Pretty in Pink

Pretty in Pink

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

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 high

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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 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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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:
460

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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Pretty in Pink 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
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horse123 More than 1 year ago
one of my best old school flicks are Ferris Bueller's Day Off Sizteen Candles and those are the best old school flicks that i know
southerncomfortCA More than 1 year ago
if you grew up in the 80's or wish you had watch this movie even young kids today love it when they see it, amazed how we old folks had some cool flicks back then
Guest More than 1 year ago
¿Pretty in Pink,¿ along with ¿The Breakfast Club¿ and ¿Sixteen Candles¿ are the three movies that made Molly Ringwald America¿s favorite prom date in the 1980¿s. Of the films associated with Ringwald (and the rest of the ¿Brat Pack¿), few are still enjoying any regular circulation now. What is sad is how most of the people who starred in these films and once enjoyed A-List status have fallen beneath the mainstream horizon. The interesting thing is the way these films portray an idealized, bittersweet suburban-princess ghetto that never existed but has become part of American mythology that still draws young people like moths to a flame. The films mentioned at the top of this review, along with ¿Ferris Bueller's Day Off¿ could comprise a modern day ¿golden age¿ legend for exurban teens. ¿Pretty in Pink¿ was probably the most financially successful of Molly¿s follies (it wasn¿t the best or the funniest, that was ¿Sixteen Candles¿) and probably stands as a central monument for that last gasp of films that could unapologetically be about nothing at all and still make for good entertainment. These movies were not made for anyone over 20¿except as guilty pleasures¿and should not be measured or criticized as any more than the fluff they were intended to be...but what¿s wrong with guilty pleasure?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pretty in Pink is a must have for any true movie lover. Basic cinderella story with a little something special. Great movie for a first date.
goodgirl2 More than 1 year ago
THIS HAS ALWAYS BEEN MY FAVORITE MOVIE WITH MOLLY RINGAWALD ITS SO GREAT AS I WATCH IN I QUOTE THE LINES VERY COOL 80'S MOVIE
Guest More than 1 year ago
omg, duckie is so hott in this movie especially in the EVERYTHINGS DUCKIE EDITION & molly ringwald is a very good actor but i dont understand why she didnt go out with duckie oh well her loss lol
Guest More than 1 year ago
IF YOU WANTED TO KNOW WHAT THE 80'S WERE LIKE, THIS MOVIE IS PURE 80'S. LOVED THE MOVIE IN THE 80'S AND STILL LOVE IT NOW!!! IT IS A FEEL GOOD MOVIE THAT WILL HAVE YOU DANCING IN YOUR SEAT.
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