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Pretty in Pink (1986)

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:
Bouncer (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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He's good. She's good. He's just Duckie. See more »


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Release Date:

28 February 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La chica de rosa  »

Box Office


$9,000,000 (estimated)


$40,471,663 (USA)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


What's now known as "The Duckie Dance" was part of Jon Cryer's audition process. See more »


Jack's hair changes drastically between shots when Andie is talking to him about missing his job interview. See more »


Duckie: You know what an older women does for me?
Iona: Changes your diapers?
Duckie: Touché.
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Referenced in Parenthood: New Plan (2011) See more »


Left of Center
By Suzanne Vega and Steve Addabbo
Performed by Suzanne Vega
Courtesy of A&M Records
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80s teen classic illustrates some impressive talent.
1 May 1999 | by (Suffolk, Virginia) – See all my reviews

PRETTY IN PINK and Molly Ringwald were to the 80s, as CLUELESS and Alicia Silverstone is to the 90s. An excellent cast and some fine acting were guaranteed enough to have branded this a teenage classic from the 80s. They don't make good movies like this anymore! The clever talent from John Hughes doesn't just mean it's a far-out comedy, but he expresses the problems of young love from central character Ringwald that sound dramatic and satirizing. In other words, a girl-meets-boy story that offers a wide spectrum of situations that are confronted in the real world. Like I already said, the cast is exceptional, including the sensational Jon Cryer doing a lip-synching of that familiar tune from THE COMMITMENTS. Annie Potts is a pure delight at changing one wig after the next (what a nice impersonation of Audrey Hepburn!). The movie wouldn't have been anywhere near complete without the memorable hit tune "If You Leave" (Orchestral Manoevers In The Dark). While the end has a hard time getting things straight, there is a valuable moment that caresses deeply. From start to finish, this one still holds up against the recent string of teen pictures that aren't as cool or refreshing (CLUELESS and REALITY BITES are the exceptions). A movie like this is great when it's not so raunchy.

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