|Pretty in Pink|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Howard Deutch|
|Produced by||Lauren Shuler|
|Written by||John Hughes|
|Music by||Michael Gore|
|Edited by||Richard Marks|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Box office||$40.4 million (US)|
Pretty in Pink is a 1986 American teen romantic comedy film about love and social cliques in American high schools in the 1980s. A cult classic,it is commonly identified as a "Brat Pack" film. It was directed by Howard Deutch, produced by Lauren Shuler Donner, and written by John Hughes, who also served as co-executive producer. The film was named after a song by the Psychedelic Furs, and the film's soundtrack, which has been acclaimed as among the most brilliant in modern cinema, features a re-recorded version of the song. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark's "If You Leave" became an international hit and charted at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in May 1986.
High school senior Andie Walsh lives with her underemployed working class father Jack in a Chicago suburb. Andie's best friend, the outsider Phil "Duckie" Dale, is in love with her, but is afraid to tell her how he truly feels. In school, Duckie and Andie, along with their friends, are harassed and bullied by the arrogant "richie" kids, specifically Benny Hanson and her boyfriend Steff McKee, who finds Andie attractive and secretively resents having been rejected by her.
While working after school at a record store called TRAX, Andie starts talking about her school's senior prom to her manager Iona, who advises Andie to go, despite not having a date. Blane McDonough, one of the preppy boys and Steff's best friend, starts talking to Andie and eventually asks her out.
On the night of the date, Andie waits for Blane at TRAX, but he is late. Duckie enters and asks Andie to go out with him, but she ignores him. When Blane arrives, Duckie becomes upset and argues with Andie before storming off. Blane brings Andie to Steff's house party, where Andie is mistreated by the rich partygoers. Andie then brings Blane to a local nightclub, where Iona is sitting with Duckie, who is hostile toward Blane. After another argument with Duckie, Andie and Blane walk out of the club. Andie tells Blane that she wants to go home, but refuses to let him bring her there, admitting that she doesn't want him to see where she lives. She eventually allows him to drop her off and he asks her to the prom and they share their first kiss. Andie visits Iona the next day to talk about the date. Meanwhile, Blane, pressured by Steff and his rich friends, begins distancing himself from Andie.
Jack presents Andie with a pink dress that he has bought for her. However, they begin to argue because Jack has been lying about going to a full-time job. Jack breaks down, revealing that he is still bitter and depressed about his wife having left him. At school, Andie confronts Blane for avoiding her and not returning her calls. When asked about the prom, he claims that he had already asked somebody else but had forgotten. Andie calls Blane a liar and tells him that he is ashamed of being seen with her because he knows his rich friends will not approve. Andie runs away as a teary-eyed Blane leaves, with Steff insulting Andie as he passes. Duckie overhears Steff and attacks him in the hallway. The two fight before teachers intervene. Andie goes to Iona, upset about what happened, and asks for Iona's old prom dress.
Using the fabric from Iona's dress and the dress that her father had bought, Andie creates a pink prom dress. When she arrives at the prom, Andie has second thoughts about braving the crowd on her own until she sees Duckie. They reconcile and walk into the ballroom hand in hand. As a drunk Steff begins mocking the couple, Blane confronts him and finally realizes that Steff resents Andie because she had turned down his advances and finally calls him out on his spoiled and entitled attitude and Blane tells Steff that he no longer wishes to associate with him. Blane shakes Duckie's hand and apologizes to Andie, telling her that he always believed in her and that he will always love her, kissing her cheek before walking out. Duckie concedes that Blane is not like the other rich kids at school and advises Andie to go after him, joking that he will never take her to another prom if she does not. Duckie then sees a girl smiling at him, signaling him to come over and dance with her. Andie catches up with Blane in the parking lot and they kiss.
Charlie Sheen was originally considered for the role of Blane, but Ringwald convinced the filmmakers to cast McCarthy for the role instead.
Ringwald lobbied for the producers to cast Robert Downey Jr. as Duckie but agrees that casting Cryer made sense in light of the film's revised ending.
Originally, the film portrayed Andie and Duckie ending up together;however, test audiences disapproved, and the Andie/Blane ending was produced instead. Paramount executives were also apprehensive about the original ending, worried that the film might be perceived as classist and as suggesting that wealthy people and poor people should not interact. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark had selected "Goddess of Love" from the album The Pacific Age for the original ending. With only two days before going on tour, OMD wrote "If You Leave" in less than 24 hours for the newly re-shot Andie/Blane ending. Jon Cryer has stated that he was shocked that the test audience was unhappy about the pairing, and felt that the whole film was built around Andie and Duckie ending up together. John Hughes was always unhappy with the new ending, which led to a falling out with director Howard Deutch.
The film was adapted into a novel written by H. B. Gilmour and Randi Reisfield, released in 1986. It was published by Bantam Books ( ISBN 0-553-25944-X. ISBN 978-0553259445). The book was written before the last scene was changed, so it has the original ending in which Andie winds up with Duckie instead of Blane.
Pretty in Pink was the top-grossing film for the week of March 12, 1986.The film earned US$6.1 million during its opening weekend and $40.5 million during its theatrical run. It was the 22nd-highest-grossing film of 1986.
Rotten Tomatoes reported as of March 2021 that 74% of 54 surveyed critics gave the film a positive review, with an average rating of 6.3/10. The site's consensus reads: "Molly Ringwald gives an outstanding performance in this sweet, intelligent teen comedy that takes an ancient premise and injects it with insight and wit."
