Pretty In Pink Movie Behind The Scenes

Making Pretty In Pink

Blane's a pretty cool guy. Andie's pretty in pink. And Duckie's pretty crazy.
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Blane and Andie get serious


Go behind the scenes on the 1986 Teen Drama movie starring Molly Ringwald, Harry Dean Stanton, Jon Cryer, Annie Potts

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Thanks to Jeanie
The movie was inspired by the Psychedelic Furs song "Pretty in Pink," a slower, more raw version in my opinion to the more upbeat one that the Furs recorded for the movie. Molly Ringwald first told Hughes about the song and it stuck with him. That and Molly's "predisposition toward pink" were the first sparks of inspiration for the script, which changed his original idea of the story from a young man's point of view.
Thanks to Lisa
Michael J. Fox was allegedly originally offered the part of Duckie. After he turned it down, it went to Jon Cryer.
Thanks to Micah Laine And Erin
It was actually Anthony Micheal Hall who was offered the role of Duckie. He turned down the role because he did not want to get stereotyped into that kind of role. He had already played a nerd in THREE other movies for John Hughes (The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles and Wierd Science).
Thanks to Stephanie
Robin Wright Penn auditioned for all the roles in all of John Hughes movies that were given to Molly Ringwald.
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The original ending to this film depicted Duckie getting the girl, however, the 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.
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At the prom, Blane was supposed to kick Steff in his "area" instead of telling Steff off at the end, but test audiences cringed at the sight, so they took that part out and just had Blane tell Steff off.
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The High School where "Pretty in Pink" was shot is the same L.A. high school building that was used for "Grease" - the original with John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John!
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When the cast was originally informed of Alexa Kenin's death, they were told she died of asthma complications.
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When the ending to "Pretty in Pink" was re-shot, all of the principle actors had to be called back. Andrew McCarthy had already lost a substantial amount of weight and shaved his head for a new role in a New York play called "The Boys of Winter." Although he wore an auburn wig, he's noticeably more gaunt in the reshot scenes.
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Although Andie, Blane, Duckie and Steff are all supposed to be high school seniors (17-18 years old), Jon Cryer was 21 years old, Andrew McCarthy was 23 years old, and James Spader was 26 years old when the movie was released in 1986. Only Molly Ringwald was actually 18.
Thanks to Stephanie
Tracey Ullman auditioned for the role of Iona but her British accent kept on getting in the way of her attempts to do an American accent.
Paramount really wanted Jennifer Beals over Molly Ringwald in the film but John Hughes and director Howard Deutch fought hard to convince the studio that Molly was perfect for the part. Also, Charlie Sheen tried out for the role of Blane and Robert Downey Jr. was considered for the role of Duckie.

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Thanks to Joanne Saunders
When I originally saw the movie, I recall the scene where Andie is looking at Prom dresses and sees Benny trying one on; she then sees Benny's friend and tries to avoid her and knocks over a store mannequin. This small scene is ommitted from any version seen since. I am wondering if it was cut out at a later stage or if I imagined the whole thing!!
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I had the pleasure of seeing Pretty in Pink recently at the AFI Silver Theatre & Cultural Center. In Andie and Blane's first encounter at the record store, "Do Wot You Do" by INXS is playing. In the DVD version, the song is scrapped from the scene. Also, in this scene in the movie theater version, you can hear Iona's phone conversation clearly in the background, whereas in the DVD version, it's muffled. In the movie theater version, when Duckie forwards through the songs on Andie's tape in the car as they're driving by those beautiful mansions, none of the songs are ones we're familiar with. In the same scene in the DVD version, the songs are ones we know and are from the film's soundtrack (OMD's "If You Leave" and the Psychedelic Furs' "Pretty in Pink"). In the infamous gym scene in the movie theater version, Andie is clearly wearing these weird green tights with big holes in them. This is not so clear in the DVD version in which she is wearing the same tights, but unless you've seen them up close in the movie theater version, her legs do look like they have all these weird veins on them.

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