Pretty in Pink

February 28th, 1986


Pretty in Pink

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

Release Year: 1986

Rating: 6.5/10 (22,646 voted)

Critic's Score: 57/100

Director: Howard Deutch

Stars: Molly Ringwald, Jon Cryer, Harry Dean Stanton

Young 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 from school, Blane. He's one of the rich and popular guys but can the two worlds meet?

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 - Trombley, Girl Friend / Gym Class
Bader Howar - Sales Girl

Taglines: The laughter. The lovers. The friends. The fights. The talk. The hurt. The jealousy. The passion. The pressure. The real world.

Release Date: 28 February 1986

Filming Locations: 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, California, USA

Opening Weekend: $6,065,870 (USA) (2 March 1986) (827 Screens)

Gross: $40,471,663 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Filmed in the same L.A. high school where Grease was made.

Continuity: During the prom scene a teacher can be seen breaking up a couple's dance twice. Once during the overview and then the exact same way again when the cameras do the close up.

Principal: If you give off signals that you don't want to belong, people will make sure that you don't.

User Review

Romantic comedy about young love.

Rating: 6/10

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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