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Release Date:
September 1983 (USA) See more »
Why are all the boys dying to meet Melissa? See more »
A beautiful lonely girl named Melissa tries to make new friends from a town she's currently living in... See more » | 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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Remote Control (1988)See more »
Melissa's ThemeSee more »


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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Small Town Texas Ripper, 3 January 2011
Author: Dagon from Dallas, Texas

Melissa, the 15-year-old new girl, is the main attraction for all of the small town boys. But why is it that each person that shares a connection with her ends up dead by the work of a blade? Sheriff Dan Burke investigates with the unwanted but appreciative aid of his son and daughter – Hank and Marci.

Easily the most recognizable player in this low-budget cheapie is Patrick Macnee which some of you may recognize from Waxwork 1 & 2(1988 & 1992), The Howling from 1981, '77's Dead of Night, and most notably The Avengers (1961-1969). He's held a long career in both film and television with a small focus on horror. Macnee didn't receive an important role in Sweet Sixteen so his appearance is limited. The rest of the cast do a fine job of transitioning each scene to the next so Macnee's presence isn't a total waste. Another well-known actress for the time was Dana Kimmell who scored decently as the Sheriff's daughter. She's still famous for starring in 1982's Friday the 13th: Part III.

Sweet Sixteen doesn't focus on the murders too much but opts to hone in on the characters instead. This decision was a poor one because at no point do we feel overly attached to any of them, rendering this exercise pointless. In maintaining the proper mindset, we have to be aware of what to expect from an entry like this – so despite a very low production, this isn't too bad of a film for what it is. The twist ending is somewhat confusing and to spin things once more, an event that plays out just moments before the curtain call isn't terribly original but classic for the era. The run-time falls somewhere in the realm of an hour and 28 minutes and although certain segments are lengthy and dull it's definitely not the worst Slasher you'll ever see.

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