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


Howard Deutch


John Hughes
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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


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 »


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Pretty in Pink star Molly RIngwald tells Out magazine that Duckie, the flamboyant best friend to her character Andie in John Hughes' 1986 high school classic about class and social strata in high school, was secretly gay. Though an alternate ending of the classic "Brat Pack" comedy in which Andie ended up with Duckie (played by Jon Cryer) rather than Blane (Andrew McCarthy) was filmed, test audiences responded to it negatively. "Duckie doesn't know he's gay," Ringwald tells the publication. "I think he loves Andie in the way that [my gay best friend] always loved me. That ending fell so flat - it bombed at all the screenings. I didn't realize it then - I just knew that my character shouldn't end up with him, because we didn't have that sort of chemistry. If John was here now, and I could talk to him, I think that he would completely acknowledge that." Ringwald also believes that "Pretty In Pink" screenwriter John Hughes, who died in 2009, "wrote a lot of gay characters" into his other movies like "Some Kind of Wonderful" and "The Breakfast Club." Still, she specifies, "It was something that we never talked about" before continuing that said characters "easily could have been gay" rather than being out and proud in the context of the films. See more »


Andie's sunglasses are alternately in her lap and her hair when Blaine is going to ask her out for first time. See more »


Andie: Well, not nothing. I mean, I kissed him...
Iona: Anywhere interesting?
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Referenced in Bowling for Soup: 1985 (2004) See more »


Do Wot You Do
by Michael Hutchence / Andrew Farriss
Performed by INXS
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
WEA Records PTY Ltd. & Phonogram Limited
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Charming high school drama
6 June 2014 | by grantssSee all my reviews

Charming high school drama, but you expect nothing less from writer John Hughes.

Sums up well the anxieties and politics of high school. Also has a bit of a comment on social status and class divides.

Mostly a romantic drama, but has its comedic moments.

On the negative side, feels a bit formulaic. Also not as deeply emotional, or complex as some of Hughes other 80s movies. Plus, some of the characters were felt unrealistic and contrived. Jon Cryer's character was particularly annoying.

Good performance by Molly Ringwald, a regular in John Hughes movies, in the lead role. As mentioned, Jon Cryer is annoying. Good support from Harry Dean Stanton, Andrew MacCarthy, James Spader and Annie Potts.

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Release Date:

28 February 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pretty in Pink See more »


Box Office


$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,065,870, 2 March 1986

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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1.37 : 1
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