Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about movies and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the movie urban legends featured so far.
MOVIE URBAN LEGEND: Pretty in Pink originally ended with Andie and Duckie together.
Pretty in Pink was a 1986 romantic comedy written by John Hughes and directed by Howard Deutch that starred Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy, James Spader and Jon Cryer.
The film centered on Ringwald’s working class Andie and her relationship with McCarthy’s upper class Blaine, countered with her relationship with her best friend, Duckie (played by Cryer).
Spader played Blaine’s rich friend, Steff, who pressures Blaine to not date Andie (as it turns out, Steff’s anger is mostly based on Andie spurning his advances earlier in the film). Besides perhaps the soundtrack (and James Spader’s amazing performance as the villainous Steff), the film is best remembered for the best friend who wished he could get the girl, Duckie.
However, while the film ends with Andie and Blaine together, in the original version, Duckie actually did get the girl!
Read on to see why that ending failed and how Robert Downey Jr. actually played a small part in it all…
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