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Pretty in Pink (1986)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  28 February 1986 (USA)
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A poor girl must choose between the affections of her doting childhood sweetheart and a rich but sensitive playboy.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
'Dice-man' - Bouncer at CATS (as Andrew 'Dice' Clay)
Emily Longstreth ...
English Teacher
Jamie Anders ...
Girl Friend / Gym Class
Bader Howar ...
Sales Girl


Teenager Andie is one of the not-so-popular girls in high school. She usually hangs out with her friends Iona or Duckie. Duckie has always had a crush on her, but now she has met a new guy at school, Blane. He's one of the rich and popular guys but can the two worlds meet? Written by Mattias Thuresson

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28 February 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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$40,471,663 (USA)

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Did You Know?


The Rave-Ups are the band playing in the club scene. Star Molly Ringwald was apparently a fan of their music and her sister had a child with one of the band members. Also, in Sixteen Candles (1984), "The Rave-Ups" is scrawled on the notebook Molly's character is carrying while walking down a corridor after study hall. See more »


When Blaine asks Andie out, directly behind him can be seen a girl in white tights with a blue and yellow dress on. In the next shot, the same girl can be seen behind Andie. Throughout the scene the girl is shown standing behind both Blaine and Andie, even though they are sitting on opposite sides of one another and the view of the playground behind them each is different. See more »


Duckie: Good Morning! Welcome to another day of higher education!
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O Sole Mio
Lyrics by Giovanni Capurro and music by 'Eduardo di Capua'
Sung by Harry Dean Stanton as he prepares breakfast
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John Hughes knows the 80's!
29 July 1999 | by (Toronto, Ontario) – See all my reviews

It is hard to believe that this was 13 years ago. Has it really been that long since we said goodbye to the Brat-Pack? When I watched Pretty In Pink it made me laugh, but more importantly it brought me back to a time that was fun, had less pressure ( in some ways ), and there were a plethora of films that were made aimed at us teens. The early 80's will at least partly be remembered as a time when teen flicks ruled. Everything from Fast Times and Porky's to The Breakfast Club and Pretty In Pink, they were all there and they all tried to do the same thing. Entertain. Sure John Hughes always seemed to have some heavy issues in his films, but ultimately his films were there for us to enjoy for 90 minutes. Pretty In Pink is one of the best at accomplishing that.

What makes this film such the standout that it is, is everything really. The actors were fresh and cool. The dialogue was smart and easy for us to relate to. The situations of love covered areas that we have probably all been through. There was the unobtainable love that just seemed like a fantasy. There was the two really good friends, one male and one female, that just weren't meant to be lovers and the heartbreak that one is inevitably going to experience. There was perhaps not being accepted by your love interests peers and so on. Watching this film I could understand how Duckie felt. I could feel his anger when he watches his best friend, and his secret love interest, date the personification of what ( and Andie ) consider the personification of snobbery. She has probably complained many a night about how she is tired of being treated unfairly just because she wasn't born with a silver spoon in her mouth, and now she dates one. I could feel Ducky's pain. And that can be attributed to John Hughes for writing a brilliant script, but also to Jon Cryer for making his character what he is. You can sense his insecurities and his undying devotion to a girl that he knows he will probably never get. And when he sits with Andies dad and chats about love, there is one of the greatest lines in the film. Jack ( Harry Dean Stanton ) tells him that you can't force love, it is either goging to happen or it isn't. You can't control these things. And that is what makes love so painful. While you may be perfect for someone, that someone wants the perfection of someone else. And that sucks, love's a bitch Duck. Love's a bitch.

Pretty In Pink epitomizes everything that made the 80's a great time for teen flicks. Secret loves, proms, a great soundtrack and John Hughes. What more can you ask for? This is one of the best.

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