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Pretty in Pink - the ultimate 80s classic

Updated on June 9, 2015

The best 80s teen film

Originally released in 1986, Pretty in Pink is the 80s teen movie and one of my all-time favourites.

From the absolutely cracking title song by The Psychedelic Furs, to the the top performances by Jon Cryer, Molly Ringwald and Harry Dean Stanton, to name a few, this is the ultimate girly teen film to make you cry (well it always makes me!).

I was mid-teens (whisper it) in '86 and was always a little bit different to all the other girls. I liked to read, had my own style, loved music and was probably a bit of a nerd, but in a good way... Then along came this film that celebrated everything I loved and it included the coolest and best fictional character in the world; Duckie Dale, (swoon) and the leading lady (Ringwald) had a name that was the fabbest around - Andie.

A bit of background in case you don't know

Andie Walsh lives on the 'wrong side of the tracks', she and her Dad don't have much money, but they always find a way to get by. Andie is so creative with her style and fashion sense and makes all her own clothes by recycling old and vintage ones (before it was fashionable) and turning them into something new.

Andie has two great friends, one is in the same high school year as her. Duckie Dale (the amazing Jon Cryer) has always been there but now in his teenage years he has an enormous crush on her, but Andie hardly sees him, he's just her friend Duckie - and certainly not in that way, and Duckie hides it anyway in only the way he can. Iona (played by the lovely Annie Potts) runs the TRAX record store that Andie works at (I so wanted that job!) and is a great friend too, taking on a bit of a big sister role, so a few of the scenes take place here - in fact one of the best; who can forget Duckie's version of Otis Redding's 'Try a Little Tenderness'?

Some could argue that Pretty in Pink is a modern version of Romeo and Juliet, though it's not really family clans against each other, more the rich boy (Blane played by Andrew McCarthy) meets poor girl, and the preppie jocks (including James Spader) up against the new wave wierdos. Basically there's always going to be trouble. Sensitive rich boy meets cool and different girl, boy and girl come up against peer group issues, rich boy caves, poor girl hurts... and I won't spoil the rest just in case you haven't seen it...!

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The alternate ending

Not too long after the film came out Jackie magazine in the UK serialized the book version, which is where I found out about the original intended ending of the film. I have to say this is without doubt my preferred ending, and another reason why I bawl my eyes out at the film, the wrong guy gets the girl in my opinion.

But even though this happens it's still one of my all-time faves. Brilliant story, amazing characters, played by wonderful actors and the best soundtrack EVER, this is why Pretty in Pink this is the best 80s movie.

THE BEST 80s movie EVER!

5 stars for Pretty in Pink

Want a different version...?

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

Watch out for this one - lots of extras but they don't actually show you the original ending, just talk about it - don't get caught out!


Let me take you back...

I couldn't resist. The Duck man in full swing. Just turn up the sound!

The BEST film title song EVER!

Want something similar? Try these...

The Breakfast Club (Flashback Edition)
The Breakfast Club (Flashback Edition)

Another of the classic 80s brat pack John Hughes movies. Another I fell in love with. Molly Ringwald again plus Judd Nelson and a few others...

Some Kind of Wonderful (Special Collector's Edition)
Some Kind of Wonderful (Special Collector's Edition)

Another 80s teen classic. This is another household favourite.


Trip down memory lane? You got it here - the original Pretty in Pink film trailer...

© 2013 DreyaB

What are your best memories of Pretty in Pink, or do you have another favourite teen movie?

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I've probably seen this movie four or five times. I'm not sure what there is about it that I like so much, but I do enjoy it.

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      DreyaB 3 years ago from France

      Well Brite-Ideas if you want an 80s trip down memory lane this is the one for you. I still watch it now and I don't think it's as cheesy as some of the other 80s movies - the storyline is still great. Thanks for stopping by. :0)

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I barely remember this movie! but I know I watched it, because your page reminded me that yes, indeed, I have seen this movie!

