The John Hughes classic first hit theaters on Feb. 28, 1986.
Pretty in Pink is a teen classic from the '80s. The 1986 film starred Molly Ringwald as Andie, a high school student whose style made her an outcast among her more affluent peers. Also in the film are preppy dreamboat Blane (Andrew McCarthy) and Andie's hipster friend, Duckie (Jon Cryer). This was Molly Ringwald’s third and final project with the movie's writer, John Hughes, who she had previously worked with on 1984’s Sixteen Candles and 1985’s The Breakfast Club. The film enjoyed commercial success and has since gone on to become a cult classic. Let's take a look at 7 secrets you probably didn't know about the movie.
Though Hughes didn’t direct the film, he knew that Ringwald was the perfect person to play the part. Other actresses considered to play Andie in her stead were Tatum O’Neal, Lori Loughlin, Diane Lane, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Brooke Shields if Ringwald didn't initially accept the role but it all worked out in the end.
Molly Ringwald in Pretty in Pink, 1986 pic.twitter.com/LAUUb0uzVh— Cinespia (@cinespia) March 4, 2020
Ringwald was the one who provided the bucket hats, the blazers, and the piles of costume jewelry from her own collection.
Pretty in Pink (1986) - Andie & Iona pic.twitter.com/nuibMrCAHJ— Neil (@neilbelieves) November 4, 2021
Anthony Michael Hall was in fact offered the role but he turned it down soon after The Breakfast Club, which was released one year earlier, as he didn't want to be typecast.
Jon Cryer as Duckie in Pretty in Pink pic.twitter.com/JcVjVdiYth— Nyanderful (@Nyanderful2230) June 29, 2021
Ringwald wasn't a fan and suggested Andrew McCarthy after seeing his performance in St. Elmo's Fire.
Duckie's famous Pretty in Pink dance for director Howard Deutch blew everyone away but the scene caused a lot of frustration on set as they hadn't budgeted enough time into the schedule to film it properly.
Molly was dating Dweezil Zappa, son of the legendary shock-rocker Frank Zappa at the time. Dweezil Zappa briefly appeared in the movie: his first ever in a feature film.
Andie was meant to be with Duckie, not Blane! Jon Cryer was even initially disappointed at the outcome. But test audiences objected that Andie had picked the wrong guy in the first draft, hence, the original ending.
Sometimes I realise I'm still not over Andie picking Blane over Duckie in Pretty In Pink. pic.twitter.com/4MmCbdyBTS— Abbie Button (@Abbs_Button) May 22, 2020
At the reunion, Ringwald admitted that she doesn’t imagine that Andie and Blane lasted, as a couple. But she's absolutely certain that Andie and Duckie remained friends for life. “I’m sure that Duckie has come out by now,” Ringwald joked to EW.