The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club quotes

43 total quotes (ID: 96)

Brian Johnson
John Bender
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Dear Mr. Vernon: We accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it is we did wrong. But we think you're crazy for making us write an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us: in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain, and an athlete, a basket case, a princess, and a criminal. Does that answer your question? Sincerely yours, The Breakfast Club.


Vernon: Well, well. Here we are. I want to congratulate you for being on time.
Claire: Excuse me, sir? I think there's been a mistake. I know it's detention, but...um...I don't think I belong in here.
Vernon: It is now seven-oh-six. You have exactly eight hours and fifty-four minutes to think about why you're here. To ponder the error of your ways. [John spits a loogie in the air and apparently catches it in his mouth.] You may not talk. [Brian starts to move to a different seat.] You will not move from these seats. [And he sits back down.] And you... [pulls the chair out from under John's feet] ...will not sleep. All right people, we're gonna try something a little different today. We are going to write an essay...of no less than a thousand words describing to me who you think you are.
Bender: Is this a test?
Vernon: And when I say essay...I mean essay. I do not mean a single word repeated a thousand times. Is that clear Mr. Bender?
Bender: Crystal.
Vernon: Good. Maybe you'll learn a little something about yourself. Maybe you'll even decide whether or not you care to return.
Brian: You know, I can answer that right now sir. That'd be "No", no for me. 'Cause--
Vernon: Sit down, Johnson.
Brian: Thank you, sir.
Vernon: My office is right across that hall. Any monkey business is ill-advised. Any questions?
Bender: Yeah. I got a question. Does Barry Manilow know you raid his wardrobe?
Vernon: I'll give you the answer to that question, Mr. Bender, next Saturday. Don't mess with the bull young man, you'll get the horns.

Vernon: All right girls, that's 30 minutes for lunch.
Andrew: Here? Well I think the cafeteria would be a more suitable place for us to eat lunch in, sir.
Vernon: Well I don't care what you think Andrew.
Bender: Uh, Dick? Excuse me, Rich? Will milk be made available to us?
Andrew: We're extremely thirsty, sir.
Claire: I have a really low tolerance for dehydration.
Andrew: I've seen her dehydrate sir. It's pretty gross.
Bender: Relax, I'll get it.
Vernon: Uh-Uh-Uh...Grab some wood there bub. What do you think I was born yesterday? You think I'm going to have you roaming these halls? [to Andrew] You. [Andrew motions to Claire, but Vernon points to Allison] And you. Hey! What's her name? Wake her. Wake her up. Hey! Come on, on your feet 'Missy,' let's go! This is no rest home. There's a soft drink machine in the teacher's lounge. Let's go!

Andrew: Look, just because you live in here doesn't give you the right to be a pain in the ass, so knock it off!
Bender: It's a free country.
Claire: He's just doing it to get a rise out of you. Just ignore him.
Bender: [to Claire] Sweets...you couldn't ignore me if you tried!
Bender: So...so! Are you guys like boyfriend/girlfriend? Steady dates? Lo-vers?. Come on Sporto, level with me. Do you slip her the hot-beef-injection?
Claire: Go to hell!
Andrew: Enough!

Vernon: That's the last time, Bender. That's the last time you ever make me look bad in front of those kids, do you hear me? I make $31,000 dollars a year and I have a home and I'm not about to throw it away on some punk like you, but someday, man, someday. When you're outta here and you've forgotten all about this place, and they've forgotten all about you and you're wrapped up in your own pathetic life, I'm gonna be there. That's right. And I'm gonna kick the living shit out of you, man, I'm gonna knock your dick in the dirt!
Bender: Are you threatening me?
Vernon: What're you gonna do about it? You think anybody's gonna believe you? You think anybody's gonna take your word over mine? I'm a man of respect around here. They love me around here, I'm a swell guy; you're a lying sack of shit! And everybody knows it. Oh, you're a real tough guy--come on, come on, get on your feet, pal! Let's find out how tough you are! I wanna know right now how tough you are! Come on! I'll give you the first punch, let's go! Come on, right here, just take the first shot! Please, I'm begging you, take a shot! Come on, just take one shot, that's all I need, just one swing... [Bender just sits there staring at Vernon. Vernon fakes a punch and Bender flinches.] That's what I though...you're a gutless turd!

