Original ending to ‘Pretty in Pink’ uncovered. WHAT!

Original ending to ‘Pretty in Pink’ uncovered along with other John Hughes scripts | ’80s music, John Hughes movies, big hair: Stuck in the ’80s | tampabay.com & St. Petersburg Times.

I love Pretty in Pink. Like, LURVE it. I have probably seen this movie no less than 67 times. Every nuance, every facial expression, every line…I’ve devoured them all. (The montage where Andie makes her prom dress? Swoon!)

So when I went to Amazon to see if it had been converted into a high-def DVD yet, I was shocked – SHOCKED! – to see that the original ending was supposed to be Duckie and Andie ending up together.

Why didn’t I know this? I feel betrayed by Hollywood! John Hughes probably did, too.

It makes a lot of sense, if you think about it. I mean, when I first started watching this movie back when I was a kid, the part where Andie says to Duckie, “Should we dance?” and he replies, “It wouldn’t be unheard of,” and then they cut to the close-up of their hands linking together….it leads you to believe they really have gone beyond the Friend Zone and a deep, tender kiss is just moments away!

Then Blane shows up and ruins everything with his awkward speech, crossed eyes, and “I love you.” And poor Duckie has to suck it up and take it and shake the dude’s hand. And THEN we have to watch Andie end the movie by going, “Blane?” and they make out in the parking lot. FIN.

WTF?

I am sitting here stunned right now. I feel like shouting that I want my childhood back. Of course Andie and Duckie should have ended up together! Duckie cleaned up very well by that prom, just sayin’.

Ugh. Heartache.

What do you think? Original ending or Hollywood ending? (If you haven’t seen this film, I couldn’t recommend anything more highly. See it. Do it. Now.)

Edit! I finally purchased this movie on DVD with all the extra goodies in it and Molly Ringwald said that she and Jon Cryer didn’t have more than a brother/sister chemistry on set. When they went to shoot the original ending, it just didn’t work. Furthermore, when they did a test screening, the viewers HATED it! So six months after they had finished shooting, they had to call the actors back to do the reshoot and make Andie and Blane end up together. This also explains why Blane’s hair looks like crap in the prom scene, because it’s actually a wig. He had shaved his head for another production and the wig was the best they could do. All of the actors were making fun of it. I feel better about the ending now, especially because John Hughes was the one who came up with the ending and understood why it was happening the way it was. I can sleep at night now.

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Comments

  1. original ending! i’ll be honest…in my youth i definitely would’ve chosen the hot guy over the best friend who was not as cute…shallow? probably… 😉

  2. Hot guy who is rich, let’s not forget. But yeah, I know what you mean.

    Another friend of mine pointed out that Duckie was the gay best man in waiting but I said I believed that to be on Jon Cryer’s part more than anything else.

    I guess I just like knowing that John Hughes wanted the guy who PINES for the girl to get her. Unrequited love is one of the worst things out there!

  3. Genevieve Gutierrez says:

    It should have been duckie

  4. Duckie. Blane did not know how to dress, his friends were assholes. Unrequited love? that was Duckie all the way. He was totally Andie’s friend all the time, and she was *happy* with him. I don’t care if it was “Crossing class lines” blah blah blah. Blane was an ambivalent asshole. Rich or poor, still an asshole

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