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Sixteen Candles (1984)

PG | | Comedy, Romance | 4 May 1984 (USA)
A girl's "sweet" sixteenth birthday becomes anything but special, as she suffers from every embarrassment possible.

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Samantha's life is going downhill fast. The sixteen-year-old has a crush on the most popular boy in school, and the geekiest boy in school has a crush on her. Her sister's getting married, and with all the excitement the rest of her family forgets her birthday! Add all this to a pair of horrendously embarrassing grandparents, a foreign exchange student named Long Duk Dong, and we have the makings of a hilarious journey into young womanhood. Written by Rick Munoz <rick.munoz@his.com>

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16 Candles. And you're invited to the party. See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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4 May 1984 (USA)  »

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$6,500,000 (estimated)

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$4,461,520 (USA) (6 May 1984)

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$23,686,027 (USA)
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Viggo Mortensen auditioned for the role of Jake Ryan. See more »

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When Jake Ryan and his friend are doing fake pull-ups in the gym, and they pull back, you can see the dolly track. (Full-screen version only) See more »

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Randy: Geek, can I be honest with you?
The Geek: Not if you're gonna insult me.
[Randy laughs as does Jimmy and Samantha sitting nearby]
The Geek: So? Shoot. Out with it.
Randy: [hard and firm tone] Get the hell out of here!
The Geek: Hey! Nice manners, babe!
Jimmy Montrose: She's totally serious, asswipe!
The Geek: Chill.
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The final copyright notice misspells "liabiltiy." See more »

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Whistle Down the Wind
Written by Nick Heyward (uncredited)
Performed by Nick Heyward
Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
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30 years ago...
28 March 2004 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I am shocked to realise this hilarious film is now 30 years old! Films from 1964 seen in 1988 looked a zillion years apart.....how can a 1980s film like this one still be so new and play so fresh in 2014? ...Apart from it being funnier and truly inspired I really now appreciate more the legacy of John Hughes in his series of films that were released in that 5 year span 1984-89. Anthony Michael Hall is rightly celebrated and gorgeous Molly Ringwald deserves her fame in the teen hall of Stardom. Whatever happened to Michael Schoeffling (Jake)....anyone know? It seems incongruous that so many future stars got their start in this film yet he seemed to go nowhere. I am also very surprised it got a PG rating.......given the swearing and the nudity..but I guess in the spirit of it all it was a perfect pic for anyone 12 - 112. Very clever and very funny.


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