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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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Release Date:
28 February 1986 (USA) See more »
He's good. She's good. He's just Duckie. See more »
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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  (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
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)
Alexa Kenin .... in memory of
Bruce Weintraub .... in memory of
Crew believed to be complete

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96 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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?

The genesis of this project emerged when Molly Ringwald asked writer 'John Hughes(I)' (QV) to write a movie based on 'The Psychedelic Furs' (QV) song "Pretty in Pink", which was her favorite song song at the time.See more »
Continuity: Jack's hair changes drastically between shots when Andie is talking to him about missing his job interview.See more »
Andie:So what do you want to drink?
Duckie:Oh you know, beer, scotch, juice box... whatever.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "The Goldbergs: Lucky (#3.7)" (2015)See more »
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51 out of 60 people found the following review useful.
John Hughes knows the 80's!, 29 July 1999
Author: Dan Grant ( from Toronto, Ontario

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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