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30 years ago, 'The Breakfast Club' met up in detention

March 24, 2014 at 5:41 PM ET

Thirty years ago Monday, a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess, and a criminal met up in Saturday-morning detention at Shermer High School in Illinois.

Well, kind of. March 24, 1984, was the date given for the setting of John Hughes' 1985 classic, "The Breakfast Club," starring Anthony Michael Hall, Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy, Molly Ringwald and Judd Nelson. It wasn't Hughes' first film, nor the first film of any of the five stars, yet it had a huge influence on all of their careers, and helped popularize the term "The Brat Pack" for the young actors. In 2006, Entertainment Weekly named it the best high-school movie of all time.

The film is funny and touching, as the five students from opposing cliques join together to discover that they have more in common than they ever thought.

It's also quotable as can be. "Does Barry Manilow know you raid his wardrobe?" Nelson's John Bender asks the annoying assistant principal Mr. Vernon (the late Paul Gleason). When Hall's Brian explains physics club, Bender describes it as "demented and sad, but social." When Vernon rushes to check on a noise, Brian innocently asks, "could you describe the ruckus, sir?"

And it's also full of memorable scenes. Ringwald's Claire lunching on sushi, Sheedy's Allison making art with dandruff (reportedly Parmesan cheese), Claire applying lipstick by holding the tube in her cleavage.

While other dates given in famous movies, including those in "The Terminator" and "Back to the Future," are often Photoshopped when remembered on social media, "The Breakfast Club" detention date was indeed 30 years ago. Even star Molly Ringwald tweeted the photo of the high school, with the words, "30 years."

And three decades after that infamous Saturday, it seems that fans followed the order of the movie's famed theme song by Simple Minds: "Don't You Forget About Me." 

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