Pretty in Pink
Eleven years ago, writer/director John Hughes died of a heart attack on a Manhattan street corner. The man behind classic 80s teen films, like The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, had been called “the voice of a generation.” To our programming coordinator, Tim Anderson, he was more than that. “Hughes was the J.D. Salinger of my lifetime,” says Anderson, “a single man, who chronicled the painful transition of adolescence.” Hughes’s films are touchstone reminders of what it is like to be awkward and socially inept as we all have tried to navigate the labyrinthine hallways of High School, USA. We look forward to taking you on a journey through teenage truth – perhaps not everyone’s truth, but the truth of a bunch of kids (and a computer-generated female Frankenstein) from the fictional town of Shermer, Illinois.
80’s teen sensations Molly Ringwald (Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club) and Andrew McCarthy (St. Elmo’s Fire) drew raves for their starring performances in this hit love story by John Hughes (The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off). She’s a high school girl from the wrong side of town. He’s the wealthy heart-throb who asks her to the prom. But as fast as their romance builds, it’s threatened by the painful reality of peer pressure. A bittersweet story with an upbeat ending and a phenomenal rock score, Pretty in Pink also stars Harry Dean Stanton, Jon Cryer, James Spader and Annie Potts.
USA,1986, 96 minutes, Rated PG-13, Directed by Howard Deutch