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Sixteen Candles -- It's Samantha Baker's Sweet Sixteen and no one in her family remembers the important occasion. John Hughes, the writer of National Lampoon's Vacation, shows how coming-of-age can be full of surprises in this warm-hearted teenage comedy starring Molly Ringwald. She's your average teen, enduring creepy freshmen, spoiled siblings, confused parents and the Big Blonde on Campus who stands between her and the boy of her dreams. But wait...the day isn't over yet! This sparkling film features a dynamic score, and outstanding performances by Paul Dooley, Emmy winner Blanche Baker and Oscar nominee Justin Henry.
Sixteen Candles -- A girl's sweet sixteenth birthday becomes anything but special as she suffers from every embarrassment possible.

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Director:
Writer:
John Hughes (written by)
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Release Date:
4 May 1984 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
This is Samantha Baker and today is her 16th birthday. The problem is, nobody remembers. See more »
Plot:
A girl's "sweet" sixteenth birthday becomes anything but special as she suffers from every embarrassment possible. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
You own a church? See more (170 total) »

Cast

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Molly Ringwald ... Samantha

Justin Henry ... Mike Baker

Michael Schoeffling ... Jake

Haviland Morris ... Caroline

Gedde Watanabe ... Long Duk Dong

Anthony Michael Hall ... Geek

Paul Dooley ... Jim Baker

Carlin Glynn ... Brenda Baker

Blanche Baker ... Ginny

Edward Andrews ... Howard

Billie Bird ... Dorothy

Carole Cook ... Helen

Max Showalter ... Fred

Liane Curtis ... Randy

John Cusack ... Bryce
Darren Harris ... Cliff

Debbie Pollack ... Lumberjack (as Deborah Pollack)
Ross Berkson ... Ray Gun Geek #1
Jonathan Chapin ... Jimmy Montrose

Joan Cusack ... Geek Girl #1

Brian Doyle-Murray ... Reverend
Bekka Eaton ... Female D.J.
Pamela Elser ... Shower Double (as Paula Elser)
Steven Farber ... Ray Gun Geek #2

Jami Gertz ... Robin

Frank Howard ... Freshman
Cinnamon Idles ... Sara

John Kapelos ... Rudy
Marge Kotlisky ... Irene

Tony Longo ... Rock

Steve Monarque ... Jock
Bill Orsi ... Bruno
Beth Ringwald ... Patty

Zelda Rubinstein ... Organist
Dennis Vero ... Bus Driver
Elaine Wilkes ... Tracy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Agnes Belushi ... Wedding guest (uncredited)
Elizabeth Cox ... High School Student (uncredited)

Sven Granlund ... Extra (uncredited)

Andy Hirsch ... Boy with Coronet (uncredited)
Stephan Meyers ... Geek at Dance (uncredited)
Robert Minkoff ... Bit (uncredited)
New York City Breakers ... students Breakers (uncredited)
Erika Pearson ... Student (uncredited)
Powerful Pexster ... Student Breakers (uncredited)

Jennifer Scott ... Wall Flower (uncredited)

James Vallo ... Bandie (uncredited)

Directed by
John Hughes 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
John Hughes  written by

Produced by
Sean Daniel .... executive in charge of production
Hilton A. Green .... producer
Michelle Manning .... associate producer
Ned Tanen .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Ira Newborn 
 
Cinematography by
Bobby Byrne 
 
Film Editing by
Edward Warschilka 
 
Casting by
Jackie Burch 
 
Production Design by
John W. Corso 
 
Set Decoration by
Jennifer Polito 
 
Makeup Department
Edouard F. Henriques .... makeup artist (as Edouard Henriques)
Rodger Jacobs .... makeup artist: Chicago (as Roger Jacobs)
Kathe Swanson .... hair stylist: Chicago
Yolanda Toussieng .... hair stylist (as Yolanda Toussien)
 
Production Management
Adam Fields .... executive in charge of production
Daniel Franklin .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Newt Arnold .... first assistant director (as Newton D. Arnold)
James Giovannetti Jr. .... second assistant director (as James R. Giovannetti Jr.)
 
