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Pretty in Pink

North American Movie Poster
Directed by Howard Deutch
Produced by Lauren Shuler
Written by John Hughes
Starring Molly Ringwald
Harry Dean Stanton
Jon Cryer
Annie Potts
James Spader
and Andrew McCarthy
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) February 28, 1986
Running time 96 min.
Language English
IMDb profile

Pretty in Pink is a popular 1986 film about teenage love and social cliques in 1980's American high schools. It is notable for belonging to the group of John Hughes movies starring Molly Ringwald and belongs to the Brat Pack movies. The title of the film comes from the song of the same name by British music group The Psychedelic Furs. Image File history File links Pretty_in_Pink. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Lauren Shuler Donner (born Cleveland, Ohio on June 23, 1949) is a movie producer who specializes in mainstream in youth and family-oriented entertainment. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Molly Kathleen Ringwald (born February 18, 1968) is an American actress, singer, and dancer. ... Harry Dean Stanton (born July 14, 1926 in West Irvine, Kentucky, USA) is an American actor. ... Jon Cryer (born on April 16, 1965 in New York, NY), is an American actor, writer and producer. ... Annie Potts (born October 28, 1952) is an American television and film actress. ... James Todd Spader (born February 7, 1960 in Boston, Massachusetts) is an American actor best known for his eccentric roles in movies such as sex, lies, and videotape (for which he won the Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival), Stargate, and Secretary. ... Andrew McCarthy (born November 29, 1962) is an American actor who appeared in several films during the 1980s. ... Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ... February 28 is the 59th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Molly Kathleen Ringwald (born February 18, 1968) is an American actress, singer, and dancer. ... The Brat Pack is a group of young actors and actresses who frequently appeared together in teen-oriented films in the 1980s and as well as socializing together off the set. ... The Psychedelic Furs are an influential English post-punk band founded in the late 1970s. ...


The film was directed by Howard Deutch, produced by Lauren Shuler, and written by John Hughes. This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Lauren Shuler Donner (born Cleveland, Ohio on June 23, 1949) is a movie producer who specializes in mainstream in youth and family-oriented entertainment. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Tagline: He's crazy about her, she's crazy about him, and he's just crazy.

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Main cast

Molly Kathleen Ringwald (born February 18, 1968) is an American actress, singer, and dancer. ... Jon Cryer (born on April 16, 1965 in New York, NY), is an American actor, writer and producer. ... Andrew McCarthy (born November 29, 1962) is an American actor who appeared in several films during the 1980s. ... Harry Dean Stanton (born July 14, 1926 in West Irvine, Kentucky, USA) is an American actor. ... Annie Potts (born October 28, 1952) is an American television and film actress. ... James Todd Spader (born February 7, 1960 in Boston, Massachusetts) is an American actor best known for his eccentric roles in movies such as sex, lies, and videotape (for which he won the Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival), Stargate, and Secretary. ... Kate Vernon as the scheming Ellen Tigh on Battlestar Galactica Kate Vernon (born c. ... Andrew Dice Clay (born Andrew Clay Silverstein on September 29, 1957, in Brooklyn, New York) is an American comedian and actor. ...

Plot summary

Molly Ringwald stars as Andie Walsh, a poor, but fashion-conscious New Wave girl who has a crush on one of the rich boys in her school, Blane McDonough, played by Andrew McCarthy. When Andie and Blane try to get together, the pair encounters resistance from their respective social circles. Molly Kathleen Ringwald (born February 18, 1968) is an American actress, singer, and dancer. ... New Wave is a term that has been used to describe many developments in music, but is most commonly associated with a movement in Western popular music, in the late 1970s and early 1980s inspired by the punk rock movement. ... Andrew McCarthy (born November 29, 1962) is an American actor who appeared in several films during the 1980s. ...


Andie lives on "the wrong side of the tracks" with her unemployed, sluggish father. She is trying to convince him to get a job and seems to be struggling with it. Her mother left the family a few years prior. To save on money, Andie buys secondhand clothes and uses her sewing and fashion skills to create unique New Wave clothes. Her best friend (and stalker) is Duckie Dale. Duckie has an obsessive crush on Andie, but plays it off as a joke in front of her. In school, she and Duckie are harassed by the "richie" kids, namely Benny and Steff. Steff's friend Blane, however, is secretly eyeing Andie, unbeknownst to her right away. Unemployment rates in the United States. ... A used item is one that is not new or a resource that has been partially or completely depleted. ...


Andie works at TRAX, a New Wave music store in Chinatown, managed by her older mentor friend Iona, who dresses younger than her years and moans about her newly single life. Iona advises Andie to go to her senior prom despite not having a date. Blane and Andie talk for a brief moment as Blane buys an album. Andie then begins developing feelings for Blane. She discusses them with a few friends at the local club, CATS. New Wave is a term that has been used to describe many developments in music, but is most commonly associated with a movement in Western popular music, in the late 1970s and early 1980s inspired by the punk rock movement. ... For other uses, see Chinatown (disambiguation). ...


