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Pretty in Pink (1986)

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

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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
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

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The laughter. The lovers. The friends. The fights. The talk. The hurt. The jealousy. The passion. The pressure. The real world. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 February 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pretty in Pink See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,065,870, 2 March 1986, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$40,471,663
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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

James Spader and Andrew McCarthy appeared in Less Than Zero (1987) and Mannequin (1987). See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Andie: If somebody doesn't believe in me, I can't believe in them.
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Rudy
By Bruno
Performed by Talk Back
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One of my least favorite
27 January 2002 | by freakmongrel69See all my reviews

I absolutely adore John Hughes' insight into teen angst, love, relationships, and overall experiences, I feel that Pretty In Pink was his weakest. The characters, all except Duckie, were incredibly weak, and just when you thought Andie was going to rise above it all and make a grand entrance with her pink dress, she wussed out and it took the encouragement and support of Duckie to get her in the dance.

Furthermore, it lacked the element of hope present in the other movies. In The Breakfast Club, it was their experiences with others that made them so prejudiced toward each other, and in Sixteen Candles, it was Samantha's own insecurities that hindered her efforts, but in Pretty In Pink, it was a direct hit from Blane that Andie had to sustain yet she went back to him. Why? Not because of hope, but because of weakness. In the others, it was hope. Hope that issues could be overcome. Pretty in Pink started with that message, but ended up being so cliche it was tough to stomach.


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