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Written by John Hughes, and directed by Howard Deutch, the cult classic film Pretty in Pink was released in 1986. The film is about cliques and romance in American high schools in the 1980s, starring "Brat Pack" members Molly Ringwald as working-class girl "Andie Walsh" and Andrew McCarthy as the rich and preppy "Blane McDonough". Anthony Michael Hall was originally cast as Andie's geeky friend Duckie, but backed out of the part for fear of typecasting, and Jon Cryer took on the iconic role.
The soundtrack for Pretty in Pink primarily featured new wave music, and has been consistently rated as one of the best in modern cinema. "If You Leave," the song in the final scene of the film, was written in 24 hours by British band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, and went on to become an international hit, reaching number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 list in May of 1986. Pretty in Pink was received well by critics and audiences alike, earning over $40 million at the box office, and has remained a fan favorite with an influence on pop culture. The film was released on VHS in 2000, and on DVD in 2002; it was also shown in movie theaters across the United States in February 2016 in honor of its 30th anniversary.