Soon, Blane makes his move via chatting in the computer lab. Andie is smitten. A date is made later in the courtyard (where the punks, metalheads, and New Wavers hang out during lunch and after school). Steff begins questioning why his best friend "was conversing with a mutant." Blane brushes him off. This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Metalhead is a popular term for a devoted fan of heavy metal music and is often used interchangeably with the term headbanger; since the early 1990s, however, the use of the latter term has declined in favor of the more fashionable metalhead tag. ...


On the Friday night of the date, Andie waits for Blane at TRAX, but Blane is late. Duckie comes instead, only to find Andie upset because she thinks she's been stood up. But Blane arrives, leaving Duckie heartbroken. Duckie storms out, frustrated and hurt. Andie goes on her date with Blane.


First, Blane suggests a party Steff is throwing. But the party isn't exactly what Blane expected, and Andie is treated poorly by everyone, including a drunk Steff and Benny. Andie, in turn, suggests going to CATS, where Iona is sitting with Duckie. Duckie is suddenly cold and unforgiving, for obvious reasons. He quickly chases Andie and Blane out of CATS. However, despite the bad night, Andie and Blane end the night with a kiss, and Blane asks Andie to prom. The next day, Andie visits Iona in her loft in Chinatown, who shows Andie her old pink prom dress. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Meanwhile, Andie's father had been faking going to a full-time job in front of Andie, and Andie quickly caught on, leading to yet another confrontation.


Soon, Blane begins separating himself from Andie due to pressure from Steff. He won't return her calls, and Andie becomes increasingly distressed. She finally cracks, confronting Blane, who said he had asked someone else before asking her to prom, and had forgotten. Andie runs away, heartbroken. Duckie then overhears Steff trashing Andie. Duckie And Steff get into a fight, and when teachers come out of the classrooms and try to separate the two, Duckie runs away.


Andie seeks more advice from Iona, only to find Iona preparing for a date with a yuppie, dressing like her age for a change. Iona is so excited about the new man in her life that she is already planning a wedding for her future. She seems happy and barely notices Andie's pain amongst her pleasure. yet somehow, Iona's newfound happiness inspired Andie, and she goes home with Iona's pink dress and creates a new pink prom dress and decides to attend prom to "show them they didn't break me." Yuppies (or young urban professionals and young upwardly mobile professionals[1]) is a market segment whose consumers are characterized as self-reliant, financially secure individualists who do not exhibit or aspire to traditional American values. ...


Andie finds Duckie, dressed up for the prom, as soon as she gets there. The couple reunite and make up, walking into the ballroom. Steff snickers and begins trashing Andie and Duckie again, only to be finally told off by the normally passive Blane. Blane then admits he'll always love Andie no matter what, and leaves, depressed. Duckie concedes and advises Andie to run after Blane. After Andie leaves, a blonde girl notices Duckie and goes to dance with him.


Outside of the prom, Andie catches Blane just before he gets to his BMW and they kiss in the misty night. BMW, or Bavarian Motor Works, is an independent German company and manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles. ...


Trivia

  • Molly Ringwald had a huge crush on Andrew McCarthy at the time...she found him "incredibly cute" and "dreamy"
  • Andrew McCarthy and Molly Ringwald were supposed to go out on a date during the filming, but he stood her up. She states that Andrew is the only man to ever stand her up.
  • Pretty in Pink features a breakout role for James Spader, as a smarmy yuppie type that becomes one of his best known onscreen personas.
  • In Hughes' original script, Andie and Duckie ended up together, but due to pressure, Hughes had to change the ending so that Andie and Blane ended up together. The producers worried that the ending might come across as elitist. Ringwald, who was very sick during the shooting for the original ending and therefore didn't like how those scenes turned out, also objected to the original ending because she viewed Duckie as more of a brother than a love interest.
  • Andrew McCarthy is wearing a wig in the final prom scene because the actors were all called back to reshoot the ending. Andrew had already shaved his head and lost weight for his next role as an army officer in a play to be performed in New York.
  • The Hughes-penned film Some Kind of Wonderful (1987) follows the same premise as Pretty in Pink but with the gender roles reversed and the alternative ending.
  • Dweezil Zappa and Gina Gershon have small roles in the movie. Molly Ringwald and Dweezil Zappa were dating during filming.
  • The girl with whom Duckie dances at the end of the movie, named "Duckette", is Kristy Swanson.
  • Pretty in Pink was filmed at Hancock Park High School in Los Angeles. It was also shot at Marshall High School, where Grease was filmed in 1977. However the film was set in Suburban Chicago (As was the case with a lot of John Hughes' films.)
  • Alexa Kenin, who played Jena (Andie's friend) died in New York soon after filming. At the time, the cast of Pretty in Pink was told that she died from asthma complications; actually, she was murdered . Pretty in Pink is dedicated to her.
  • The film is also dedicated to the film's set decorator Bruce Weintraub, who died three months after Alexa.
  • The book Andie hands to Blane the second time he comes into Trax is "In His Own Write" by John Lennon.
  • Ringwald was the only leading actor of high school age at the time of filming (18); Cryer was 21, McCarthy was 23 and Spader topped them all at 26.
  • Andie (played by Ringwald) uses the word "richie" when describing Blane to her father. "Richie" was also a term Bender used in The Breakfast Club when speaking to popular Claire (ironically also played by Ringwald) and Andrew.
  • Ringwald and McCarthy joined forces again in Fresh Horses, another film about a couple from opposite sides of the tracks (again, she's the poor one, he's the rich one).
  • This is Molly Ringwald's favorite among her own films.
  • Molly Ringwald says that her kiss with Andrew McCarthy at the end of the film is her favorite on-screen kiss

