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Madonna and the Breakfast Club

Director: Guy Guido Run Time: 107 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 2019

Starring: Jamie Auld, Calvin Knie, Dan Gilroy, Ed Gilroy, Gary Burke


In 1979, Madonna Ciccone walked away from her Michigan University college scholarship to pursue a dance career in New York City… Dabbling in odd jobs, figure modeling for photography and art classes, auditioning for acting gigs, the ambitious ingenue finally met a musician named Dan Gilroy who taught her to play drums and guitar. Before long, Madonna, Dan and his brother Ed formed The Breakfast Club.

Break-ups (both creative and personal), transient managers and hangers-on, pushy studio mates, and resentful DJs all came and went… but Madonna quickly learned that she was the only person who could take her where she wanted to go. She pounded the pavement with a cassette tape demo of her first single ‘Everybody’ and, soon enough, a star was born.

Moving, candid interviews with Dan Gilroy, Ed Gilroy, Gary Burke, and others from those early days give first-hand, sentimental accounts of this enigmatic young creature – who is brought magically to life by star Jamie Auld and director Guy Guido’s obsessive, meticulous re-creations of the most iconic moments of the Queen of Pop-to be. Re-enacted dramatizations – in the exact locations, with the exact instruments, and with painstakingly accurate costume and art direction – offer an eerily precise glimpse into the life and times of Madonna and the Breakfast Club.