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1980s Brat Pack Movies

Who doesn’t love those 1980s coming-of-age movies starring members of the so called Hollywood Brat Pack? Many of these Brat Pack actors appeared in movies together throughout the 80s and John Hughes directed or wrote several of the movies that made them household names. Movies like Pretty in Pink and The Breakfast Club are a few of his hits. Stars like Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy, and Emilio Estevez are a few of the actors that made those movies what they are.

The name Brat Pack is a spin-off from the 1950’s and 60’s group known as the Rat Pack. Singers and actors like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. helped make up that pack. The term Brat Pack was actually coined by David Blum, a New York Magazine journalist in 1985. Not everyone can agree on which actors qualify to fall under the Brat Pack category. However, a special group of actors in the 80s made some movies that will never be forgotten. This week’s episode features ten of those movies.

In our fun facts segment, find out which popular Brat Pack actor had to wear a wig in one scene after his head was shaved for a role. Find out which movie the military operation to capture Saddam Hussein was named after. Plus you’ll hear what movie The National Coalition on Television Violence called the most violent movie ever made and gave it an X rating. All this and more in this week’s episode of Trivia Rewind. 

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Here is the transcript. Spoiler alert! Unless you’ve already listened to the episode, don’t look below because you’ll find the answers.

Debi Jenkins 0:04
Hey, welcome to Trivia Rewind. I’m Debi Jenkins, your host. In this week’s episode, it’s all about those 1980s coming-of-age films, some of which starred members of the Hollywood Brat Pack. Many of these so-called Brat Pack actors appeared in movies together throughout the 80s and director John Hughes directed or wrote several of the movies that made them household names. In our fun facts segment f ind out which popular Brat Pack actor had to wear a wig in one scene after his head was shaved for a role. Find out which movie the military operation to capture Saddam Hussein was named after. Plus, you’ll hear what movie The National Coalition on Television Violence, called the most violent movie ever made and gave it an X rating. All this and more in this week’s episode of Trivia Rewind. After this episode is over visit triviarewind.com for more information about all these great movies.

Debi Jenkins 1:10
Before we get to the questions, let’s review how Trivia Rewind works. First, I’ll ask you 10 questions. Then I’ll go back and review the questions and give you the answers plus the fun facts. Are you ready? Let’s play Trivia Rewind.

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Question one. In the 1986 movie Pretty in Pink, what is the nickname of Andie’s best friend Phil Dale?

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Question two. In the 1983 movie, The Outsiders, before Johnny dies, what phrase does he say to Ponyboy, a reference to a Robert Frost poem?

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Question three. In the 1984 movie Sixteen Candles, what is the reason Sam’s family forgets her 16th birthday?

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Question four. In the 1986 comedy Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, what kind of car does Ferris borrow from his friend Cameron ‘s father.

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Question five. What is the name of the 1983 movie that features a supercomputer known as WOPR that types out the words “Shall we play a game?”

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Question six. In the 1985 movie St. Elmo Fire, from what university were the characters recent graduates of?

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Question seven. In the 1987 film Mannequin, where are Jonathan and Emmy married at the end of the movie?

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Question eight. In the 1985 movie The Breakfast Club, which actor plays the character known as the athlete?

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Question nine. In the 1984 movie Red Dawn, a group of high school students use guerrilla warfare to fight back when the Soviets and Cubans invade their Colorado town. What do they call their group, the same name is their high school mascot?

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And question 10. In the 1985 movie Weird Science, what movie inspires Gary to create a virtual woman?

Debi Jenkins 3:40
Those were our 10 questions. Let’s go back and review and I’ll give you the answers and fun facts. Question one. In the 1986 movie Pretty in Pink, what is the nickname of Andie’s best friend Phil Dale? His nickname is Ducky. The character Andie was played by Molly Ringwald and Ducky was played by Jon Cryer. Did you know that Pretty in Pink was originally supposed to end with Andie falling for Ducky but when the movie was test screened, viewers did not like that ending. So they re-shot it to have her end up with her love interest Blaine. Watch the movie and look closely and you’ll notice Blaine is wearing a wig. After they shot the first ending, Andrew McCarthy, the actor that played Blaine, he happened to be starring in a play and had a shaved head for that role. So when they re-shot the Pretty in Pink ending, they had to put a wig on him. I’ll have to go back and check out that ending. The title Pretty in Pink comes from a song by the same name from the group The Psychedelic Furs. The movie was named for that song. In a 2013 Rolling Stone Magazine’s Top Twenty-Five Soundtracks list, the soundtrack for Pretty in Pink comes in at number 11. The soundtrack was primarily made up of new wave music from groups like Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark, The Smiths and New Order. John Hughes wrote the screenplay for Pretty in Pink.

