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Pretty in Pink (1986)

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A poor girl must choose between the affections of dating her childhood sweetheart or a rich but sensitive playboy.

Director:

Howard Deutch

Writer:

John Hughes
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Molly Ringwald ... Andie
Harry Dean Stanton ... Jack
Jon Cryer ... Duckie
Annie Potts ... Iona
James Spader ... Steff
Andrew McCarthy ... Blane
Jim Haynie ... Donnelly
Alexa Kenin ... Jena Hoeman
Kate Vernon ... Benny Hanson
Andrew Dice Clay ... Bouncer (as Andrew 'Dice' Clay)
Emily Longstreth ... Kate
Margaret Colin ... English Teacher
Jamie Anders Jamie Anders ... Terrence
Gina Gershon ... Girl Friend / Gym Class
Bader Howar Bader Howar ... Sales Girl
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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He's crazy about her. She's crazy about him. He's just crazy. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?

Trivia

When James Spader auditioned for Howard Deutch and John Hughes, he completely immersed himself in the jerky character of Steff. He smoked a cigarette in the room, and crushed the cig on his way out. Hughes and Deutch almost didn't cast him until they realized just how much he embodied the role. After Spader got the part, Jon Cryer complimented Spader's prior works. "I figure I got a lock on this teenage a**hole thing," Spader told Cryer. See more »

Goofs

When Blane puts Andie in his car, the painted brick wall with the newspaper boxes is in the background, without Duckie. In the next shot, he is sitting on the newspaper box. See more »

Quotes

Iona: Does he have... strong lips?
Andie: How can you tell?
Iona: Did you feel it in your knees?
Andie: I felt it everywhere.
Iona: Strong lips.
[laughs]
Iona: I know I'm old enough to be his mother, but when the Duck laid that kiss on me last night, I swear my thighs just went up in flames! He must practice on melons or something.
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Connections

Referenced in Psych: Dual Spires (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Try a Little Tenderness
Written by Harry M. Woods (as H. Woods), Jimmy Campbell (as J. Campbell) and Reginald Connelly (as R. Connelly)
Performed by Otis Redding
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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80s teen classic illustrates some impressive talent.
1 May 1999 | by emmSee 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 February 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,065,870, 2 March 1986

Gross USA:

$40,471,663

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,471,663
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Company Credits

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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