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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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4 May 1984 (USA) See more »
This is Samantha Baker and today is her 16th birthday. The problem is, nobody remembers. See more »
A young girl's "sweet sixteenth" birthday becomes anything but special as she suffers from every embarrassment possible. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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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
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 .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert J. Litt .... sound 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 .... sound 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)
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)
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)
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
Bill Higgins .... location manager
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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93 min
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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 | Norway:11 | Norway:12 (original rating) | Peru:PT | 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 (re-rating) | West Germany:16

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One scene, which was cut from the final theatrical version but later shown in the TV version, was shot in the cafeteria at one of Niles East's two sister schools, Niles North.See more »
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 »
Mike Baker:[about Ginny] Dad, she's got her period. Should make for an interesting honeymoon, huh?
Jim Baker:Where are you learning that stuff?
Mike Baker:School.
Jim Baker:Good. I get my money's worth.
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22 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Now we're both on the pill!, 15 May 2001
Author: smakawhat from Washington, DC

I had to write about this film after seeing the last 10 minutes of it on TV last night. I didn't miss much after all cause I had seen the film countless times when I was younger. Man I remember how much I enjoyed it. This has to be the most 80's character driven film about high school I have ever seen. It is just plain out stupid funny and heartwarming.

While Breakfast Club tries to handle the seriousness of social peers, and Ferris Beuller just solidifies the ultimate 80's experience with some great performances and total hip coolness, Sixteen Candles is just a crazy fun romp through the perils of being a teenager.

Ringwald is at her prime as the overburdened teenager, and Michael Hall is at his greatest as the ultimate schemer-geek. The party aftermath always cracks me up everytime I see it, plus so many more things.

Also, there's a scene where the geek gets unloaded out of the trunk of a car, and i SWEAR it's not a human person but a dummy cause the guy does not move but stands like a broomstick.. It's just one of those bizarre movie qwerks I wish someone could explain to me. And who can forget those alligator shirts.... I laugh now at the way everyone and the bands look in these 80's movies.

Alas it seems, Hall and Ringwald got stuck in stereotyped roles that they never seemed to shed or outgrew them as they became adults, which is to bad cause Ringwald, and particularly Hall's comedic sense of timing in this film is just amazing.

Rating 8 out of 10.

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