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Question two. In the 1983 movie The Outsiders, before Johnny dies, what phrase does he say to Ponyboy, a reference to a Robert Frost poem? Johnny tells Ponyboy to stay gold. In the film, Johnny is played by actor Ralph Macchio, and Ponyboy is played by C. Thomas Howell. How’s this for nerve wracking? Director Francis Ford Coppola had all of the actors try out in one room so they could watch each other. Actor Ralph Macchio was chosen to play Johnny, the role he desperately wanted. To help him understand his character’s life, Coppola gave him $5 to live off of for a day. Macchio even spent the night in a park using newspapers as blankets. Macchio called it a terrific acting exercise. The Outsiders was nominated for four Young Artist Awards.

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Question three. In the 1984 movie Sixteen Candles, what is the reason Sam’s family forgets her 16th birthday. Well, her sister was getting married the next day and I guess it slipped their mind. Actress Molly Ringwald plays Sam. She was 16 years old while filming this movie. She won a Young Artist Award for Best Actress for her role in Sixteen Candles. When younger she was discovered by a casting director while playing one of the orphans in a stage production of the musical Annie. John Hughes was the director and screenwriter for Sixteen Candles. This was John Hughes’s directorial debut. John Hughes has quite the list of loved movies behind his name. Sixteen Candles was a starting point for his other great 80s coming-of-age films. His movies are a huge part of pop culture.

Debi Jenkins 7:15
Question four. In the 1986 comedy Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, what kind of car does Ferris borrow from his friend Cameron’s father? He borrows a red 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder. Matthew Broderick plays Ferris Bueller and Alan Ruck plays Cameron Frye. In the film reproductions of the Ferrari were used for wide shots. Since only 100 of those cars existed it would be too costly to damage one of the originals, so only one original was used in the studio for shooting what are called insert shots. So have you heard of the fourth wall? Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is a prime example of a movie breaking the fourth wall. What that means is the character looks directly at the camera and explains what’s going on or shares his thoughts with the movie viewer. John Hughes, the screenwriter and director wrote the screenplay in just one week. He said that he had Matthew Broderick in mind when writing the script and called him clever and charming. Broderick was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his role in this film. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was one of the highest grossing films of 1986.

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Question five. What is the name of the 1983 movie that features a supercomputer known as WOPR that types out the words “Shall we play a game?” That movie was War Games? WOPR stands for war operation plan response. A box interprets signals from the computer and speaks what the computer is saying. If you’re an 80s kid I bet you can remember exactly how the “Shall we play a game” phrase sounded coming out of that computer. The movie came out in the height of the Cold War. A 21 year old Matthew Broderick played David Lightman, the teenage computer hacker at the center of this film who nearly starts World War III with the computer in a game called Global Thermonuclear War. In order to practice for his role, arcade games were delivered to Matthew Broderick’s home. They also wanted him to learn to type. If he was going to portray a computer hacker he had to show it. Before filming War Games, Broderick didn’t know much about computers. Did you know that the movie War Games was the first movie to reference a firewall? War Games was nominated for three Academy Awards.

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Question six. In the 1985 movie St. Elmo’s Fire, from what university were the characters recent graduates of? They were recent graduates of Georgetown University. After reading the script and finding some of it objectionable, Georgetown University wouldn’t let the movie be filmed on campus. So the university campus you see in the movie is actually the University of Maryland College Park campus. This film starred many of the so called Brat Pack actors and is considered one of the prominent films for the Brat Pack genre. One of the actresses in this movie was Demi Moore. After showing up to the set under the influence, the director required her to go to rehab for a drug and alcohol problem. After rehab, she had to return and play her character who had a drug addiction. St. Elmo’s Fir not the most liked movie by the critics and they found many of the characters unlikable. In 1985, actor Rob Lowe won the Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actor. However, the movie was pretty successful at the box office.

