THE 80s BRAT PACK
Starring: Emilio Estevez,
Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy and Paul
Writer/Director: John Hughes
Running Time: 97 mins
High school is never the easiest time of your life but for
jock Andy (Estevez), geek Brian (Michael Hall), rebel John (Nelson), miss
popular Claire (Ringwald) and recluse Allison (Sheedy) life just got a little
harder. The five of them could be more different and who never even imagine
coming within each other's circles but as the day proceeds, they find out
they have more in common than they would think.
Starring: Rob Lowe, Demi
Moore, James Belushi, Elizabeth Perkins and George DiCenzo
Director: Edward Zwick
Running Time: 113 mins
Meeting at their favourite Chicago bar 'Mother's', Danny (Lowe)
and Debbie (Moore) share a one-night stand. They make a connection however
and decide to start something, much to the grievance of their best friends
Bernie (Belushi) and Joan (Perkins) who know this will change them. As Danny
and Debbie get closer and their relationship gets more serious, both of
them realise that they want different things.
Starring: Emilio Estevez,
Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, Mare Winningham
and Andie MacDowell
Director: Joel Schumacher
Running Time: 110 mins
Having just graduated from Georgetown University, Kirby (Estevez),
Billy (Lowe), Kevin (McCarthy), Jules (Moore), Alec (Nelson), Leslie (Sheedy)
and Wendy (Winningham) are finding it making their way after college. As
they start new jobs and start the journey into adulthood, relationships
that seemed so strong in college start to change but everything seems to
return to the way it was when they meet up at their favourite bar, Saint
When it came to naming the biggest and coolest stars of the
80s, you could get any bigger than the Brat Pack.
Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, Andrew
McCarthy, Ally Sheedy, Anthony Michael Hall and Molly Ringwald were the
superstars of the time and Hollywood knew it. Knowing they were onto box
office gold, the press named 'Brat Pack' made many films together as an
ensemble cast. Filmmakers knew if they had a collection of these young stars
in their movies, the audience would come in droves.
This was very different than the usual leading actor/actress
star approach, as the younger audience wanted to see these stars together
and have multiple story arcs to follow. These made for a very different
kind of film, ones that reflected the relationships, the fashions and the
music of the time. This DVD box set gives you three classic examples.
When it came to producing films that captured the 80s high
school experience, one writer/director was a master, John Hughes. With hits
like 'Pretty in Pink', 'Sixteen Candles', 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' and
'Weird Science', Hughes' films were what the teenage market wanted to see.
When it comes to the ultimate high school movies and one that defined the
era perfectly, you couldn't get any better than 'The Breakfast Club'.
If you forgot about the fashion and the music, this film is
still extremely relevant today. The differences in social circles are highlighted
with great skill with some wonder dialogue and acting from the excellent
ensemble cast. You have the popular girl, the geek, the jock, the rebel
and the outcast all forced to come together in detention and it is their
interaction that makes the film resonate with its target audience, making
it a classic of the time and the genre.
As the Brat Pack got older so did the stories they were involved
in and 'St. Elmo's Fire' is a classic example. Following a group of friends
that have just graduated from college, the movie deals with the first experiences
of adulthood. Getting a job, moving into their own home, changing friendships
and forging new relationships all come to bear.
Again you have multiple characters with their own story arcs
but these are now very grown up stories that allow the audience that had
grown up with these actors to see how their lives moved on after high school.
Director Joel Schumacher tries to bring the same dynamic as was so successful
for John Hughes but the lack of a coherent script and even sympathetic characters,
make this more look that substance.
As the 80s rolled on and the Brat Pack got older, their subject
matter moved on again. 'About Last Night…' deals with first serious relationships
of the mid-twenties generation. In a sexually provocative time, when money,
sex and the single life was one of parties and excesses, this movie dealt
with the pressures of relationships during that time.
Superstars Demi Moore and Rob Lowe were the leads in the
movie, but like other films made for the target audience the supporting
cast was just as important as the main characters. Elizabeth Perkins and
James Belushi provided the comedy and arguments to the film, as they see
their friends moving away from them. Director Edward Zwick shows his skill
with characters and dialogue to produce a film that is still relevant even
'The 80s Brat Pack Collection' includes two classic movies
from the group and one that is just average. Both 'The Breakfast Club' and
'About Last Night…' are great example of why the group were as popular as
they were and even 'St. Elmo's Fire', however average it is, still had the
charm and performances to show you why this group of actors were so popular.
St. Elmo's Fire
About Last Night…
'The Breakfast Club' is presented in Anamorphic Widescreen
1.75:1 with Dolby Digital 5.1 and dts soundtracks. 'St. Elmo's Fire' is
presented in Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1 with Dolby 2.0 stereo sound. 'About
Last Night…' is presented in Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1 with Dolby Digital
4.0 surround sound.
Theatrical Trailer (1.28 mins)
Watch the original trailer from the cinematic release and realise how bad
trailers were in the 80s
St. Elmo's Fire
Joel Schumacher provides a nostalgic track for his third film. Co-writing
the film, he talks about how he wanted to show Georgetown and the emerging
yuppie culture of the time. He also reveals how he went about casting the
picture and wanting to create an honest and frank look at young people of
the 80s and the pressured they faced to succeed. This was considered shocking
at the time. Schumacher's commentary is pretty good and worth a listen for
any fans of the film and the actors.
The cinematic trailers for 'About Last Night…' and 'Mortal Thoughts'
Read text profiles for 'Joel Schumacher (Director)', 'Emilio Estevez', 'Rob
Lowe', 'Demi Moore', 'Ally Sheedy' and 'Judd Nelson'
About Last Night…
Watch the cinematic trailers for 'About Last Night…' and 'Mortal Thoughts'
Read text profiles for 'Rob Lowe', 'Demi Moore', 'James Belushi' and 'Edward
With only 'St. Elmo's Fire' having a commentary track, the
lack of real extras for all of the films seems like a wasted opportunity.
It would have been great to have seen the stars of the films talking about
their roles and the impact of the Brat Pack. Fans will be very disappointed.
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