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It should have been Duckie!

Updated on December 30, 2010

Would you have picked Duckie or Blane? For me it's a no-brainer!

Did you ever see the John Hughes movie Pretty in Pink? If so, how did you find the ending? Did it feel like there was something amiss? I always thought that Andie (Molly Ringwald) should've chosen Duckie (Jon Cryer) in the end, after all he was there for her all the time -- especially when Blane (Andrew McCarthy), the guy she ended up choosing, did not stand up for her in front of his rich, snobby friend Steff and the rest of the billionaire boys & girls club. What was that all about?

Well, the truth is what we saw was not the original ending. Prince Charming should've been Duckie like we knew in our hearts all along.

I actually liked Pretty in Pink the first time I saw it in the 80s, even though I felt bad for Duckie at the end of the movie. Learning the truth a couple of decades later stirred up that feeling again. Read on and I'll show you why I, and a lot of other movie fans, think Duckie deserved a chance.

Blane or Duckie -- who's it gonna be?

Blane or Duckie -- who's it gonna be?
Blane or Duckie -- who's it gonna be?

Cast your votes here.

Who did you want Andie to end up with, Duckie or Blaine?

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Would you have picked Duckie or Blaine? - Your thoughts are most welcome.

If you were Andie, would you have chosen Duckie or Blane?

I'm with Duckie all the way!

I'm with Duckie all the way!

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    • Morgan 2 years ago

      I just discovered your blog, and was toltaly impressed with the number of entrys you get! Had to add mine in with the lot, lots of great inspiration to check out! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      Duckie was pure awesomeness. He was funny, charming, dressed fabulously and most importantly he cared for Andy a lot more than Blane ever did. Blane was just so blahh, he has no personality whatsoever, and I never felt his connection with Andy. I necer understood Andy for no falling for Duckie.

    • brookeloveslotr 3 years ago

      Duckie because he truly cares about Andie as a friend and I think good love starts with good friendship. Blaine seems too perfect and fake.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      obviously duckie, he was funny and just generally fabulous

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I wanted her and duckie to end up, but truthfully she doesn't deserve duckie. He was always there and that's exactly how she saw him...as an extra or a rebound. Duckie was the best of the whole movie.my personal fav...

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      duckie because he is so adorable and sweet

      and blaine ehh he's not that great like

      Duckie say i live to like you that was so cute.

      I want a Duckie

      maybe someday :)<3

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Duckie was awesome. He loved Andie for all the right reasons. They were soulmates. Blane was a "richie." A tool. Total loser. He couldn't even stand up to his psycho friend who clearly had the hots for Andie. I grew to hate this movie because Blane DID NOT deserve Andie.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Duckie!!!!!! I was so upset that she didn't end up with Duckie. But when I watched the bonus feature on the DVD it was Duckie but they did a test run showing the audience wanted Blane. So I guess back in 1986 they wanted Blane. But no matter what I am team Duckie all the way. If they do a remake please have her end up w/ Duckie!!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Duckie is amazing! he loves her and he is really unique. blaine isn't good enough for her! plus duckies hot.

    • ThatsYourPeople 6 years ago

      Duckie was the man. I spent the entire movie wondering what she saw in Blaine then completely lost respect for her when she picked him.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Duckie! I mean Blaine was too much of a pussy to stick up for Andie to his best friend. And he never introduced her as a girlfriend or anything like that. Not to mention, he took her to some party she didn't want to go to begin with.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      yesssssss im 12 years old...and i tottaly love this movie i saw this movie like afteryesterday.... and i see every day two n a half men just to see the old duckie...jajaja.... I love duckieee... <3

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Duckie!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      people don't know that it wasn't filmed as writer wanted so it was remade as Somekind of wonderful where the Andy(Eric Stoltz) ended up with Ducky(Mary Stewart Masterson). That was supposed to be the really story line of Pretty in pink. Pretty in Pink is a Bastard child of the original screenplay!!!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Duckie!!!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Duckie!

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      no flippin way would i choose blane he is uglier than vin diesel!

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      duckie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! he stuck by andie all the way and never did anything to hurt her, and never doubted that he liked her unlike blane........ so i choose duckie.! he is the best!!!!!!!!! i love duckie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      Duckie is uber awesome!

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      duckie ! blane is cute and all but duckie was always there for andie, how could she be so blind and ungrateful ?! And anyway, who can say no to that cutie pie face of duckie's ? :3

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      duckieeeee <3<3<3

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      The Duckman of Course

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      Duckie! No doubt about it.

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      Duckie

    • Patricia 7 years ago

      Duckie for sure!

    • Cynthia Arre 7 years ago from Quezon City

      Every girl needs a Duckie Dale in her life - someone reliable, cool (well, in an alterna-hip kind of way) and romantic.

    Andie got it right. Team Blane forever!

