Allison, debuted her new film, “Little Sister,” on Austin screens. The sad comedy is about a young nun who avoids contact with her family in which Sheedy plays an estranged mother named Joan.

Brian the brain, better known as Anthony Michael Hall, is set to co-star with Brad Pitt in Netflix’s forthcoming new feature “War Machine.” The film, which will be released later this year, is a satire about the U.S.-Afghanistan war.

A little more off the grid than his co-stars, Judd Nelson’s whereabouts are a bit harder to peg down. The actor, who starred as the film’s young criminal, John, has four movies in post-production, including a biographical drama piece called “Billionaire Boys Club,” co-starring Taron Egerton, Kevin Spacey and Ansel Elgort.

Lastly, there is Emilio Estevez, who took on the role of Andrew the jock. He’s made his name not only as an actor, but a director, having worked on television shows like “The Guardian,” “Cold Case” and his film “The Way.” He recently attended this year’s Sundance Film Festival where he declared his love for Cincinnati and his hopes of moving there.

In honor of the day, pop a copy of “The Breakfast Club” into the DVD player, jam out to the Simple Minds’ “Don’t You (Forget About Me),” and remember: “We’re all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that’s all.”


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