Here's an overview of the deleted scenes as they appear on the recently released Criterion edition of The Breakfast Club.
First of all, about half of the scenes included are actually in the movie as we know it, but appear here in alternate takes.
Some notable scenes that were cut include an extended conversation between Carl the janitor and the five teens. The 'I-am-the-eyes-and-ears-of-this-institution' talk runs several minutes longer in which Carl predicts the future of all five teens.. and he does it in such a manner that makes even John Bender blush. There's more foul language in this scene than in the rest of the movie (and may possibly have been the reason it ended up on the cutting room floor).
There's also more interplay between Carl and Vernon in one deleted- and one extended scene.
Several of the deleted scenes involving the teens include a bathroom scene where Claire tries to connect with Allison (to no avail).
Another scene has Allison breaking in to a teacher's locker where she comes across a copy of Prince's 1999 (1982) album.. and then says to Andrew : ,..You know what this means ? .. They are human !..'
A very funny scene is where the teens are going through the hallways of the school, and need to sneak by an open door to get past a room where Vernon is standing to get a drink from the soda machine. John goes first, while Claire, Andrew and Brian are a bit more reluctant. Allison goes last, and without a care in the world she keeps standing in the doorway, looking at Vernon and raising her middlefinger towards him. Claire reacts to John, Andrew and Brian : ,..She is nuts, but she is cool..'
In the movie as we know it, it was only John who gave an example of how things went down at his home (the paint-in-the-garage scene). In the deleted scenes we see that also Brian and more importantly Claire did the same, with Claire clearly confessing that her mother is indeed an alcoholic. This is important because later on, in an argument between Claire and John (as featured in the original movie), John comes back to this, and says : ,..So you just stick to the things you know : Shopping, nail polish, your father's BMW, and your poor rich drunk mother in The Caribean..' So, he wasn't really implying Claire's mother was an alcoholic, he just used against her what Claire already confessed herself. It does make the argument scene a bit more powerful in my opinion, so i wonder why they decided to cut it.
I thought i'd let you all know what the deleted scenes were all about, because i can perfectly understand not everone is willing to buy yet another copy of The Breakfast Club, as there have already been several dvd editions, a blu-ray (with a VC-1 encoded transfer), and a 30th anniversary blu-ray (with an upgraded AVC encoded transfer, the same as featured on the Criterion disc).
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Awesome write up and thanks for posting that. Really interesting. It would be cool to see these scenes. Definitely gives more back story to the movie as we know it.
On a side note, how did the Criterion Brothers get in to the dvd game? They've come a long way from excavating mortal remains.
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Yeah I already upgraded from the first UK Blu Ray release to the later 30th Anniversary edition Blu Ray and though I've yet to check it out I have heard that there's quite a big improvement in picture quality.
They actually showed this recently at my local flicks as part of there 4k retro weekend but I missed out on it!
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