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In February 28 1986, was released the movie ‘Pretty In Pink’. The iconic film talks about the teenager Andie, who 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?
Stars: Molly Ringwald, Jon Cryer, Harry Dean Stanton
Director: John Hughes
To celebrate the 30th anniversary, here are some of the curiosities about this movie.
- Filmed in the same L.A. high school where Grease (1978) was made.
- The movie is dedicated to Alexa Kenin and Bruce Weintraub. Kenin, who played Jena, was murdered in New York just before the movie was released. Set decorator/production designer Weintraub (who had been Oscar-nominated for Prizzi’s Honor (1985)) died of AIDS at age 33; Pretty in Pink (1986) was the last movie he worked on before his death.
- Anthony Michael Hall turned down the role of Duckie.
- 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.
- When Andie comes back to her room to study with Duckie, the soda can she’s holding says Coca Cola on one side & has the Pepsi on the other side.
- In spite of their chemistry on-screen, Jon Cryer (Duckie) has stated that both of his co-stars Molly Ringwald (Andie) and Andrew McCarthy (Blane) found him “irritating” from day one. Cryer, who describes himself as a “very outgoing person” believes his attitude was the reason he never got along with the very reserved Ringwald and McCarthy.
- Tatum O’Neal, Lori Loughlin, Diane Lane, Sarah Jessica Parker and Brooke Shields were each considered for the role of Andie.
- The genesis of this project emerged when Molly Ringwald asked writer ‘John Hughes(I)’ (QV) to write a movie based on ‘The Psychedelic Furs’ (QV) song “Pretty in Pink”, which was her favorite song song at the time.
- Released ten days after Molly Ringwald’s 18th birthday in the United States.
- A novel for the film was adapted and released in the same year of the film’s release. H.B. Gilmour was the author.