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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.

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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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He's good. She's good. He's just Duckie. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

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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Company Credits

Production Co:

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 was offered the role of Blane, but he chose to take the role of Stef instead. He finds it more fun to play the villain. See more »

Goofs

The movie is set in Illinois. After Andie's kiss with Blain, Duckie rides his bike around Andie's house and towards Trax record store; all the cars have Blue California license plates. See more »

Quotes

Iona: [finishes stapling records to the window display] Applause, applause, APPLAUSE.
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Connections

Referenced in Gossip Girl: Petty in Pink (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Positively Lost Me
Written by Jimmer Podrasky (as Jimmer Podrasky)
Performed by The Rave-Ups
Courtesy of Fun Stuff Records
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Romantic comedy about young love.
6 May 2000 | by michaelRokeefeSee all my reviews

Writer John Hughes has the 80's pegged. But this story could have been set in the 50's or 60's and still worked well. That is why I think this movie is so relevant. Devotion, friendship, and self worth are quizzed. The young actors were better than expected. I have watched this over a dozen times and I don't care if some people refer to this as a "chick flick".

A young girl falls in love with a boy from the other side of the tracks. Problems occur when his peers think the object of his desires is socially beneath him.

Molly Ringwald was very good. Andrew McCarthy and Jon Cryer seemed to feel their part more than the rest of the cast. But James Spader was such a realistic jerk, you want to get up and punch his face in. Harry Dean Stanton and Annie Potts play the adult roles of substance. Have you ever seen Stanton so sympathetic?

A very upbeat soundtrack keeps the movie flowing and helps you feel the atmosphere. Don't write this off as just another teen movie. Highly recommended.


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