Brat Packers: Molly Ringwald and Judd Nelson
Molly Kathleen Ringwald (born February 18, 1968) is an American actress, singer, and author. She was cast in her first major role as Molly in the NBC sitcom The Facts of Life (1979–80) after a casting director saw her playing an orphan in a stage production of the musical Annie. She and several other members of the original Facts of Life cast were let go when the show was reworked by the network. She subsequently made her motion picture debut in the independent film Tempest (1982), which earned her a Golden Globe nomination for New Star of the Year. Ringwald is known for her collaborations with filmmaker John Hughes, having appeared in three of his films.
After appearing in the successful Hughes films Sixteen Candles (1984), The Breakfast Club (1985), and Pretty in Pink (1986), Ringwald became a teen icon. She later starred in The Pick-up Artist (1987), Fresh Horses (1988) and For Keeps (1988). She starred in many films in the 1990s, most notably Something to Live for: The Alison Gertz Story (1992) and The Stand (1994). “Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade” (1994 short film – precursor to “Sling Blade”). Ringwald is part of the “Brat Pack” and she was ranked number 1 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Teen Stars. Since 2017, Ringwald has portrayed Mary Andrews on The CW television series Riverdale.
Judd Asher Nelson (born November 28, 1959) is an American actor best known for his roles as John Bender in The Breakfast Club, Alec Newbury in St. Elmo’s Fire, Hot Rod / Rodimus Prime in The Transformers: The Movie and Transformers: Animated, Ryan Hunt in Billionaire Boys Club, Nick Peretti in New Jack City, Billy Beretti in Empire, and Jack Richmond in the television series Suddenly Susan
Nelson was born in Portland, Maine, the son of Merle (Royte), a court mediator and former member of the Maine state legislature, and Leonard Nelson, a corporate lawyer. His family is Jewish, and his father was the first Jewish president of the Portland Symphony Orchestra. He has two sisters, Eve and Julie. He went to school at St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire and Waynflete School in Portland, Maine, and studied at Haverford College in Pennsylvania, leaving during his sophomore year. He subsequently moved to Manhattan to study acting with Stella Adler.
Following on from Theme Times – The Brat Packers!! Here is our third joint feature episode of two of the Brat Pack Molly and Judd …. the top 7 films of theirs. However let’s just get this out of the way ….
The Breakfast Club – 1985
St Elmo’s Fire – 1985
Sixteen Candles – 1984
Samantha faces a lot of embarrassment on her sixteenth birthday when her parents conveniently ignore her and the answers she wrote for a private quiz lands up in the wrong hands.
Pretty in Pink – 1986
Andie, a young girl, is not popular at school. She mostly kept to her friend Iona and childhood sweetheart, Duckie. But what happens when one of the popular guys at school, falls in love with her.
For Keeps – 1988
An ambitious high-schooler and her boyfriend are headed for good colleges. But when she gets pregnant the teen couple have a hard time trying to fit the baby into their career plans.
Office Killer – 1997
A mousy office worker accidentally kills one of her coworkers, then proceeds to bump off a few others.
Malicious – 1995
After a brief encounter with a beautiful stranger, a college athlete gets more than he bargained for when she becomes obsessed, stopping at nothing to destroy his life.
Some Folks Call It a Sing Blade – 1994
Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade is a short film written by Billy Bob Thornton, directed by George Hickenlooper and starring Thornton, Molly Ringwald, and J. T. Walsh.
Raising Expectations – 2011 – 2018
An architect and a child psychologist raise their five over-achieving children who are talented in every area. Emmett, however, is the under-achieving dark horse of the family.
Fandango – 1985
Gardner Barnes (Kevin Costner) is a young Texan who has just graduated from college and is unsure of what to do next. Along with his friends, collectively known as the Groovers, Gardner embarks on a road trip to the Rio Grande as a last hurrah for the group. As the trip progresses, Gardner and his buddies, including Kenneth Waggener (Sam Robards) and Phil Hicks (Judd Nelson), struggle with their impending adulthood and the looming issue of the Vietnam War.
From the Hip – 1987
Attorney Robin “Stormy” Weathers (Judd Nelson) engages in some outrageous courtroom antics in order to get a bank president acquitted of assault charges. Stormy’s performance is so impressive that he’s then promoted to partner in his firm. But his next case is defending Douglas Benoit (John Hurt), a professor who is accused of killing a prostitute with a hammer. Stormy struggles with the case and his belief that Benoit is a raving lunatic, a danger to society and guilty of the murder.
Hiroshima: Out Of The Ashes – 1990
Based on events surrounding the bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, during World War II, this drama depicts the nuclear explosion and its effects, as viewed by survivors of various nationalities. Among the people featured in the film are German priest Father Siemes (Max von Sydow), Japanese physician Dr. Hara (Stan Egi) and American soldier Pete Dunham (Judd Nelson). With its ensemble cast, the movie calls attention to the international presence in the city at the time of the bombing.
New Jack City – 1991
Two cops take it on themselves to bring down a notorious drug lord who has gotten away from the law for much too long.
Suddenly Susan– 1996 – 2000
Susan Keane is a beautiful magazine writer whose weekly column, “Suddenly Susan,” reflects her struggles as a single woman in San Francisco after abruptly leaving her fiance at the altar. Her boss (and nearly brother-in-law), Jack Richmond, tries to be professional as he battles the attraction between them. Susan’s other co-workers include photographer Luis, restaurant critic Vicki and, in later seasons, investigative reporter Maddy (Susan’s old enemy). Susan’s grandmother and confidant, Nana, is a pillar of encouragement for her in her otherwise hectic life.
Stagecoach: The Texas Jack Story– 2016
After retiring from life as an infamous outlaw, livery owner Nathaniel Reed quietly leads an honest existence on the Texas frontier with his devoted wife. But his gun-slinging past suddenly comes back to haunt him when he learns that Calhoun, the man he once maimed during a stagecoach robbery, is now an unhinged U.S. Marshal who’ll stop at nothing to exact vengeance. After a violent shootout brings tragic consequences, Nathaniel partners with his original gang and returns to his lawless ways.
Billionaire Boys Club– 2018
Young. Handsome. And cunning. Based on the incredible true story of a group of wealthy boys from LA in the 80’s, who established a get-rich-quick scam that turns deadly.
So there we go folks, the third two Brat Packers, Molly Ringwald and Judd Nelson who were perhaps two of the main iconic Breakfast Clubbers and yet whilst they were really active after that film to the millenium, in the last twenty years – not so much! Finding quality performances was a hard task so – fans or not?