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  • Actors: Molly Ringwald, Jon Cryer, Harry Dean Stanton, Annie Potts, James Spader
  • Directors: Howard Deutch
  • Writers: John Hughes
  • Producers: Jane Vickerilla, John Hughes, Lauren Shuler Donner, Michael Chinich
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Oct. 2003
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006JY0R
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 532 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A young girl from "the wrong side of town" exposes the heartless vacancy of the class structure that rules her school and falls in l ove with the doting, acid-tongued nerd that she's grown up with.

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The era of Molly Ringwald's profitable collaboration with writer-producer-director John Hughes (Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club) was at its peak with this 1986 film (directed by Howard Deutch but in every sense part of the developing Hughes empire). 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. As was the case in the mid-'80s, Hughes (who wrote the script and produced the film) brought his special feel for the cross-currents of adolescent life to this story. In its very commercial way, it is an honest, entertaining piece about growing pains. The attractive supporting cast (many of whom are much better known now) does a terrific job, and Ringwald and Cryer have excellent chemistry. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Gershwin on 21 Feb. 2008
Format: DVD
This is one of those very rare things, a teen romance movie which has a wonderfully sincere and genuine heart at it's centre. A young woman named Andie is it's main character, a high school senior who comes from an underprivileged background. Her father is superbly played by Harry Dean Stanton.

Andie is convincingly played by Molly Ringwald, and the film is charming, subtle, and lacking the kind of knowing, worldly-wise scripts which are characteristic of teen romance movies of the twenty-first century. Andie is best friends with 'Duckie', a young man with a unique and individual sense of style who would actually like to be in a relationship with Andie. Yet Andie has her sights set on Blaine, a rich young man who she meets at the record shop where she works.

The plot is fairly simplistic, yet it's the genuine honesty and sincerity of Molly Ringwald's performance that steals the show. Fearing that she isn't good enough for the wealthy Blaine, her fears are confirmed when he fails to get in touch for several days. The snobbery of Blaine's friends is generally frowned upon in the film, and director John Hughes almost seems to be striking a blow for individual and down-to-earth misfits like Andie and Duckie.

Which is what makes 'Pretty In Pink' such a great film. It's a romance of a more innocent era, when superficiality and materialism weren't always the order of the day, when there were more young people who were willing to have their own unique style and an aesthetic which didn't come straight off a rack. Andie, with her home-made creations and unusual ensembles is the charm at the heart of this wonderfully innocuous teen romance movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. J. Collins on 7 Sept. 2009
Format: DVD
I was familiar with pretty in pink along with other john Hughes films however being 16 i wasn't around in the 80's, which is a shame because 80's "teen" films especially by john Hughes are really good. After watching the breakfast club on TV i decided to buy some John Hughes films and being familiar with them i thought they would really appeal to me - And i wasn't wrong. With john Hughes films including pretty in pink it feels like John put real heart into his films and cared a lot about his characters especially less fortunate characters such as geeks. He's very kind to teens and seems to express their characters,feelings and lives very well. Pretty in pink is a warm-hearted film with good characters. For me and it seems many other really like "duckie" , he's a lovely character and very funny. For me duckie and his relationship with Andie is the best aspect of the film. the music is also very good. its definatley a classic and is brilliant as are most of John Hughes films of this era.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 7 Oct. 2002
Format: DVD
A very welcome reissue in DVD format. Another "right of passage" film from the John Hughes stable, with a Romeo and Juliet slant. Molly Ringwald is perfectly cast, again, as Andie, a misfit high school student, who is facing convention and prejudice in the face. Also stars a very young James Spader (Stargate SG1 film fame) who has improved with age. Andie falls for Blain,"that's not a name it's a food mixer" played by Andrew McCarthy - another stalwart of late 80s brat-pack movies. Blain comes from the right side of the tracks, where as Andie is not so comfortably off and has her own quirky fashion style, who is into vintage clothes before it came fashionable this season. Andie has another suitor "Duckie" who is similarly unconventional, whose efforts to win Andie's affections are not subtle and he acts like a lovesick teenager.
A splendid feelgood movie with a soundtrack that will send you straight back to the "alternative 80s" when I was young - The Smiths, OMD (maybe not so alternative), New Order and of course the wonderful Psychedelic Furs "Pretty in Pink" whose lyrics do not match the film's plot but who cares - it's a cracking song!
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By Pete Johnson VINE VOICE on 24 April 2013
Format: DVD
A 1986 American romantic drama, with High School kids fretting over relationships and Prom dances. Come on, me? It should just go into the bin, surely? But no, you would miss out on some great performances, good characterisations, and some young actors really stepping up, to lift his film out of its brat-pack roots. You even get Harry Dean Stanton, as the pouting Molly Ringwald's dad.
This hackneyed tale of poor girl from the wrong side of the tracks, falling for rich boy she can't have, is just that. But it's better than that, so much better, and the reason is simplicity itself. Because they all take it so seriously, playing their parts as if they are in a Stephen Soderbergh Art House film, many years later. (And some were). We get early flashes of brilliance from James Spader, as the slimy friend of the object of Molly's Ringwald's desire, and a quiet, sleepy turn from Andrew McCarthy, as the boy himself.
What seals the deal for me, is the fantastic performance by Jon Cryer, as the socially inept Duckie, who has always loved the girl, and is prepared to sacrifice everything for her happiness. His mimed performance of Otis Redding's `Try a little tenderness', across the floor of a record shop, is one of my favourite moments in cinema. Then there is the title song, performed by the Psychedelic Furs, but only over the closing credits, at least on my version. Pop magic.
Oh yes, there is a happy ending too, sorry about that.
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