Well, it seems like just yesterday, but the classic film Pretty in Pink is 24 years old! What? How did that happen? So I guess it qualifies as vintage lol. I love this movie, and know many do, since it has a cult type following. Here are some fun facts about the film. Tell me what you thought about it then and now…have a great weekend friends!
–Pretty in Pink was filmed in the same L.A. high school where Grease (1978) was made.
–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.
–The Rave-Ups are the band playing in the club scene. Star Molly Ringwald was apparently a fan of their music and her sister had a child with one of the band members. Also, in Sixteen Candles (1984), “The Rave-Ups” is scrawled on the notebook Molly’s character is carrying while walking down a corridor after study hall.
–“If You Leave”, performed by Andy McCluskey, was not the original song Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark had composed for this movie. Their song “Goddess of Love” was the original composition, but it did not fit when the ending was changed.
–The movie is dedicated to Alexa Kenin and Bruce Weintraub. Kenin, who played Jena, was murdered in New York just after the movie was released.
–When the ending was re-shot, all of the principal 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 re-shot scenes.
–This is Molly Ringwald’s favorite among her own films.
–Anthony Michael Hall turned down the role of Duckie.
–“Simon” is played by Dweezil Zappa and there is a sign inside the Trax music store that says “Dweezil” is the Pick of the Week. He was also Molly Ringwald’s boyfriend at the time.
–John Hughes was allegedly unhappy with the ending. He wanted Andie to get together with Duckie. But the film’s ending of Andie getting together with Blaine was forced upon him by the studio. In retaliation, Hughes virtually made the same film all over again the following year with Some Kind of Wonderful (1987), a film about a similar love triangle. Hughes wanted Molly Ringwald to star in it as well, but she refused. Hughes took it personally, and effectively ended their working relationship. They never worked together again.
–Jodie Foster turned down the role of Andie.
–Tatum O’Neal, Lori Loughlin, Diane Lane, Sarah Jessica Parker and Brooke Shields were each considered for the role of Andie.
–Charlie Sheen auditioned for the role of Blane.