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Pretty in Pink -- Teen sensations Molly Ringwald (Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club) and Andrew McCarthy (St. Elmo's Fire) drew raves for their starring performances in this hit love story by John Hughes (The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off). She's a high school girl from the wrong side of town. He's the wealthy heart-throb who asks her to the prom. But as fast as their romance builds, it's threatened by the painful reality of peer pressure. A bittersweet story with an upbeat ending and a phenomenal rock score, Pretty in Pink also stars Harry Dean Stanton, Jon Cryer, James Spader and Annie Potts.

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John Hughes (written by)
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Release Date:
28 February 1986 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
He's good. She's good. He's just Duckie. See more »
Plot:
A poor girl must choose between the affections of her doting childhood sweetheart and a rich but sensitive playboy. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
A cute love story spoiled by a slightly disappointing ending. See more (139 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Molly Ringwald ... Andie Walsh

Harry Dean Stanton ... Jack Walsh

Jon Cryer ... Duckie (Phil Dale)

Annie Potts ... Iona

James Spader ... Steff

Andrew McCarthy ... Blane McDonnagh

Jim Haynie ... Donnelly

Alexa Kenin ... Jena Hoeman

Kate Vernon ... Benny Hanson

Andrew Dice Clay ... 'Dice-man' - Bouncer at CATS (as Andrew 'Dice' Clay)
Emily Longstreth ... Kate

Margaret Colin ... English Teacher
Jamie Anders ... Terrence

Gina Gershon ... Girl Friend / Gym Class
Bader Howar ... Sales Girl

Christian Jacobs ... Boy in Record Store
Audre Johnston ... Benny's Mother
Melanie Manos ... Girl at Party

Maggie Roswell ... Ms. Dietz

Dweezil Zappa ... Simon
Jimmie Podrasky ... The Rave-Ups (as Jimmer Podrasky)
Tommy Blatnick ... The Rave-Ups
Timothy J. ... The Rave-Ups
Terry Wilson ... The Rave-Ups
Bruno Coon ... Talk Back (as Bruno)
Jeffrey Hollie ... Talk Back
Kevin Ricard ... Talk Back
David Sutton ... Talk Back

Kevin T. Williams ... Talk Back (as Kevin Williams)
Rock Deadrick ... Talk Back
Karen Laine ... Girl at Prom

Kristy Swanson ... Duckette
Kevin D. Lindsay ... Kevin
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Winckler ... Drunk Teen (uncredited)

Directed by
Howard Deutch 
 
Writing credits
John Hughes (written by)

Produced by
Michael Chinich .... executive producer
John Hughes .... executive producer
Lauren Shuler Donner .... producer (as Lauren Shuler)
Jane Vickerilla .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Michael Gore 
 
Cinematography by
Tak Fujimoto (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Richard Marks 
 
Casting by
Paula Herold 
Marci Liroff 
 
Production Design by
John W. Corso 
 
Set Decoration by
Jennifer Polito 
Bruce Weintraub 
 
Costume Design by
Marilyn Vance 
 
Makeup Department
Paul Abascal .... hair stylist
Tommy Cole .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Arne Schmidt .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carol Green .... second assistant director
Vicki Jackson-Lemay .... dga trainee (as Vicki J. Le May)
Stephen Lim .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Gerald Gates Jr. .... painter
Gordon Hackman .... swing gang
Louis M. Mann .... set designer
Jeff Passanante .... construction foreman
Paul S. Power .... production illustrator
John Rozman .... lead man
Don Schlicher .... swing gang
Arthur Shippee .... property master (as Art Shippee)
Craig Staley .... swing gang
Gene Triol .... swing gang
 
Sound Department
George H. Anderson .... sound effects editor
George Berndt .... adr editor
Ruth Bird .... assistant sound effects editor
Donald A. Bolger .... boom operator (as Donald L. Bolger)
Charles J. Bond .... cable person
Gary C. Bourgeois .... sound re-recording mixer (as Gary Bourgeois)
Chris Carpenter .... sound re-recording mixer
Dennis Drummond .... sound effects editor
Joan Giammarco .... assistant sound effects editor
Robert Grieve .... supervising sound effects editor
Jeffrey A. Humphreys .... sound recordist
C. Darin Knight .... sound mixer
Mel Metcalfe .... sound re-recording mixer
Linda Whittlesey .... sound effects editor
Greg Orloff .... foley mixer (uncredited)
John Roesch .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
John Frazier .... special effects
 
Stunts
Erik Cord .... stunts
Dick Hancock .... stunt coordinator
John S. Platt .... stunts
Pat Romano .... stunt double
Pat Romano .... stunts (as Patrick Romano)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mike Brooker .... additional grip
Joseph Graham .... additional grip
Jack N. Green .... camera operator (as Jack Green)
Conrad W. Hall .... first assistant camera
Danny Jimenez .... dolly grip (as Daniel Jiminez)
William A. Lowman .... assistant chief lighting technician
Melton Maxwell .... chief lighting technician (as Melton C. Maxwell)
Jack E. McLean Jr. .... lamp operator (as Jack McLean)
Laurel Moore .... still photographer
John T. Ramsey .... first company grip
Ed Reilly .... assistant chief lighting technician
P. Scott Sakamoto .... second assistant camera
Gary Scalzo .... lamp operator
Gary Scalzo .... rigger
Chuck Sharp .... best boy electric (as Charles W. Sharp)
Chuck Sharp .... lamp operator
Steve Sibenick .... second company grip
Tim Staubs .... second company grip
 
