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Writer:
Erwin Goldman (written by)
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Release Date:
18 March 1983 (Sweden) See more »
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Tagline:
Why are all the boys dying to meet Melissa? See more »
Plot:
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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Cast

  (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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Runtime:
Australia:90 min | USA:90 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Patrick Macnee replaced Leslie Nielsen, who was forced to withdraw from the film because of scheduling problem.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Remote Control (1988)See more »
Soundtrack:
Melissa's ThemeSee more »

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3 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Why are all the boys dying to meet Melissa?, 22 December 2008
Author: lymanvunk from United States

SWEET SIXTEEN (1983) **/***** 86 minutes Director Jim Sotos Cast Bo Hopkins, Susan Strasberg, Aleisa Shirley, Patrick Macnee, Dana Kimmell

Fifteen year old bad girl Melissa is new in a desert town and it isn't long before folks around her start dying off. The detective has to put together the clues with the help of his Nancy Drew good girl daughter played by Friday the 13th alumni Dana Kimmell. The local Native Americans are prime suspects since they seem to upset the prejudiced townsfolk. These events all lead up to the revealing of the killer at Melissa's sixteenth birthday party.

This below average slasher isn't too memorable. It has a made for TV feel, without much score besides the title character's own corny theme song which plays a couple times throughout. Lines like "the killer will turn us into coleslaw." Fit into standard eighties slasher screenplays. Marci calls Melissa a bad name then somehow immediately they develop a friendship. Apparently Marci sees how hard it is to fit in because Melissa knows how to wear make-up. This movie would be hard-pressed to be made today with the main character being fifteen and the director inserting multiple gratuitous close-ups of her. The social commentary on Indians wasn't developed enough to be taken seriously. I am too surprised at the fairly high rating this movie gets. Both Sweet Sixteen and Ed Hunt's Bloody Birthday had the potential to capitalize on that time honored tradition of the birthday party to create an intense sequence of carnage but I feel failed to deliver. But on the bright side releasing obscure movies like this on DVD gives hope that others will follow.

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