The Breakfast Club

Other mistake: When Andrew does his run around the second floor of the library he passes by a state flag with a confederate emblem on it. The film is supposed to take place in Illinois, that state was part of the Union, not the Confederacy.


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Suggested correction: This isn't a mistake. It was the Georgia State flag. But the library has several different flags that we see, so it would make sense the library simply had all the State flags hanging around. Not to mention this was filmed in an actual Illinois high school.


Continuity mistake: After Molly Ringwald does her trick, she puts the lipstick away twice. It has a shot of her putting it away from the front and then another one from the back.

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Continuity mistake: When Vernon is looking in the basement files and Carl walks in, the card in the drawer label holder is tilted and it stays this way for a few shots. When Vernon claims it's a highly sensitive area, the card is now straight, but in the shot after that it is tilted again.

Continuity mistake: When Bender takes the screw out of the door, the chair that Vernon tries to use to keep the door open is not there when he walks in. When he goes to use it, however, it is right next to him.

Continuity mistake: The scene where Bender and Vernon are in the closet, Vernon tells John to take a swing at him and points to his chin. Now in the frontal view he is pointing to his chin with his right hand, but from the back view it shows him pointing with his left hand, then it goes back to the front with him pointing with his right.

Continuity mistake: When Judd Nelson enters the library, he walks up to Brian's table and motions to him with his hand to move to another table. He uses his left hand, but when the camera-angle changes and shoots Judd Nelson from behind, he is suddenly pointing with his right hand.

Continuity mistake: When Bender is escaping through the ceiling, his wallet chain is seen on his left side. That is where it is throughout the whole movie. Except when he's crawling back to the little room through the ceiling, it is seen on his right side.

Continuity mistake: When Claire is dancing on the staircase, the giant wall clock behind her shows a little past 3:30. However, in the next shot when Bender is riding the sculpture the clock now reads before 2:30.

Revealing mistake: When Vernon is mad about the door to the library being closed and is trying to find a way to keep it open, at the bottom of the door there is a door stopper that would be able to keep the door open. (00:16:00 - 00:19:00)

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Continuity mistake: As Bender and Vernon go back and forth about Saturdays, Bender's hair goes from down and slightly in front of his right eye to back and exposing his face.

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Continuity mistake: After the whistling scene, Bender is holding a pencil. When Andrew is talking you can see Bender in the background playing with the pencil. The camera cuts back and forth between him and Bender throughout the scene. But when the camera zooms in on Bender when he's talking, he has nothing in his hands.

Continuity mistake: When Bender tosses the crumpled sheet of paper between Claire and Andrew, his right arm is fully extended into the air at first. But by the next shot he's seen tossing it with his elbow resting on the desk instead. (00:09:45)


Continuity mistake: When Vernon walks over to place a pencil and paper on Allison's desk, the number of pencils in his hand switches from several to just one in between shots. (00:06:50)


Continuity mistake: Throughout the movie, Bender is wearing a lightning bolt earring in his left ear. However, at the end of the movie when Claire gives him her diamond stud, and he goes to place it in his ear, the lightning bolt is gone. (00:20:15 - 01:34:08)


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Suggested correction: Bender's lightening bolt earring doesn't just vanish between shots. The fact is, Bender and Claire have been offscreen for quite some time before the closeup of Claire's hand placing her diamond stud in the palm of Bender's hand. We didn't actually see Claire removing her diamond stud, but we know that she did it, offscreen. So while Claire removed her own earring, she told Bender that she wants him to keep it, and he removed his. Viewers do not need to see every single moment onscreen.

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Andrew: We're all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that's all.

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Trivia: Director John Hughes wrote the script in two days, on July 4-5, 1982.

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Question: You can't have a gun in school, but you can put a guillotine in your locker?

Answer: It was a flare gun. I very much doubt that this is something that the faculty are aware of. Brian was obviously caught with the flare gun because it went off in his locker, whereas Bender has not been caught with the guillotine in his locker.


Answer: Well, a guillotine isn't something that goes off like a flare gun. Since teachers never check their students lockers, no-one knew that Bender had one in his.

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