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Sixteen Candles (1984)

 -  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 fifteen-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 Duc 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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When you're just sixteen anything can happen! See more »

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$6,500,000 (estimated)

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$20,500,000 (USA)
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Filmed at Niles East High School. Some of the students in the big party scene are wearing Niles East Trojans jackets and shirts. Niles East was in Skokie, Illinois and was closed for over 3 years when the filming started. The original school has since been demolished and is now the location of Oakton Community College. See more »

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When the family is walking out of the church Sam can be seen walking out with them towards the back of the group, she quickly turns and runs back into the church presumably to get her sisters veil. The next shot Sam is back outside and this is when she states "her veil" then runs into the church again. See more »

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Grandma Helen: [attempting to help with breakfast by opening a box of doughnuts] Whoops! Don't wanna use the nails.
Grandma Helen: [finally opening the box of doughnuts with a knife] Voila! Breakfast is ready!
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The eighties were great weren't they
12 July 1999 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

Films like Sixteen Candles personify what the eighties was all about. And if you were a child of the 80s, you will probably identify with this film a lot more than the now younger generation. The story is simple enough, but it works so well. Molly Ringwald is particularly likeable in this, and she is almost irreplaceable in her part. There are heaps of familiar faces, including small parts from many of the present day 'movie stars' ie John Cusack, Joan Cusack and Jami Gertz. It's kind of daggy though, and when you tell people you watched it their response is usually "Oh My God. That is so OLD." But that's what I like about it. If you want to watch a film that reflects the eighties, forget the nostalgia trips of The Wedding Singer and Romy and Michelle. Hire a true eighties product, such as Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, St Elmo's Fire.... The list goes on and on.


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