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Early ‘Breakfast Club’ screenplay found in Illinois school

Stars of the movie "The Breakfast Club. " The five principal actors in the film (Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson and Ally Sheedy)
Stars of the movie "The Breakfast Club. " The five principal actors in the film (Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson and Ally Sheedy) Universal Pictures

An original screenplay of the ’80s cult classic, “The Breakfast Club,” was found recently in an Illinois school cabinet.

And believe it or not, there’s a loose Charlotte connection.

The Pioneer Press in Illinois reports the screenplay, uncovered as staff were moving to new offices, was sent in 1984 to then-Maine Township School District 207 Superintendent John Murphy for review.

The Breakfast Club, about five high school students with nothing in common who meet in detention, was filmed at an old district school, Maine North High School in Des Plaines, Ill. This year marks the 30th anniversary of its release.

Many longtime Charlotteans may recognize Murphy’s name. He served as Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ superintendent from 1991 to 1996. Murphy died in 2011.

The John Hughes film helped make stars of Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson and Ally Sheedy.

Ken Wallace, the current District 207 superintendent, told the Pioneer Press that he hopes the “Breakfast Club” screenplay can be preserved.

Read the full story from the Pioneer Press at http://trib.in/1aS6pGK.

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