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Release Date:
18 March 1983 (Sweden) See more »
Why are all the boys dying to meet Melissa? See more »
Teenager Melissa moves into a small town filled with racial prejudice and bullying and each time she meets up with one of the boys in town, they end up murdered - but who is the killer? Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Bo Hopkins ... Sheriff Dan Burke

Susan Strasberg ... Joanne Morgan

Patrick Macnee ... Dr. John Morgan

Don Stroud ... Billy Franklin

Dana Kimmell ... Marci Burke
Don Shanks ... Jason Longshadow
Aleisa Shirley ... Melissa Morgan

Steve Antin ... Hank Burke

Sharon Farrell ... Kathy Hopkins

Logan Clarke ... Jimmy

Michael Pataki ... George Martin

Henry Wilcoxon ... Greyfeather

Larry Storch ... Earl

Michael Cutt ... Frank (also as Michael J. Cutt)

Glenn Withrow ... Johnny Franklin
Tony Perfit ... Tommy Jackson
Sandy Charles ... Lab Technician
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tim Cutt ... Deputy (uncredited)

Art Roberts ... Angry Guy in Town Meeting (uncredited)

Directed by
Jim Sotos 
Writing credits
Erwin Goldman (written by)

Produced by
Sandy Charles .... associate producer
Jim Gillespie .... producer
June Perfit .... executive producer
Martin Perfit .... executive producer
Jim Sotos .... producer
Original Music by
Tommy Vig 
Cinematography by
James L. Carter 
Film Editing by
Drake Silliman 
Costume Design by
Jill M. Ohanneson 
Makeup Department
Debbie Gillespie .... assistant makeup artist
Jim Gillespie .... makeup artist
Susan V. Kalinowski .... hairdresser (as Susan Kalinowski)
Production Management
Betsy Pollock .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tony Lorea .... first assistant director
Mary Ellen Woods .... second assistant director
Art Department
Ed Callahan .... props
Douglas McDonald .... property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Sandy Berman .... sound effects editor
Jerry Clark .... boom operator
Tim Cooney .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Bradley S. Christian .... grip (as Brad Christian)
Frank D'Angelo .... assistant camera: second unit
James J. Gilson .... lamp operator (as James Gilson)
Gary Graver .... cinematographer: second unit
Scott Guthrie .... electrician
Harry Hope .... grip
Jono Kouzouyan .... gaffer: second unit (as Jono Kouzavan)
Roger LeClaire .... still photographer
Neil Lundell .... best boy
Dean Peterson .... electrician
Todd Pike .... second assistant camera
Roberto A. Quezada .... gaffer (as Roberto Quezada)
John Savka .... key grip
Jeff Smith .... grip
Gary Thieltges .... first assistant camera
Michael Uva .... grip: second unit
Jack Yanekian .... best boy: second unit
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robin Burton .... assistant costume
Editorial Department
Barbara J. Boguski .... assistant editor (as Barbara Boguski)
Debbie Gillespie .... post-production coordinator
Randy Phillips .... apprentice editor
Music Department
Drake Silliman .... music editor
Transportation Department
Scott Crockett .... driver
Tim Cutt .... transportation captain (as Timothy Cutt)
William Foster .... driver (as Bill Foster)
Craig Johnson .... driver
Daniel Krueger .... driver
Eugene Martinez .... driver
Other crew
Kathleen Conklin .... production coordinator
Mark DeFrain .... production assistant
Cathy Rosenstein .... craft service
Patricia Sotirakis .... assistant: Mr. Sotos
Paul Sotirakis .... production assistant
Andrew Spathis .... production assistant (as Andy Spathis)
Patricia A. Stallone .... unit location manager (as Patricia Stallone)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Sweet Sixteen" - USA (alternative title)
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Australia:90 min | USA:90 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Patrick Macnee replaced Leslie Nielsen, who was forced to withdraw from the film because of scheduling problem.See more »
Melissa's ThemeSee more »


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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Not really for hardcore slasher fans., 2 January 2014
Author: Scott LeBrun (Hey_Sweden) from Canada

This 1983 Texas-made feature is more of a murder mystery, and not a terribly successful one. The problem is that apparently the filmmakers (led by producer / director Jim Sotos) and cast were working from an unfinished script, and it shows: the writing overall is muddled. Still, this has an awfully good cast for this sort of thing, and Sotos and company do try to give the story a little extra something by introducing racism (the poor treatment of the local Indians) into the proceedings. "Sweet 16" also banks a lot on the importance of its central character Melissa and the actress in the role, Aleisa Shirley. She's a hot to trot 15 going on 16 year old who seems to enjoy making trouble and being the centre of attention.

One problem with this is that we seem to be getting encouraged to ogle Shirley at every opportunity, and even though Shirley was older than her character, she wasn't *that* much older, making scenes such as a shower sequence highly uncomfortable.

The tale, written by Erwin Goldman, shows what happens as bloody murders begin to occur as Melissa's 16th birthday approaches. The plodding sheriff on the case is Dan Burke (ever amiable Bo Hopkins), whose mystery junkie daughter Marci (Dana Kimmell, a.k.a. the final girl of "Friday the 13th Part III") is eager for some excitement in her small town and follows her fathers' cases with interest. Meanwhile, Indians such as Jason Longshadow (Don Shanks, a.k.a. Michael Myers in "Halloween 5") and his grandfather Greyfeather (Henry Wilcoxon, in his final film role) are targeted by rowdy racist rednecks Billy (Don Stroud) and Jimmy (Logan Clarke).

At the least, "Sweet 16" boasts solid atmosphere, although some slasher aficionados are likely to be dissatisfied with a very small body count and too much murkiness in the gore scenes. (Still, they may be pleased with the various revealing shots of Shirley.) The cast also includes Susan Strasberg, looking lovely as always, Patrick Macnee (who replaced Leslie Nielsen), Steve Antin ("The Goonies"), Sharon Farrell ("Night of the Comet"), Michael Pataki ("Dead & Buried"), Larry Storch ("Without Warning"), Michael Cutt ("Night of the Demon" 1980), and Glenn Withrow ("The Outsiders").

The music, by Tommy Vig, is good, but viewers may cringe at the ultra-sappiness of Melissas' theme song.

Also available in a directors' cut.

Six out of 10.

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