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Sixteen Candles (1984)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  4 May 1984 (USA)
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A young 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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4 May 1984 (USA)  »

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$6,500,000 (estimated)


$20,500,000 (USA)

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Did You Know?


The movie's costume director begged Molly Ringwald not to wear the hat she wears in the beginning of the movie. Ringwald insisted. After the movie was released, teenage girls started wearing their hats tilted back like this. See more »


When Caroline steps out of the Rolls-Royce, you can tell that she stepped onto a box or platform before walking off. See more »


Caroline: [while drunk] You're such a poop.
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Referenced in Scream Queens: Hell Week (2015) See more »


Performed by AC/DC
Courtesy of Leidseplein Presse B.V. / J. Albert Ltd.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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10 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

This movie is one of the most quotable I've ever seen. Everyone who has ever seen it knows this is true. Along with "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and "The Breakfast Club", this is the best of the John Hughes 1980's movies. The acting is perfection, down to the smallest parts, too. Standouts are Blanche Baker as the bride-to-be on too many painkillers, Justin Henry as the pain-in-the-neck little brother, Michael Schoeffling as hunk-deluxe Jake Ryan and last but never least, Anthony Michael Hall as Farmer Fred....I mean Ted.

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