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      • anonymous 4 years ago

        blane is sweet and hot

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Blane! I mean yeah Duckie's always been the best friend and always there, but Andie didn't have the feelings for him, she didn't like him that way. He was in love with her, but she just thought of him as a friend. There wouldn't have chemistry if it ended with Duckie. Blane and Andie were so cute together! It showed rich and poor people can be together. In the end, Blane chose her over his friends and realized its where he should be.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        duckie is way sexier than blaine i think blaine is ugly and ducki is way funnier and fun !

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        BLANE,i like duckie but he's her best friend but sometimes u just don't love them like that no matter how much they r in love with u (i've been through it)

        blane is hot and romantic and he does care for andie u saw from the star he had a crush on her he even said he will always love her plus he treated her with respect and made her smile

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        Blane! I fell in love with him too!

      Duckie vs. Blane: The short of it - Pretty in Pink's plot in 2 minutes and 12 seconds.

      If you haven't seen Pretty in Pink and have no idea what I'm talking about, check out this short, and may I add, very funny, video explaining why Duckie should've been IT.

      Better yet, just go watch the movie first - And then tell me what you think later.

      The Pretty in Pink (Everything's Duckie Edition) DVD has a featurette called "The Lost Dance" which describes the original ending wherein Duckie ends up getting the girl. It was also revealed that test audiences said they would have preferred to see Blane win Andie's heart. Additionally, Molly Ringwald was sick during the filming of the ending and John Hughes wasn't satisfied with the editing. He was also concerned that audiences would take the original ending as a message that poor people and rich people don't belong together.

      Well, despite the ending mishap, I actually did like the movie in its entirety. It's a John Hughes classic that's reflective of teenage life back in the 80s and should definitely be part of any generation X-er's collection.

      Pretty in Pink (Everything's Duckie Edition)
      Pretty in Pink (Everything's Duckie Edition)

      From Amazon: The era of Molly Ringwald's profitable collaboration with writer-producer-director John Hughes was at its peak with this 1986 film. Ringwald plays a high school girl on the budget side of the tracks, living with her warm and loving father (Harry Dean Stanton) and usually accompanied by her insecure best friend (Jon Cryer). When a wealthy but well-meaning boy (Andrew McCarthy) asks her out, her perspective is overturned and Cryer's character is threatened.

       

      The famous "Try A Little Tenderness" Duckie performance - His fantastic Otis Redding impression.


      Duckman T-Shirt

      Diablo Cody talked to Jon Cryer (Duckie) in 2008 about Pretty in Pink and he reveals in the three-part interview that Molly Ringwald (Andie) was very close to producer John Hughes and she had convinced him to make her character end up with Blane (Andrew McCarthy) because she had a crush on the actor. He also reveals in the video I've attached below that Robert Downey Jr. was initially cast for the part of Duckie and that if it had been Robert instead of Jon who played the role, Molly would have agreed for her character to end up with Duckie. Uh-huh.

      Molly pretty much confirms that she had a crush on Robert Downey in the DVD featurette "All About Molly".

      Part 1 / Part 2 (watch it below) / Part 3

      And if there's anything perfect about the movie at all, it's the soundtrack:

      Pretty In Pink: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
      Pretty In Pink: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

      Few filmmakers managed to capture the awkward coming-of-age catastrophes of '80s teens the way John Hughes did, just as few soundtracks encapsulate the sound of an era better than this one does. It's not the best 1986 had to offer, but it's a cohesive whole, transporting the listener to that other time, imagined or otherwise. There's enough variety to ensure that it doesn't become wallpaper, and very little filler. "Left of Center" by Suzanne Vega, with Joe Jackson on piano, is tremendous and transcends generations. Psychedelic Furs frontman Richard Butler has long been bemused about Hughes not taking Molly Ringwald's character's name from the title song, which inspired the film, but everyone was paying too much attention to what Ducky was wearing to notice anyway. --Scott Wilson

       

      His name is Blane? That's a major appliance, that's not a name!

      His name is Blane? That's a major appliance, that's not a name!
      His name is Blane? That's a major appliance, that's not a name!

      Your thoughts are most welcome!

      Is there anything else you'd like to add? - Let me know.

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          AmyLOrr 3 years ago

          I loved Duckie but I don't think he could have made Andie happy because she didn't love him in that way. I didn't think she should have ended up with Blaine though, not after the way he treated her. Great lens :)

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          dc64 lm 7 years ago

          It definitely should have been Duckie! What was she thinking?

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          luvmyludwig lm 7 years ago

          I love pretty in pink and I like how it ended, but now that I think about it, it would have been better the other way....interesting to learn about the ending switch. Great job!

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          I always liked to think they would make a sequel and she would wise up and pick Duckie. Never happened though.

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          Patricia 7 years ago

          I like him in Two and a half men and I remember this movie, saw it several times. I think I was a teenager when it was out.