Roger Ebert gave the film three stars out of four, criticizing the "old, old, old" plot but praising the performances of Molly Ringwald and Annie Potts, and calling it "a heartwarming and mostly truthful movie, with some nice touches of humor."Janet Maslin of The New York Times wrote, "Fortunately, the actors are mostly likable, and the story is told gently enough to downplay both its trendiness and its conventionality." James Harwood of Variety wrote, "In his mid-30s, John Hughes' much-vaunted teen thinking now seems to be maturing a bit in 'Pretty in Pink,' a rather intelligent (if not terribly original) look at adolescent insecurities ... Teamed with Hughes for the third time, Molly Ringwald is herself growing as an actress, lending 'Pink' a solid emotional center that largely boils down to making the audience care about her." Pauline Kael of The New Yorker wrote that Ringwald "carries the movie, though she has nothing particularly arresting to do or say," and called the film "slight and vapid, with the consistency of watery Jello." Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune gave the film one-and-a-half stars out of four, faulting a "tired script" and Cryer's "one-note performance," though he found Ringwald "absolutely beguiling." Patrick Goldstein of the Los Angeles Times called the film "delightful," adding that "what makes 'Pretty in Pink' such a satisfying, big-hearted film isn't its creaky story line or its somewhat unconvincing conclusion, but the way it lets us watch kids through their own eyes, exploring feelings instead of making caricatures of them. Written by Hughes and directed by newcomer Howard Deutch, the movie neatly captures the nuances of youth, reminding us how the most casual remark can unleash a flood of insecurities." Paul Attanasio of The Washington Post wrote that "for the most part, 'Pretty in Pink' works from a standard formula—rich boy, poor girl—and does little to tweak or reinvent it."
The main cast of Pretty in Pink was featured in an October 15, 2010 issue of Entertainment Weekly that featured reunions with the casts of landmark films and television shows.
|Pretty in Pink|
| Soundtrack album by |
|Released||February 28, 1986|
|Genre||Post-punk, new wave|
|Producer||David Anderle (soundtrack executive producer)|
|Singles from Pretty in Pink|
As with previous films by John Hughes, Pretty in Pink featured a soundtrack composed mostly of new wave music. While director Howard Deutch originally intended the film to primarily contain theme music, Hughes influenced Deutch's decision to use post-punk music throughout the film. The title song by the Psychedelic Furs acted as a bit of inspiration for the film and was re-recorded specifically for the film's opening sequence in a version that was less raw than the original version that appeared on the 1981 album Talk Talk Talk . "Left of Center" was remixed by Arthur Baker. The first track, "If You Leave", by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, was written in 1985 specifically for the film. In addition to their soundtrack song "Shellshock", New Order also contributed an instrumental version of "Thieves Like Us" and the instrumental "Elegia", both of which appear in the film but not on the soundtrack. The Rave-Ups, who appear in the film performing "Positively Lost Me" and "Shut-Up" from their Town and Country album, do not have any songs on the soundtrack album. Nik Kershaw's "Wouldn't It Be Good" appears on the soundtrack in a version by former Three Dog Night vocalist Danny Hutton's band, Danny Hutton Hitters. The Smiths' "Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want" appears on the soundtrack and was later covered by the Autumns for the 2000 Isn't She Still... The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Revisited album.Also noteworthy is the inclusion of Echo & the Bunnymen's "Bring On the Dancing Horses", which, according to the liner notes of the CD release of the band's compilation album Songs to Learn & Sing , was recorded specifically for the film.
The film also includes Otis Redding's "Try a Little Tenderness", to which Duckie lip-synchs in the film, the Association's "Cherish" and Talk Back's "Rudy". These three tracks do not appear on the official soundtrack album.
The soundtrack was released on vinyl by A&M Records in 1986. It was re-released in 2013 as a limited edition on pink-colored vinyl.
The album was listed on the "Best Movie Soundtracks: The 15 Film Music Compilations That'll Change Your Life" list in The Huffington Postand "The 25 Greatest Soundtracks of All Time" list in Rolling Stone . AllMusic rated it four stars out of five.
|1.||"If You Leave"||Andy McCluskey, Paul Humphreys, Martin Cooper||Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark||4:25|
|2.||"Left of Center"||Suzanne Vega/Steve Addabbo||Suzanne Vega with Joe Jackson||3:33|
|3.||"Get to Know Ya"||Johnson||Jesse Johnson||3:34|
|4.||"Do Wot You Do"||Andrew Farriss, Michael Hutchence||INXS||3:16|
|5.||"Pretty in Pink"||John Ashton, Tim Butler, Richard Butler, Vince Ely, Duncan Kilburn, Roger Morris||The Psychedelic Furs||4:40|
|6.||"Shellshock"||New Order, John Robie||New Order||6:04|
|7.||"Round, Round"||Belouis Some||Belouis Some||4:07|
|8.||"Wouldn't It Be Good"||Nik Kershaw||Danny Hutton Hitters||3:44|
|9.||"Bring On the Dancing Horses"||Will Sergeant, Ian McCulloch, Les Pattinson, Pete de Freitas||Echo & the Bunnymen||3:59|
|10.||"Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want"||Johnny Marr, Morrissey||The Smiths||1:51|
|Australia (Kent Music Report)||6|
|US Hot 100||US D/P||US D/S||AUS||CA||IE||NZ||UK|
|1985||"Bring On the Dancing Horses" ||Echo & the Bunnymen||–||–||–||78||–||15||31||21|
|1986||"Shellshock" ||New Order||–||14||26||23||–||18||8||28|
|"If You Leave" ||Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark||4||–||31||15||5||–||5||48|
|"Left of Center" ||Suzanne Vega and Joe Jackson||–||–||–||35||–||28||–||32|
|"Pretty in Pink" ||The Psychedelic Furs||41||–||–||–||61||–||–||18|
|"Round, Round"||Belouis Some||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
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