The Breakfast Club cut content (lost scenes; 1984)
|The Breakfast Club cut content|
|Cover of the December 1999 issue of Premiere, in which the existence of the cut content was revealed.|
In a December 1999 Premiere magazine article for which the cast and crew of the 1985 cult classic The Breakfast Club were interviewed, it was revealed by late writer/director John Hughes that over an hour of content was cut from the film before its release (presumably at the request of Universal Pictures, who had previously expressed fears of the film not resonating well with audiences), with the one and only copy of the uncut version in existence (as owned by Hughes) being screened for said magazine, in what is known to be its only screening. While the complete 2½ hour cut of the film remains unseen by the public, a selection of extended and deleted scenes were detailed by Premiere in their aforementioned 1999 article, giving an insight into the elusive cut content.
Among additional sequences of Bender acting obnoxiously and Allison trying to prove herself as being more of a rebel and less of loner, are some extended versions of scenes from the final cut, such as additional dialogue from Andy's father in the opening sequence, in which, after stating "No school's going to give a scholarship to a discipline case", he follows up with "Not a white one, anyway." Another extended scene sees Allison, after claiming that she can write with her toes, actually doing so on camera; she then goes on to describe her home life, comparing her house to a museum, due to it being "very pretty and very cold." (a line which, notably, ended up being slightly modified and incorporated into Hughes' 1986 film, Ferris Bueller's Day Off).
In the scene where the bored students are seen falling asleep in detention, Allison was originally shown fantasising about what each of them were like internally, visualising Andy as a hedonistic Viking, Bender as a prison inmate, Brian as an astronaut and Claire as a bride. Another scene depicts Carl the janitor (after entering the library) predicting where each of the students will be come ten years, citing future Andy as being a district sales manager (who marries a beautiful stewardess that later becomes overweight), future Allison fruitlessly pursuing a career as a poet, future Bender as having committed suicide, future Brian being successful (but dying at the early age of 35 due to a heart attack) and future Claire as having had six facelifts and two boob jobs by the age of 40.
Additional cut content includes an extended version of the pot smoking scene, in which Brian and Claire are seen singing "All My Lovin'" by The Beatles and a new scene in which Allison breaks into the teachers' lockers using a switchblade, where she finds a copy of the Prince album 1999, remarking "You know what this means? They're human." Several other differences between the definitive and uncut versions of the film have been noted, chiefly an extended make out scene, in which not only Bender and Claire are seen kissing, but also Andy and Allison; lastly, during Hughes' small cameo as Brian's dad in the final scene (a performance which he later criticised), he was originally given the short line “Buckle up.”
Since Hughes' death in 2009, it hasn't been made entirely clear as to the fate of his 2½ hour uncut copy, although it is assumed to be in the possession of his family. As of this article's publication, none of the cut scenes have been released and it seems unlikely that the uncut version will ever receive an official release of any kind, given the amount of time that has passed since it's existence was first brought to light.
- Transcript of a Premiere magazine article, in which the 2½ hour cut's existence was revealed; Dec 1999. Last retrieved 04 Nov 2014.
- FamousFix's The Breakfast Club trivia page. Last retrieved 05 Nov 2014.