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Music

  • The title of the movie Pretty in Pink was a pre-existing Psychedelic Furs song that was rerecorded for the successful Pretty In Pink soundtrack. The original version is played during the opening credits and the re-recording is played during the end credits.
  • Pretty In Pink is one of several Hughes film to be named after pre-existing songs. Others include Sixteen Candles by The Crests, and Some Kind of Wonderful by Grand Funk Railroad.
  • The movie soundtrack drew heavily from New Order with three New Order songs featuring in the film: "Shellshock", "Elegia" and "Thieves Like Us". Due to being instrumental versions, "Elegia" and "Thieves Like Us" were omitted from the soundtrack CD.
  • The videos for The Psychedelic Furs' "Pretty In Pink", OMD's "If You Leave" and New Order's "Shellshock" each featured scenes from the movie.
  • "If You Leave", written for the movie and featured in the pivotal prom scene, was OMD's biggest US hit single, reaching #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
  • OMD had originally penned the song "Goddess of Love" to be used during the prom scene, but it was later dropped for "If You Leave."

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References in popular culture

  • Jon Cryer reprised his "Duckie" role for an episode of Mr. Show.
  • In 2005, the TV show Veronica Mars paid homage to Pretty in Pink in the episode "Ruskie Business", in which the characters Meg and Duncan go to an 80s dance dressed up as Andie and Duckie, respectively.
  • EastEnders child abuser Stella Crawford revealed her favourite film was Pretty in Pink,
  • In the webcomic Wapsi Square, the Golem Girls are repeatedly shown watching the movie and complaining because Andie didn't end up with Duckie.
  • The Bowling for Soup song "1985" makes a reference to Pretty in Pink, also referring to other movies starring Molly Ringwald.
  • In a 2005 episode of Boston Legal, characters Alan Shore (played by James Spader) and Denny Crane (played by Willam Shatner) are dressed in pink flamingo costumes for Halloween. Shore says to Crane, "You look pretty in pink".
  • Jay and Silent Bob refer, in Dogma, to Shermer, Illinois as being the town in which John Hughes' movies take place. Jay decided he wanted to go there because "All the honeys are top-shelf, but all the dudes are whiny pussies - except for Judd Nelson, he was fuckin' harsh - but best of all, there was no one dealin', man; then, it hits me: we could live like phat rats if we were the blunt connection in Shermer, Illinois" only to find out that there is no Shermer, Illinois.
    • Jay also refers to Pretty in Pink saying, "... and then there's Pretty In Pink which I can't watch with this tubby muthafucker any more, because every time we get to the part where the red head hooks up with her dream guy, he starts sobbin' like a little eight-year-old with a skinned knee and shit. And nothing is worse than watching a fat man weep."
  • In the performance poem The Wussy Boy Manifesto, poetry slam artist Big Poppa E references Duckie as a "wussy boy icon."
  • In the Gilmore Girls episode "Super Cool Party People", Lorelai plays the film for a bunch of 12-year-olds, commenting "Yes, that is the guy from Two and a Half Men", in reference to Jon Cryer.
  • In Not Another Teen Movie, in the scene at the airport, Jake quotes a line from Pretty in Pink. Molly Ringwald also has a cameo role as a flight attendant.
  • In Season 2 of Degrassi: The Next Generation, Emma's and Manny's outfits for the dance match outfits worn by Andie and Jena.
  • The song "FTW", by mc chris, contains the lyrics "In a world full of Blanes, I'm just a Duckie"
  • On the Spongebob Squarepants episode "Dumped" Spongebob quotes Duckie's famous line "Do I offend?"
  • Fall Out Boy's first album, Evening Out With Your Girlfriend, has a song titled "Pretty In Punk", an obvious reference to the film.

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External links

  • Pretty in Pink at the Internet Movie Database
  • The John Hughes File: Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink trivia
  • Pretty In Pink review at The 80s Movie Rewind
  • Official Duckie Dale Website

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