Pretty in Pink

Pretty in Pink

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Director: Howard Deutch

Cast: Howard Deutch, Molly Ringwald, Harry Dean Stanton, Jon Cryer

     
 

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John Hughes crafts an exemplary '80s Brat Pack romance out of the standard Cinderella story in Pretty in Pink. Andie Walsh (Molly Ringwald) is a teenager who lives in the dingy part of town with her terminally underemployed dad (Harry Dean Stanton). She works at a record store with eccentric Ionia (Annie Potts) and is considered a misfit at her uppity highSee more details below

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Overview

John Hughes crafts an exemplary '80s Brat Pack romance out of the standard Cinderella story in Pretty in Pink. Andie Walsh (Molly Ringwald) is a teenager who lives in the dingy part of town with her terminally underemployed dad (Harry Dean Stanton). She works at a record store with eccentric Ionia (Annie Potts) and is considered a misfit at her uppity high school, but somehow she rises above them all. Her oddball best friend, Duckie (Jon Cryer), is hopelessly in love with her, so he causes trouble for her romantic pursuits. When local rich kid Blaine (Andrew McCarthy) develops a fascination with her, they go out on a date together. Visiting the home bases of each social clique, they are basically ridiculed for their audacity to date one another. When Blaine eventually asks the delighted Andie to the prom, he is threatened by his rich friend Steff (James Spader). The romance versus high school social politics finally culminates at the big night of the prom.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
The old-time story line of a rich boy and poor girl getting together gets the John Hughes treatment in Pretty in Pink. Andie Walsh is a special kind of cinematic heroine with a self-styled '80s rebelliousness that is done in pearls and homemade outfits. The scenes of her taking care of her troubled father (Harry Dean Stanton) make for some of the most believable drama. The story does take many obvious turns when Blaine comes into the picture, but the supporting cast fleshes out the standard formula. Jon Cryer is a perfectly endearing Duckie, especially during his record-store impromptu performance of Otis Redding's "Try a Little Tenderness." Annie Potts brings in a radically styled perspective and some of the better comedic moments as Ionia. As the rich snob Steff, James Spader is appropriately vile, even if he looks way too old for high school at age 26. Bringing it all together is the excellent '80s rock and synth pop soundtrack with the Smiths, Echo & the Bunnymen, New Order, and the Psychedelic Furs' title track. However, the final act sours as the everyone seems to step out of character and quickly conform in order to make for a happy ending. But due to the genre, a sentimental ending is warranted and nearly unavoidable. Along with Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink is remembered as one of John Hughes' teen movie classics.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2013
UPC:
0883929303366
Original Release:
1986
Source:
Paramount Catalog
Sales rank:
11,951

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Molly Ringwald Andie Walsh
Harry Dean Stanton Jack Walsh
Jon Cryer Phil "Duckie" Dale
Andrew McCarthy Blane McDonough
Annie Potts Iona
James Spader Steff McKee
Jim Haynie Donnelly
Alexa Kenin Jena
Kate Vernon Benny
Jamison Anders Terrence
Tommy Blatnik Rave-Up
Bruno Coon Talk Back
Audre Johnson Benny's Mom
Jimmer Podrasky Rave-Up
Timothy J. Rave-Up
Andrew Dice Clay Bouncer
Emily Longstreth Kate
Margaret Colin English Teacher
Gina Gershon Girl Friend in Gym Class
Bader Howar Sales Girl
Christian Jacobs Boy in Record Store
Melanie Manos Girl at Party
Maggie Roswell Mrs. Dietz
Dweezil Zappa Simon
Terry Wilson Rave-Up
Jeffrey Hollie Talk Back
David Sutton Talk Back
Kevin Williams Talk Back
Rock Deadrick Talk Back
Karen Laine Girl at Prom
Kristy Swanson Duckette
Kevin D. Lindsay Kevin
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Prom Band

Technical Credits
Howard Deutch Director
Steve Addabbo Songwriter
Arthur Baker Songwriter
Dominick Bruno Songwriter
James B. Campbell Songwriter
Michael Chinich Executive Producer
Reg Connelly Songwriter
John W. Corso Production Designer
Dean Chamberlain Songwriter
Andrew Farris Songwriter
Jack Feldman Songwriter
Tak Fujimoto Cinematographer
Michael Gore Score Composer
Michael Hutchence Songwriter
John Hughes Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Jesse Johnson Songwriter
Neville Keighly Songwriter
Nik Kershaw Songwriter
Terry Kirkman Songwriter
Maggie Lee Songwriter
Douglas H. Leonard Songwriter
Marci Liroff Casting
Barry Manilow Songwriter
Richard Marks Editor
Johnny Marr Songwriter
Morrissey Songwriter
New Order Songwriter
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Songwriter
Kenny Ortega Choreography
Jimmer Podrasky Songwriter
Psychedelic Furs Songwriter
John Robie Songwriter
Winston Sharples Songwriter
Lauren Shuler Producer
Bruce Sussman Songwriter
Marilyn Vance Costumes/Costume Designer
Suzanne Vega Songwriter
Harry Woods Songwriter

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