Vernon: Mr. Wiseguy here has taken it upon himself to go to the gymnasium. I'm sorry to inform you, you're going to be without his services for the rest of the day.
Bender: B-O-O H-O-O.
Vernon: Everything's a big joke, huh Bender? The false alarm you pulled, Friday, false alarms are really funny, aren't they? What if your home, what if your family--what if your dope was on fire?
Bender: Impossible, sir; it's in Johnson's underwear.
[Andrew laughs.]
Vernon: You think he's funny? You think this is cute? You think he's bitchin', is that it? Lemme tell you something. Look at him, he's a bum. You wanna see something funny? You go visit John Bender in five years! You'll see how goddamn funny he is! What's the matter, John? You gonna cry? Let's go...
[Vernon grabs Bender's shoulder.]
Bender: Hey, keep your ****in' hands off me! I expect better manners from you, Dick!

Title Card: "...and these children that you spit on, as they try to change their worlds are immune to your consultations. They're quite aware of what they're going through..." - David Bowie

Andrew: You know, Bender, you don't even count. I mean if you disappeared forever it wouldn't make any difference. You may as well not even exist at this school.
[John looks distraught for a second, but shakes it off.]
Bender: Well, I'll just run right out and join the wrestling team.
[Andrew and Claire laugh]
Bender: Maybe the prep club too! Student council...
Andrew: Nah, they wouldn't take you.
Bender: I'm hurt.
Claire: You know why guys like you knock everything...
Bender: Oh, this should be stunning.
Claire: It's 'cause you're afraid.
Bender: Oh, God! You richies are so smart, that's exactly why I'm not heavy in activities!
Claire: You're a big coward.
Brian: I'm in the math club.
Claire: See you're afraid that they won't take you. You don't belong, so you just have to dump all over it.
Bender: Well, it wouldn't have anything to do with you activities people being assholes...now would it?
Claire: Well you wouldn't know; you don't even know any of us.
Bender: Well, I don't know any lepers either, but I'm not gonna run out and join one of their ****ing clubs.

Richard Vernon: [reading from the confidential files] Mr....oh Mr. Tierney. A history of slight mental illness. No wonder he's so ****ed up.

Andrew: Leave her alone. I said leave her alone!
Bender: You gonna make me?
Andrew: Yeah.
Bender: You and how many of your friends?
Andrew: Just me, just you and me. Two hits. Me hitting you, you hitting the floor! Anytime you're ready, pal!
[John lightly pushes Andrew, but Andrew catches his hand and forces John to the ground.]
Bender: I don't wanna get into to this with you, man.
Andrew: (letting John go and rising up) Why not?
Bender: (getting up as well) 'Cause I'd kill you. It's real simple. I'd kill you and your ****ing parents would sue me and it would be a big mess and I don't care enough about you to bother.
Andrew: Chicken shit...
[Bender takes out a switchblade and stabs it into a chair.]
Andrew: Let's end this right now. You don't talk to her, you don't look at her [Meanwhile, Allison steals the switchblade.] and you don't even think about her! You understand me?
Bender: I'm trying to help her.

Andrew: My God, are we gonna be like our parents?
Claire: (teary) Not me...ever
Allison: It's unavoidable, it just happens.
Claire: What happens?
Allison: When you grow up, your heart dies.

[Andrew and Allison are walking down the hall to the teacher's lounge.] Andrew: So...what's your poison? [Allison doesn't respond.] What do you drink? [No response again.] Okay...forget I asked.
Allison: Vodka.
Andrew: Vodka. When do you drink Vodka?
Allison: Whenever.
Andrew: Do you drink it a lot?
Allison: Tons.
Andrew: Is that why you're here today? Why are you here--
Allison: Why are you here?
Andrew: I'm...here because my coach and my old man don't want me to blow my ride. You see, the coach thinks I'm a winner. My old man thinks I'm a winner. I'm not a winner 'cause I wanna be a winner. I'm a winner 'cause I have strength and speed, kinda like a race horse. Shows you how involved I am in everything that's happening to me.
Allison: Yeah? That's very...interesting. Now, why don't you tell me why you're really in here.
Andrew: Forget it.

Bender: Oh, shit! What're we s'posed to do if we hafta take a piss?
Claire: Please.
Bender: If you gotta go, [unzips fly] you gotta go!
Claire: Oh my God!
Andrew: Hey, you're not urinating in here man!
Bender: Don't talk, don't talk. It makes it crawl back up.
Andrew: You whip it out and you're dead before the first drop hits the floor!
Bender: You're pretty sexy when you get angry...grrr!

Claire Standish: [to her father] I can't believe you can't get me out of this. I mean it's so absurd I have to be here on a Saturday! It's not like I'm a defective or anything.

Bender: What's that?
Claire: Sushi.
Bender: Sushi?
Claire: Rice, uh, raw fish and seaweed.
Bender: You won't accept a guy's tongue in your mouth and you're gonna eat that?
Claire: Can I eat?
Bender: I don't know...give it a try.