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Original ending to 'Pretty in Pink' uncovered along with other John Hughes scripts

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Ever want to read a John Hughes movie script just as the master wrote it? Wish granted. A website called Scriptcollector has found 10 screenplays from the late '80s god/director.

Among the scripts you can peruse: The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Pretty in Pink, which includes the original ending where Duckie and Andie (Jon Cryer and Molly Ringwald) are supposed to end up together. (Before Blane/Andrew McCarthy and his evil wig steal her away. Seriously. Did anyone really buy into that?)

Want to know how it originally was to end? Here's what Hughes wrote:

Andie takes Duckie's hand and walks him on the dance floor. The crowd separates and opens a large circle. Andie and Duckie stand at the center of the floor. Andie takes Duckie in her arms. She looks at the band leader.

BAND LEADER: He turns his back to his band and they begin to play again.

DUCKIE: He's terrified.

DUCKIE:
"I can't dance."

ANDIE:
"Either can I."

DUCKIE:
"Are we crazy?"

ANDIE:
"Completely."

Andie takes a few steps and starts dancing. Dukie follows clumsily. A few steps and they get in step. They dance without shame or concert for what anybody thinks.

BLANE: He turns back to watch Andie and Duckie.

STEFF AND BENNY: They glare at the new couple. Steff can't hide the anger he feels at being undone by Duckie. 

KATE: She glowers at Blane for his gesture to Duckie and Andie. He could care less.

ANDIE AND DUCKIE: The look at each other and smile. Duckie laughs. Andie squeezes him tight and lifts him off his feet.

FREEZE. MUSIC AND TITLES.

Amazing stuff. I'm not sure i would have included Andie lifting Duckie off his feet, but the rest of it works perfectly.

Prettier in Pink
Which ending of 'Pretty in Pink' do you prefer
The theatrical version with Andie and Blane together
The way John Hughes wrote it, with Duckie and Andie together

Thanks to Pop Candy for posting the link.

[Last modified: Thursday, June 17, 2010 11:43am]

    

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