Casting Department
Dorian Dunas .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Darryl M. Athons .... set costumer: men
Michael W. Hoffman .... costume supervisor: men
Julene McKinney .... set costumer: women
Donna Roberts .... costume supervisor: women (as Donna Roberts Orme)
 
Editorial Department
Jane Schwartz Jaffe .... associate editor
David Moritz .... apprentice editor
Bob Noland .... color timer
Pamela Jule Yuen .... assistant editor (as Pamela J. Yuen)
Peter Lonsdale .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
David Anderle .... music supervisor
Joel Moss .... score mixer (as Joel W. Moss)
Leon Pendarvis .... orchestrator (as L. Leon Pendarvis)
Richard Stone .... supervising music editor
Bruno Coon .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Sam Edelman .... transportation coordinator
Rick Vallencia .... transportation co-captain (as Rick Valencia)
Gaston Veilleux .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Pamela Alch .... script supervisor
Elinor Bardach .... personal assistant: Ms. Vance
Bruce A. Block .... filmic consultant
Irene Brafstein .... teacher
Irene Brafstein .... welfare worker
Frank L. Brown .... unspecified assistant
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Matt Freeman .... production assistant (as Matthew Freeman)
Gary Gero .... animal trainer
Mary Sutton Hallmann .... assistant: Mr. Schmidt
Art 'Klondike' Jones .... craft service
Tony Kerum .... caterer
William Kolber .... assistant: Mr. Shuler
Karen Kovacevich .... production associate
John Maguire .... assistant production auditor
Charles Newirth .... location manager (as Charles J. Newirth)
Kenny Ortega .... choreographer
Ronald W. Payne .... production assistant
Michael Roberts .... production auditor (as Mike Roberts)
Steven Jay Rubin .... unit publicist
Elena Spiotta .... production associate
Ellen Vogt .... assistant: Mr. Anderle
Jeanne Webber .... technical consultant (as Jeanne Weber)
Adam Hill .... shophand/set detail caster: Paramount Studios (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Alexa Kenin .... in memory of
Bruce Weintraub .... in memory of
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
96 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:PG (DVD rating) | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-8 | Iceland:L | India:A | Netherlands:6 (re-rating) | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:7 | UK:15 | USA:PG-13 (certificate #28001) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Tatum O'Neal, Lori Loughlin, Diane Lane, Sarah Jessica Parker and Brooke Shields were each considered for the role of Andie.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the prom scene a teacher can be seen breaking up a couple's dance twice. Once during the overview and then the exact same way again when the cameras do the close up.See more »
Quotes:
Duckie:We don't have none of this stuff in the boy's room! Wait a minute! We don't got none of this... we don't got doors on the stalls in the boy's room, we don't have, what is this? What's this? We don't have a candy machine in the boy's room!See more »
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46 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
A cute love story spoiled by a slightly disappointing ending., 20 June 2004
Author: sublime501 from Albuquerque, NM

PRETTY IN PINK is the tale of an original, but slightly outcast, girl named Andie Walsh (Molly Ringwald) who is from the poorer part of her town. She never minded this until one day when the rich, "preppy" Blane McDonnagh (Andrew McCarthy) asks her if she'd like to go out sometime. All of Blane's rich preppy friends immediately disapprove, and Andie gets caught in the middle when her own best friend Duckie (Jon Cryer) disapproves as well. Andie decides to go out with Blane anyway, although their first date ends up being somewhat of a disaster. Blane takes Andie to his friend Steff's (James Spader) house party, where nearly everyone snubs her, and Andie is embarrassed to let Blane see where she lives and what kind of house it is. In the end, Andie has to decide whether pursuing potential love is worth the humiliation she receives from everyone else for doing so.

PRETTY IN PINK is the last of the three famous Molly Ringwald-John Hughes collaborations, and is also the least favorable, in my opinion. Which is not to say that it's not a good movie, though. While its two predecessors dealt more with status and popularity issues, this movie deals with a more serious topic of class differences. However, I find this to be a pretty unrealistic scenario by today's standards and not very easy to relate to, in my case at least. However, the whole concept of two lovers dating despite their differences and everyone else's disapproval is pretty cool and receives my commendation. The ending, though, is a bit of a disappointment.

What I really commend the movie on, however, is its portrayal of what love is really like. It manages to show just how beautiful it can be at times, and just how destructive it is most of the time. Having experienced something similar to Andie's struggle, I have to say that that feature of the movie made it a lot more personable and relatable for me, taking on a deeper meaning than it probably would for others who haven't experienced such a battle.

As far as technical aspects go... well, what can you say. The acting is terrific, namely from the always-great Molly Ringwald and the spectacularly wacky Jon Cryer as the film's most memorable character by far, Duckie. Jon Cryer easily delivers the film's best performance, along with most of its best lines. Annie Potts is also wonderful and funny as Andie's coworker Iona. John Hughes was a great director, even though his area of expertise was '80s teen movies--but, let's face it, no one could have done them better.

To wrap it up, PRETTY IN PINK is a cute love story with fantastic acting and characters that manages to capture a bit of the true essence of love, even if it is a bit disappointing in the end. 7/10.

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