"The Breakfast Club" came out in February 1985, three days before writer/director John Hughes' 34th birthday. By Hollywood standards, he was still just a kid, albeit a kid with a couple of classic comedies already on his résumé. The actors he was working with, though — like Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall and Judd Nelson — were still kids. None of these Brat Packers were older than 25, and many were still in their teens.
As Ringwald and others told MTV News at the time, it was just this like-minded connection between young filmmaker and younger actors that made "The Breakfast Club" into such an unforgettable film. In the wake of Hughes' passing on Thursday at the age of 59, we went back into our archives to hear what the Brat Pack had to say about the man who made them stars.
"I think that he really understands kids a lot because he generally really likes them," Ringwald said in '85. "He doesn't condescend or patronize kids. When I'm talking to him, I feel as though I'm on the same level. He's not above me and I'm not above him or anything, we're just the same."
By the time MTV News caught up with Hall in the summer of '85, he'd already worked on three Hughes films ("Vacation," which Hughes wrote but didn't direct, "Sixteen Candles" and "The Breakfast Club") and was busy promoting a fourth, "Weird Science." "I hadn't met him when I did 'Vacation,' so the first time I met him was on 'Sixteen Candles,' " Hall said. "I went into the office and read for him, and it just clicked between us."
Characterizing their relationship, Hall said, "I would say it's more brotherly than anything else," and then added, "It's actually quite sisterly!"
After hearing of Hughes' death, Ringwald released a statement. "I was stunned and incredibly sad to hear about the death of John Hughes," it read. "He was and will always be such an important part of my life. He will be missed — by me and by everyone that he has touched. My heart and all my thoughts are with his family now."