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      DreyaB 3 years ago from France

      I so love this film, though I couldn't tell you how many times I've watched it!

      It sounds like you have quite a collection of creatures there... I was lucky to be part of a good community at the old place and I'm looking forward to adding to it here on HP. Finding new people to connect with is one of the pros with moving over, so I hope we do. :0)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I've seen this movie probably ten times, and still find it hilarious. Great film. I was looking at your profile and all the animals you have.....I have two dogs, a cat, six chickens, twenty quail, and two rabbits. I think you and I are going to connect quite well. :)

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      DreyaB 4 years ago from France

      @teri-aldersey: I know those kind of moments - it's great how they stick isn't it and I agree with you about how good it is. Well I would wouldn't I? ;0) Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment. :0)

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      teri-aldersey 4 years ago

      One of the significant moments in my life, watching this for the first time with my big sis in her bedroom! I cried from the middle of the film until I fell asleep that night! Woke up the next morning with flu!! Love it, love it, love it!

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      DreyaB 4 years ago from France

      @AmyLOrr: I couldn't agree with you more Amy. It's completely fab! Thanks too for popping by. :0)

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      AmyLOrr 4 years ago

      This is one of my favourite films of all time - I love everything about it! And the soundtrack... it was amazing :) :)

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      DreyaB 4 years ago from France

      @Charito1962: Yes, one of mine too - of course! Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by. :0)

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      This is one of my favorite '80s films. Loved Andrew McCarthy! - Ms. Charito from the Philippines

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      DreyaB 4 years ago from France

      @BenjaminFrancs: Me too! Not being in the States, I hadn't really realised she was back and well. That's good to know. Thanks for stopping by. :0)

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      Martina 4 years ago from Croatia, Europe

      I haven't watched this movie and to be honest, I don't have any typical film that I like; but very nice review. :)

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      BenjaminFrancs 4 years ago

      I love this movie and I love Molly Ringwald. I'm glad that she is looking healthy and doing well. In the 90's she was out of the limelight. Then maybe a few years ago, she reappeared. I was glad that she didn't end up the average child star path.

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      DreyaB 4 years ago from France

      @MarathonRunning: Thanks MarathonRunning. If you ever fancy watching a great 80s teen film with a bit of an edge, then I'd certainly suggest you give this a go. :0)

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      DreyaB 4 years ago from France

      @TheCozyDinosaur: I know! You might like to read the book if you can still get it. Things work out a little better there... Thanks so much for taking the time to pop by. :0)

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      TheCozyDinosaur 4 years ago

      I agree with you... the wrong guy does get the girl. Sigh, too bad...

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      DreyaB 4 years ago from France

      @Michelllle: It was brilliant wasn't it? Def. one of the best and yes, I'm of the age to remember cassettes... ;0)

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      DreyaB 4 years ago from France

      @vsajewel: Thanks vsajewel. It's certainly one of the best and the 80s had some great ones. I'm not sure where a lot of the actors are now though...

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      DreyaB 4 years ago from France

      @anonymous: Thank you GlitterNMe! It's great isn't it... :0)

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      Michelllle 4 years ago

      I loved the soundtrack. Remember cassettes? : )

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      vsajewel 4 years ago

      Great review! I loved this movie too and the others you have listed below. I think this was the first movie I watched with Molly Ringwald, and she, along with the rest of the 'Brat Pack' were some of our favorite actors in the '80's.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This one of my all time favs also! Nice lens!

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      DreyaB 4 years ago from France

      @ayannavenus: Thanks ayannavenus. Glad you liked it! :0)

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      ayannavenus 4 years ago

      cool review

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      DreyaB 4 years ago from France

      @Erin Mellor: I bet that was so cool! Ferris Bueller was another absolute classic. Thank you so much for stopping by. :0)

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      Erin Mellor 4 years ago from Europe

      I could not wait until the kids in my life were old enough to watch these and Ferris Bueller


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