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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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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 young 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 »
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A difficult kiss. See more (155 total) »

Cast

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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)
 
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)
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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Runtime:
93 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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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 | 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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Molly Ringwald almost lost the part of Samantha to Ally Sheedy, her future The Breakfast Club (1985) co-star.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:
Long Duk Dong:Ohhh, sexy girlfriend!... Bonzai!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Czerwona butelka (2012)See more »
Soundtrack:
Rev-UpSee more »

FAQ

Will there be a Direct-to-TV sequel airing on "USA" Channel?
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38 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
A difficult kiss., 26 February 2006
Author: TOMASBBloodhound from Omaha, NE USA

The final shot of this film can in some ways mirror the difficulties of adolescence. We see Molly Ringwald finally getting to kiss the boy she's been after since the film's outset. However this kiss doesn't look like it would have been particularly easy for the actors to pull off. Both Ringwald and Shoeffling are sitting "Indian-style" on a tabletop facing one another. They both have to lean forward presumably using their wrists for leverage while their lips meet over the flaming candles on her birthday cake. A difficult kiss, indeed.

Sixteen Candles is one of the best films John Hughes gave us in the 1980s. The young cast full of so many extraordinary talents gives us one memorable scene after another. Anthony Michael Hall is particularly effective as the leader of the nerdiest students on campus. Listen to his voice crack as he reads many of his lines, and try not to laugh. Good luck! The plot, as many of us know, centers around a young girl (Ringwald) whose parents forget about her sixteenth birthday in the midst of the chaos surrounding her older sister's wedding. At the same time she tries to win the affection of the most popular guy in school who happens to be dating the most beautiful girl in school. Ah, the trials and tribulations of high school.

The film is well-paced, never drags, and has its characters pegged pretty well. The obnoxious grandparents are particularly well-drawn. Of course things are eventually resolved in a manner that could never possibly happen in real life, but that's why we go to the movies.

I miss those destructive house parties!!! 9 of 10 stars.

The Hound.

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