Pretty Pink adds 30 candles to its birthday cake in 2016, and the ‘80s teen classic will celebrate by returning to theaters for select screenings on Valentine’s Day. According to Fathom Events, which is hawking tickets to the screenings, the re-release will also include “a behind-the-scenes look at the alternate ending that would have changed everything!”
If you’re a true Pink fan (a pinky?), you know all about the original ending, which had our lovable ginger from the other-side-of-the-tracks Andie Walsh (Molly Ringwald) choose her flamboyant friend Duckie (Jon Cryer) over rich high-school dreamboat Blane (Andrew McCarthy) during the film’s climactic prom scene. And though there was a behind-the-scenes look at the scene on an anniversary edition DVD released in 2006 called the “Everything’s Duckie Edition” that listed “The Lost Ending” as a bonus feature, fans were let down that the disc didn’t actually show the scene in full.
As the story goes, that original finale played so poorly with test audiences that director Howard Deutch and writer John Hughes were forced to give the movie its more traditional storybook ending that paired Andie with Blane. (It’s too bad that a year later, Blane would change his name to Jonathan, move to New York, and fall in love with a mannequin.)
To this day fans appear split over who Andie should’ve ended up with, but there’s no denying that the ending they ultimately used yielded a bona fide treasure. To better accommodate the new ending, the group Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (a.k.a. OMD) wrote the song “If You Leave” (in 24 hours no less!), and that of course turned into one of the greatest anthems the '80s ever gave us.
Watch the final sequence, with special appearances by James Spader as sleazy yuppie Steff and Andrew McCarthy’s terrible reshoot wig:
As for what you’ll see in theaters for the re-release, Fathom’s forthright description of it as a “behind-the-scenes look” doesn’t sound like much more than what the special edition DVD offered. But regardless, it makes for a good excuse to rewatch Pink with your sweetheart and a bunch of other pinkies.
You can get tickets to 'Pretty in Pink’ on Feb. 14 here.
Watch the 'Pretty in Pink’ trailer: