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

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


James Spader


Andrew McCarthy

Blane McDonnagh

Jim Haynie


Alexa Kenin

Jena Hoeman

Kate Vernon

Benny Hanson

Andrew Dice Clay

'Dice-man' – Bouncer at CATS

(as Andrew 'Dice' Clay)

Emily Longstreth


Margaret Colin

English Teacher

Jamie Anders


Gina Gershon

Trombley, Girl Friend
Gym Class

Bader Howar

Sales Girl

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
(2 March 1986)
(827 Screens)

Gross: $40,471,663

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


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


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.


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