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Question seven. In the 1987 film Mannequin, where are Jonathan and Emmy married at the end of the movie? They are married in the store window of Prince and Company. Twenty four year old actor Andrew McCarthy played the role of Jonathan. He was fresh off of his Pretty in Pink role which helped him win the role for this movie. Andrew McCarthy was ranked number 40 on the list of VH1s 100 Greatest Teen Stars of All Time. McCarthy attended NYU’s undergraduate drama program for two years, but was kicked out for not going to class. It didn’t take him long to find a movie role and then NYU offered for him to return. He declined. This was not the most popular movie and didn’t receive great reviews. Critic Roger Ebert gave it a half a star if that tells you anything. One critic went so far as to say it was made by, for and about dummies. However, one of the songs was a hit. At the 60th Academy Awards, Starship’s song Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now was nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song. I’ve Had the Time Of My Life from Dirty Dancing ended up taking home the Oscar.

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Question eight. In the 1985 movie The Breakfast Club, which actor plays the character known as the athlete? That actor was Emilio Estevez. Emilio Estevez comes from quite the acting family. Did you know that Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen are brothers, the sons of actor Martin Sheen. Emilio Estevez is the only one of the three that uses his given name as his professional name. While known as Martin Sheen professionally, dad’s name is actually Ramon Gerard Antonio Estevez. Brother Charlie Sheen’s given name is Carlos Irwin Estevez. Emilio Estevez has been called the leader of the 80s Brat Pack. In 2019 Emilio Estevez became a grandfather. Does the high school in The Breakfast Club look familiar? If so, that’s because the director and writer John Hughes used the same high school when filming Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The Breakfast Club wasn’t always the title for this film. The working title for the film was The Lunch Bunch. Some consider The Breakfast Club to be one of the best films of the decade. Entertainment Weekly ranked it as number one on their list of Best High School Movies, calling it the best high school movie of all time.

Debi Jenkins 14:05
Question nine. In the 1984 movie Red Dawn, a group of high school students use guerrilla warfare to fight back when the Soviets and Cubans invade their Colorado town. What do they call their group, the same name as their high school mascot? They were the Wolverines. This movie starred a few of the Brat Pack members, one of which was C. Thomas Howell, who played the character Robert Morris. He was Ponyboy in the 1983 movie The Outsiders. This movie got a lot of attention for its violence. At the time, The National Coalition on Television Violence called this the most violent movie ever made. Red Dawn was the first film to be released in theaters with a PG 13 rating. The National Coalition of Television Violence had its own rating system and radio This movie an X. The U.S. military used the name Red Dawn for one of their military operations. On December 13, 2003, the operation to capture Saddam Hussein was named operation Red Dawn, named after the movie. The codename for the sites that they were searching were Wolverine one and Wolverine two. Most recently, according to the New York Times, a group of infectious disease doctors and medical experts in the federal government and academic institutions around the nation, called their email chain, the Red Dawn emails when discussing the COVID-19 response. The Red Dawn nickname was a nod to the film.

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And question ten. In the 1985 movie Weird Science, what movie inspires Gary to create a virtual woman? The movie is the 1931 Frankenstein movie. Gary was played by Anthony Michael Hall, a member of the Brat Pack. He was actually given the name Michael Anthony Hall at birth, but when joining the Screen Actors Guild, someone already had that name, so he just switched his name around. As a child. He was the Honeycombs cereal kid in the television commercials. He turned down a few roles to avoid being typecast. One of those roles was an offer to play the character Ducky in Pretty in Pink. He also turned down playing Ferris Bueller’s friend Cameron in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. In 2006 Anthony Michael Hall was ranked number four in VH1’s list of The Hundred Greatest Teen Stars.

Debi Jenkins 16:53
Well, that’s it for this week’s episode. I hope you enjoyed a look back at these 80s coming-of-age movies and the Brat Pack stars. Please subscribe and leave a positive review wherever you listen to podcasts. Visit us on Twitter and Instagram. All the links can be found at triviarewind.com. Thanks for listening. Looking forward to having you back next time for more Trivia Rewind.

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