Art Department
Marc Fambro .... laborer
Paul Stanwyck .... head painter: Chicago
Robert R. Volpe .... property master
 
Sound Department
James R. Alexander .... sound mixer (as Jim Alexander)
Bruce Bell .... sound editor
Walter A. Gest .... sound re-recordist
Jack Gosden .... adr editor
Glenn Hoskinson .... sound editor
Bob Johnston .... sound editor
Rick Kline .... re-recording mixer
Robert J. Litt .... re-recording mixer
Gary Priest .... assistant sound editor
John Roesch .... foley artist
Joan Rowe .... foley artist
John Stacy .... supervising sound editor
Bruce Stambler .... sound editor
Elliot Tyson .... re-recording mixer
Michael D. Wilhoit .... sound editor (as Mike Wilhoit)
Greg Agalsoff .... boom operator (uncredited)
Ed Golya .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Allen Hurd .... sound (uncredited)
Greg Orloff .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Donald C. Rogers .... technical director of sound (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Paula-Marie Eiser .... stunt coordinator (as Paula Eiser)
Rick Le Fevour .... stunts
Shannon Madill .... stunts
Cheryl Ivy Sweendy .... stunts
Kay Whipple .... stunts
Mike Yuan .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Art Bartels .... key grip: Chicago
James Blanford .... camera operator: Chicago (as Jim Blanford)
Rick Borchardt .... key grip
John W. Brumshagen .... gaffer (as John Brumshagen)
Donald Carlson .... assistant camera: Chicago crew (as Don Carlson)
Robert C. Carlson .... Camera apprentice
Tom Cox .... best boy (as Tommy Cox)
Eric Engler .... assistant camera
Gary B. Kibbe .... camera operator (as Gary Kibbe)
Michael Orefice .... best boy
James Zenk .... still photographer: Chicago (as Jim Zenk)
 
Casting Department
David Gonzales .... casting assistant
Dee Dee Wehle .... casting assistant (as DeeDee Wehle)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mark Peterson .... costumer: men
Marla Denise Schlom .... costumer: women (as Marla Schlom)
 
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Jerrie Fowler .... assistant film editor: Chicago
Aubrey Head .... color timer
Scott K. Wallace .... assistant editor (as Scott Wallace)
 
Location Management
Bill Higgins .... location manager
 
Music Department
David Buell .... music recording engineer
Jimmy Iovine .... music supervisor
Carlton Kaller .... assistant music editor
Ted Whitfield .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Patrick Nallon .... transportation captain: Chicago (as Pat Nallon)
 
Other crew
Tracy Cutts .... assistant: John Hughes
Drew Elisius .... special consultant
Pamela Elser .... shower double: Haviland Morris
Wayne Fitzgerald .... titler
Pam Green .... production assistant
Mike Henry .... intern
Charles Hirschhorn .... production assistant
Sandy King .... script supervisor
Ross L. Kulma .... set medic
Al Shenfeld .... auditor
Walter Tabayoyong .... stand-in
Linnea Ebba Wicklund .... production secretary (as Linnea Wicklund)
 

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Runtime:
93 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) (original rating) | Canada:G (Quebec) (re-rating) (2003) | Finland:K-12/9 | Iceland:L | India:A | Netherlands:AL | Norway:11 | Norway:12 (original rating) | Peru:Apt | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:15 | Spain:13 | Sweden:Btl | UK:12 (re-rating) (2005) | UK:15 (original rating) (1984-2005) | USA:PG (certificate #27313) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Trivia:
In its opening weekend the film grossed $4,461,520 in 1,240 theaters in the United States and Canada, ranking second. By the end of its run, Sixteen Candles grossed $23,686,027 against a budget of $6.5 million.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: As The Geek enters the Rolls-Royce for the picture with Caroline, he opens the driver-side door and pushes the seat-back forward. In the next shot, the seat-back has already returned to position as The Geek flops into the rear seat.See more »
Quotes:
Samantha:I can't believe I gave my panties to a geek.See more »
Soundtrack:
Sixteen CandlesSee more »

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43 out of 57 people found the following review useful.
You own a church?, 10 April 2000
Author: Boyo-2

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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